Best Wizard-in-Residence Denver 2008 - Lonnie Hanzon
Museum of Outdoor Arts
Part of Lonnie Hanzon's charm is in the way the visual designer seems to reappear like a flesh-and-blood Dumbledore — here and there, from time to time, fully wound — holding court over a magical world of his own invention. He's created spectacular Parade of Lights floats, over-the-top Christmas displays in Hong Kong and the whimsical "Evolution of the Ball" sculpture at Coors Field, but Hanzon's recent appointment as house artist and creative director at the Museum of Outdoor Arts puts the pointed cap squarely atop his serendipitous career. In addition to bringing back MOA's winter Ice + Snow holiday installation this year, the erstwhile Merlin will have his own show at the museum in October, and his "maximalist" style will help drive the renovated institution's visual direction when it reopens in April.