Paul Mesner: Artist-In-Residence

October 15, 2012 (All day) - October 19, 2012 (All day)

Paul Mesner is a puppeteer and founder of the Kansas City-based Paul Mesner Puppets. He studied with Lee Ridge in Lincoln, Nebraska as well as at the prestigious International Institute of Puppetry in Charleville-Mezier, France. Mesner regularly collaborates with local and national artists, musicians, fashion designers and crafts people to create puppetry that showcases his unique brand of humor. He presents performances using many different types of puppets, from simple finger puppets to rod and stick puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, and even bigger than life-sized puppets worn by performers.

Mesner and his company will be performing Rapunzel with life-size puppets at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Sunday, October 14. Space is still available for the RCAH trip to see the performance!

During the week of October 15 to October 19, Mesner will be working with students from Professor Carolyn Loeb's class, RCAH 291: "The Worlds of Puppetry" and will be available during open workshops on Tuesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 18 (7 to 10 p.m., RCAH Art Studio). A performance of Pulchinella by Paul Mesner will be held on October 19 in the RCAH Theater.

Currently, in the second floor display cases, shadow puppets, marionettes and rod puppets from the MSU Museum collection are on display. This collection represents pieces from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mali, the United States, and beyond.

Information taken from the Paul Mesner Puppets website.