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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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High Tech Uniform Designs Propel Olympians to Gold

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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 COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
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