What does a McNeese State University professor, rock star Steven Tyler and Super Bowl 50 all have in common? (March 1, 2016) This year’s popular Skittles commercial. You know the one –Tyler comes face to face with a caricature-like portrait of himself made out of Skittles that comes to life and is encouraged by Tyler to go “higher” and “higher” as it belts out the iconic rock song “Dream On” performed by Tyler with the band Aerosmith back in the 70s before it explodes into a million pieces on that last high note? Martin Bee, professor of art at McNeese since 1987, created the artwork for Tyler’s portrait for that commercial. And no one knew, not even his classes, until the night of Super Bowl 50. “I had signed a non-disclosure agreement so that’s why I couldn’t say anything,” said Bee.
McNeese State University art professor Martin Bee displays one of the many illustrations of rock star Steven Tyler that he created for the Skittles commercial that ran during Super Bowl 50. Bee submitted several illustrations until the ad agency and Tyler agreed upon the sketch used in the commercial.
The McNeese Department of Visual Arts will host High School Portfolio Day 2016 for junior and senior art students from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, in the Shearman Fine Arts Annex.
March 4 - 7:00pm
The McNeese Performing Arts Department will host a faculty flute recital featuring Judy Hand at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in Tritico Theatre as part of its Spring Faculty/Guest Artist Series
March 3 - 7:00pm
Cirque Zuma Zuma will be in Lake Charles at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Burton Coliseum as part of the 2016 lineup of Banners at McNeese State University
March 5 - 3:00pm
A free screening of the film, “The Princess Bride,” will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Cinemark Movie Theatre as part of the 2016 season of Banners at McNeese.
March 2 -
9:00am to 2:00pm
The Spring 2016 McNeese State University Career Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Recreational Complex on campus.
Beginning Feb. 29, the Graduate Record Examination will be offered by the testing center at McNeese State University.
Banners at McNeese will present a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film, "Selma"on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Cinemark Movie Theatre in Lake Charles.
February 27 - 7:00pm
A free reading by award-winning author Jill McCorkle will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Stream Alumni Center as part of the 2016 Banners at McNeese State University season.