School of Art + Design News

James Ivory with Oscar

College of Design alumni take home Oscars

James Ivory, a 1951 UO graduate, took home the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the film “Call Me by Your Name” at Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. At 89, Ivory becomes the oldest person ever to win an Academy Award in a competitive category.

people stand in snow wearing Winter Olympics gear. Image source: The Conversation.

Outfitting the World's Best Athletes for the Winter Olympics

Much more goes into designing sports apparel than these streamlined skins reveal at first glance. Sports Product Design program head Susan Sokolowski describes the design process and the research in areas such as materials science, aerodynamics, biomechanics, and physiology that go into developing a medal-winning outfit.
team gets advice during masterclass

Sports Product Design Lands in Munich

Two Sports Product Design students were chosen to attend a prestigious masterclass in Germany.

Laurenne Ross in ski race

Returning Duck Olympian Competes in 2018 Winter Games

For this art student and alpine skier, life is looking up as she competes in her second Olympics!

border at beach

Two Art Faculty Selected to Feature Video Installation at Prestigious 2018 Venice Biennale

School of Art + Design faculty members David Rueter and Marissa Benedict have film featured at 2018 Venice Biennale, the 'Olympics of the art world.'

UO Wings

Sports Product Design Student Soars at UO’s Wings

Kodi Whitfield, a graduate student in the School of Art + Design’s Sports Product Design program, was one of five student, faculty, and alumni presenters at the University of Oregon’s inaugural “Wings Presidential Speaker Series” at the University of Oregon in Portland.

Kodi Whitfield

This Is the Place to Be

Former Stanford football player Kodi Whitfield now tackles innovation in the School of Art + Design's sports product design program.

students ride on TriMet light rail

Students Learn about the TriMet Rider Experience

Product Design students work with TriMet’s lead architect, project planners, and marketing department to make traveling along the Southwest Corridor in Portland more user-friendly.
students talk with Arturo Zavala and Wilson Smith

Inaugural Art + Design Symposium Pairs Professionals with Students

College of Design students joined professionals from a wide range of creative practices to learn about careers in design and how to navigate from academics to professional practice.

Metal sculptor Jud Turner, BA fine arts, ’95, mentors middle school student Taja Kester

Young designers get career boost in free apprenticeship program

UO product design professors and alumni are mentoring middle- and high-school students in a hands-on after school design program at the UO’s Innovation Hub in downtown Eugene.

Messaging Bellini. Photo courtesy Polys Peslikas.

Globally renowned art critic to present talks in Eugene and Portland, tour Oregon artist studios

Jan Verwoert will offer public presentations in November and visit 15-20 Oregon artists in their studios. Based in Europe, he’s the first international visitor to join in Connective Conversations. The program is a partnership between The Ford Family Foundation, the University of Oregon, and four other academic institutions that brings professional critics and curators to the Northwest for one-on-one studio visits and community conversations. 

#CarbonFeed sound-art installation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Smithsonian museum features UO instructors’ sound and art installation

Thanks to two instructors in the School of Art + Design and the School of Music and Dance, you can see and hear the carbon footprint of a tweet or a Google post in real time—and visualize how much energy it takes. John Park and Jon Bellona’s #CarbonFeed sound and art installation was featured recently at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

College of Design Launch Party

College of Design launches with celebratory party October 6

Help celebrate the new College of Design and kick off the academic year at a launch party in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard and the Hayden and Krause galleries on October 6, 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and free College of Design T-shirts will be available to the first 100 students.

510 Oak Street building and street sign

UO buys downtown building for Art + Design faculty studios

In 2018, Art and Product Design faculty are getting new research studios—in downtown Eugene. The move will create “a kind of think tank for art and design,” said Laura Vandenburgh, head of the School of Art + Design.

Ceramic cups

Custom cups help new students build camaraderie

Incoming College of Design students will each receive an individually designed drinking vessel made by fellow students and presented at orientation.