Did you know?
Herbert Ryman ’31, who moved to Decatur, Ill., when he was age 9, was an artist who worked in watercolor, oils and pen/ink sketches. After attending and studying art at Millikin, he graduated cum laude from the Chicago Art Institute in 1932. He then went to work for Walt Disney in 1938.
In 1953, upon the personal request of Walt Disney, Ryman completed the first overall illustration for the construction of Disneyland. He contributed to Walt Disney World as a designer of Epcot Center and chief designer of Cinderella’s castle, as well as assisting in the design of the Tokyo Disneyland. Ryman was also responsible for much of the art direction in movies such as “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia” and “Dumbo.”
Ryman received the Alumni Merit Award in 1953, as well as the Alumnus of the Year award in 1976. In his honor, Millikin hosted an art exhibit and “meet the artist reception” in November 1973 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
In May 1979, Ryman attended the Millikin Alumni Banquet and presented then MU President Roger J. Miller with a portrait Ryman had done of President Miller (see photo at left.)
Ryman died in 1989 at age 79.