Each generation stands on the shoulders of the past… Our civilization can only maintain itself by passing on our dreams and our talents to the next generation.” –Herbert D. Ryman

History and Founders

Herbert Ryman (1910–1989) encouraged young artists throughout his long career as an artist, designer and Imagineer at Walt Disney Studios. After his death, his friends and family established Ryman Arts in 1989 to carry on his philosophy and commitment to teach and encourage young artists to reach their full potential.

Officially incorporated as the Ryman-Carroll Foundation, the organization is a 501(c)3 public charity. Over the years, the program has been called the Herbert Ryman Living Masters Program and the Ryman Program for Young Artists. To streamline communications, the organization adopted the name Ryman Arts in 2005.



Lucille Ryman Carroll (1906–2002) established what was originally known as the Ryman-Carroll Foundation in tribute to her brother Herbert D. Ryman and to honor his life-long dedication to mentoring young artists.

Along with their mutual love of art and culture, and their family-inspired dedication to education, Lucille and her brother both had singular careers in the film industry’s “golden era.”

Starting out as a teacher in Decatur, Illinois, Lucille came to California and studied acting at Pasadena Community Playhouse. She landed stage roles here and in New York before working as a talent scout for Universal Studios’ New York office. A few years later, she came to Los Angeles as head of MGM’s Talent Department—one of the few women under the old Hollywood studio system to reach such a high professional stature. Lucille Ryman Carroll died in her Glendale home at the age of 96 on October 22, 2002.

To honor her, Ryman Arts awards the Lucille Ryman Carroll Scholarship each year to an outstanding Ryman Arts graduate who pursues higher education.

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Harrison “Buzz” Price (1921-2010) and his wife Anne were co-founders of Ryman Arts. Buzz and Anne were active, devoted board members until Buzz’s death at age 89 in 2010.

Anne and Buzz were generous supporters of the program, and underwrote several scholarships for Ryman Arts graduates. Buzz and Anne have been honored for their lifetime of service to Ryman Arts with the Herbert D. Ryman Mentor Award. Indeed, Buzz was an extraordinary mentor to many. Countless young artists at Ryman Arts owe their artistic education to this remarkable visionary.

Born May 17, 1921, in Oregon City, Oregon, Buzz Price grew up in Southern California, graduating from San Bernardino High School before receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his MBA from Stanford. While attending Cal Tech, he met his future wife, Anne Shaw, who was attending Pomona College. They were married in 1944.

"Buzz” Price was recognized as the pioneer in the field of theme park, resort, and leisure-recreation project feasibility almost from the day in 1953 that Walt and Roy O. Disney chose him “to determine the economic feasibility of the best location for a new project – Disneyland.”

Price, an engineering graduate of CalTech, had joined Stanford Research Institute after receiving his MBA. “I asked Walt if he had a bias about the location for his Magic Kingdom,” Price recalled years later. “’Absolutely not!’ he said. ‘You tell me where the best location is.’” Price analyzed the potential sites in the Southern California area, ultimately focusing on Orange County after considering population trends, accessibility, and climate factors. They selected 160 acres of orange groves in Anaheim, just off the Santa Ana Freeway at Harbor Boulevard. “We hit it right on the nose,” Price later recalled, “dead center. That was the perfect place for it.”

“Buzz was the father of our industry of economic consulting,” notes Ray Braun, Entertainment Practice Leader for AECOM Economics (formerly ERA). “He invented the science. He was mentor to me and many of us in this practice. He set the course and paved the way for us.”

Watch the interview with David Price below:

Buzz Price TEA Ryman Arts Endowment Fund: Ryman Arts has teamed up with the Themed Entertainment Association Foundation (TEAF) and the Price family to endow the Buzz Price TEA Ryman Arts Endowment Fund to support a student at Ryman Arts each year. To add to the TEA Buzz Price Scholarship Endowment, you can make a donation directly online.

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Anne Shaw Price (1923-2012) and her husband Harrison were education leaders and patrons of some of Southern California’s largest arts organizations.

Born in Stockton, California, Anne Shaw sang professionally as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York City. She performed with the Roger Wagner Chorale, the Collegiate Chorale in New York, and Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians. Anne was also a lecturer in vocal repertoire at UCLA and a music teacher in the Buckley School.

Paul Salamunovich, Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1991 to 2001, commented that he “had known Anne for more than 60 years, first as a fellow
singer in the Roger Wagner Chorale and later as a Los Angeles Master Chorale member. She was a kind, warm and gracious lady and will be greatly missed.”

“Anne was the quintessential Board member,” Ryman Arts Board President Marty Sklar noted. “She was usually quiet until the moment of decision, when she invariably pointed the Board to the most effective and ethical path. She was completely focused on what was best for our high school student artists.”

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Marty Sklar (1934-2017) was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the month before the park opened. He spent his first decade at Disney as "the kid," the very youngest of the creative team Walt had assembled at WED Enterprises. But despite his youth, his talents propelled him forward into substantial responsibility: he became Walt's speech writer, penned Walt's and Roy's messages in the company's annual report, composed most of the publicity and marketing materials for Disneyland, conceived presentations for the U.S. government, devised initiatives to obtain sponsors to enable new Disneyland developments, and wrote a twenty-four-minute film expressing Walt's philosophy for the Walt Disney World project and Epcot. He was Walt's literary right-hand man.

Over the next forty years, Marty Sklar rose to become president and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he devoted his entire career to creating, enhancing, and expanding Walt's magical empire. Marty Sklar and his wife Leah co-founded Ryman Arts in 1990, in memory of Disney artist Herbert D. Ryman, and he served as President of the Board from 1990-2015.


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