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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

O-Tube

High Tech Uniform Designs Propel Olympians to Gold

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu
 

2012 Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross takes the Gold in a Nike Pro TurboSpeed Kit. Otis College of Art and Design alumnus Scott Williams on Nike innovation and Olympic apparel.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 10, 2012 - Nike’s 2012 Olympic Track and Field Team Apparel carries the tag “Engineered to the exact specifications of championship athletes,” and Sanya Richards-Ross, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Champion in the 400-meter, was wearing a Nike Pro TurboSpeed kit as she crossed the finish line.

Scott Williams, a graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, is Nike’s Creative Director of Sport Innovation and Olympics, and he recently spoke with the editors of Cool Hunting about Nike’s fastest uniforms to date.

The culmination of 12 years of research and more than 1,000 hours of wind tunnel testing, the new streamlined Olympic Kit is what Nike calls a “zero distraction” garment. Scanning technology maps of athletes’ bodies to the nearest millimeter ensured that the uniforms fit like a second skin. Using what Nike calls “Zoned Aerodynamics” to redirect air in targeted areas, the garment works like the surface of a golf ball, with dimpled swaths of “AeroSwift” fabric used to “trip” air on the limbs, which can reach speeds of up to 47 MPH at peak performance. The full-body tracksuit actually adds speed to the skin.

Williams explained that Nike studied hundreds of textures when designing the uniforms, focusing on aesthetics, aerodynamics, and environmental sustainability. The impressive results marry form and function from a detailed data-driven process. The seamless look accentuates the physique, and white patches on the arms and legs of the uniforms will flicker at high speeds giving spectators an added visual.

Among many other projects, Scott Williams has been involved with the Nike Innovation Team of sportswear designers who came up with the so-called "Pre-Core Vest," intended to lower an athlete's core body temperature before long races. The vest debuted at the 2004 Olympics, and has been an evolving technological concept since its introduction.

In 2002, Williams returned to Otis College of Art and Design as a mentor for students in the Fashion Design Department, sharing his cutting-edge design skills and knowledge base, and instructing students in the finer points of designing for a leading innovator in materials research and apparel construction. Scott mentored students again this past year on a project designing prototypes for running, beach volleyball, and basketball apparel for the London 2012 Olympics.

Fashion Design BFA Program
The Fashion Design Department at Otis trains students in all aspects of the design process, offering a fully accredited BFA degree. The school year follows the industry schedule and several seasons are designed simultaneously. Working with professional mentors, students learn far more than the skills needed to sew and draw: they experience all facets of the industry, and they learn to meet deadlines with creativity and self-discipline. Otis Fashion alumni enter the design world as assistant designers, associate designers, illustrators, costume designers, textile designers, accessory designers, and product designers. Some open their own clothing line immediately upon graduation.

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.