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Otis College of Art and Design Senior Wins Prestigious Windgate Fellowship
Product Design at Otis

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2013  - Christopher Basil Fong from Honolulu, HI, an Otis College of Art and Design senior majoring in Product Design, has been named a 2013 Windgate Fellow by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, a Center of the University of North Carolina, Asheville.  

The $15,000 Windgate Fellowship Award is among the largest and most prestigious offered nationally to graduating seniors.  One of only ten recipients in a field of 115 nominees from 68 institutions, Christopher won in the mixed media/product design category for outstanding achievement in handmade objects in fiber, metal, wood, clay, glass, and 3-D technology.  

Otis faculty member and internationally acclaimed ceramist Joan Takayama-Ogawa served as Christopher’s mentor for the Windgate competition.  “Chris’ body of work is a testament to his talent, hard work, and dedication to material-driven design,” Takayama-Ogawa observed.  “I couldn’t be more proud of his achievement and the exceptional way in which he represented Otis in the College’s first year of participation in this competition.”

As part of his fellowship, Christopher will enroll in workshops at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in southern France to study with the Vienna-based design collective Mischer’Traxler.  He will then research graduate schools in France, England, and the Netherlands before completing his fellowship by taking wood and blacksmithing courses at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Upon learning that he had been named a 2013 Windgate Fellow, Christopher expressed gratitude to his faculty mentor Takayama-Ogawa, Product Design Chair Steve McAdam, and the Product Design faculty “for creating a fertile environment” in which he could grow as a designer.  

“I feel very humbled to receive this award,” Christopher commented, “and I hope my winning it opens new doors and opportunities for future Otis students to compete for fellowships that will kick start their careers.  I hope this fellowship will kick start mine.”

Christopher is an alumnus of the Iolani School on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and will graduate from Otis this spring.


INFO ON THE WINDGATE FELLOWSHIP:  http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/2011-windgate-fellowship-awards/

CHRISTOPHER FONG WEBSITE AND VIDEO: http://chrisbasilfong.4ormat.com

MISCHER’TRAXLER http://www.mischertraxler.com

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

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, Adobe, 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; the Graduate Studios are 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.
 

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist