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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


High Tech Uniform Designs Propel Olympians to Gold

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.