Throwback Thursday: Elizabeth Case ’53

February 23 2017
Category: Alumni

Elizabeth Case alumni painting

As the Elmira College Chiclettes a cappella group gets ready to perform in Disney World today, we throwback to an alumni that also had a special Disney connection.

Elizabeth Case ’53, worked as an animation artist for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in 1956, becoming one of the first women working in that field. After her success in animation, Case left Disney and started teaching classes, painting murals, illustrating, and writing poems along with children’s books. Case also worked as a narrator for “Pax and Dig.”

Case served as a Navy Combat Artist and a muralist who went on to paint for the Church of the Good Shepard in Fort Lee, New Jersey, for the Los Angeles County Hospital, and, her most famous mural, entitled ‘The Wrong Elf ” for the public library on Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Her artistic success led Case to join the Board of Directors of the National Society of Mural Painters. While on the board, Case wrote the mural handbook and had many of her articles published in major art periodicals.

Case received many accolades for her life’s work including “Who’s Who in America,” ”Who’s Who of American Women,” “Who’s Who in American Art,” and “Who’s Who in the Cast;” along with several achievement and appreciation certificates from Elmira College.

Today, the Elizabeth Case Collection at Elmira College contains an assortment of her illustrations, sketches, photographs, and slides. Case kept many binders with programs, newspaper articles, and correspondence about her exhibitions. There are also journals containing notes, short stories or poems, and rough sketches. 

Case attended Elmira College, the French Institute, and the Art Student’s League as well as taking classes at several colleges in her later years. She passed away in 2006 at the age of 76.