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Gerald Lester Matthews, American artist. With United States Air Force, 1948-1952.


Matthews, Gerald Lester was born on July 21, 1928 in Wisconsin Rapid, Wisconsin, United States. Son of James Lester and Edyth Caroline (Rutter) Matthews.


Bachelor of Science in Art Education, University of Wisconsin, 1956.


Free-lance artist Commercial Art Service, Wisconsin Rapids, 1946-1948. Illustrator technical United States Air Force, United States, 1948-1952. Free lance artist/designer Bassett Art Service, Madison, Wisconsin, 1952-1957.

Television artist, performer, freelance television producer of programming State History Society Wisconsin and Station WMTV, 1954-1956. Artist General Electric Company, Advertising department, Schenectady, 1957-1961. Artist/designer Swan Studios & Raven Ent., Chicago, Hinsdale, Illinois, 1961-1962.

Free lance artist/designer Exhibit Builders, Del-Art Productions, Places & Spaces, Wisconsin Dells, 1962-1973. Freelance artist/designer Western River Steamboat Company, 1968-1972. Architectural designer/artist, designer Exhibit Builders Walt Disney Productions, WED Imagineering, Orlando, Florida and Glendale, California, 1974-1984.

Architectural designer, artist Tokyo Disneyland, Epcot, 1978-1981. Freelance consultant, designer Walt Disney World, Epcot Schweizer Inc., Orlando, 1984-1989. Freelance artist/architectural designer Design:4, Lake Buena Vista/Apopka, Florida, since 1984.

Sculptor, painter, artist, since 1956. Consultant designer Tokyo Disneyland, Epcot, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, 1978-1984. Freelance artist Walt Disney World Design & Engineering, 1987-1988.


  • Avocations: American Indian culture, Japanese culture, cartooning, charicature, animation.


  • Other Work

    • One man show include Nekoosa (Wisconsin) Edwards Paper Company, 1967. Group exhibitions include University Wisconsin Art Collection, Madison, 1954-1956, Village Art Shows, Schenectady, New York, 1959-1961, State History Society Wisconsin, Madison, Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin, State Wisconsin Reference Library. Exhibited at corporations and institutes Dells Boat Company, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 1966-1973, Olson Boat Company, Wisconsin Dells, Industrial Coils, Baraboo, Fort Dells Art Gallery, General Electric Artists, Schenectady, Ronald McDonald Child's Hospital, Orlando, Florida, Prudential Insurance, Orlando, First Methodist Church, Hinsdale, Illinois, numerous others.

      Represented in private collections Michael Jackson home, United States, Japan, England and Ireland, State History Society Wisconsin, Madison and Baraboo, Cathedral Church of St. Lukes, Orlando, Florida.


The Covenant is the means of grace by which the relationship with God is accepted and then sustained. It is therefore not so much about getting in to a relationship with God as it is about staying in it.


The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.


Responsibility for parenting is to encourage social, economic, and religious efforts to maintain and strengthen relationships within families in order that every member may be assisted toward complete personhood.


With United States Air Force, 1948-1952.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: American Indian culture, Japanese culture, cartooning, charicature, animation.


Married Marilyn Elsie Westfall, December 28, 1950. Children: Trudee Langford, Tarra Kaschub, Tangee and Tamee.

James Lester Matthews

Edyth Caroline (Rutter) Matthews

Marilyn Elsie Westfall

Trudee Langford Matthews

Tarra Kaschub Matthews

Tangee and Tamee Matthews