DENVER – Successful athletes need a keen eye, strong focus and the discipline to hone precise skills of execution. So do artists, and these qualities are abundantly displayed in “Art of the Olympians,” on display June 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. This traveling exhibit, featuring more than 25 pieces of art by former Olympians, is part of the American College of Sports Medicine’s 58th Annual Meeting and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®.
Liston Bochette III, Ph.D., an artist from Puerto Rico who competed in five Olympic Games (decathlon and bobsled), will be on hand to represent the Art of the Olympians Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. Bochette serves on the board of Art of the Olympians. A former Secretary General of the World Olympians Association, his numerous awards include the USSA Sport Artist of the Year. As an athlete, he has held various national records.
The “Art of the Olympians” display enhanced the opening ceremony of the second World Congress on Exercise is Medicine yesterday evening. The collection is now available for viewing by those participating in the ACSM Annual Meeting or the World Congress on Exercise is Medicine.
Background on Art of the Olympians
In the ancient Olympic Games, an athlete was not only expected to possess great agility and strength, but to also understand and nurture the arts. By training the body in sport and the mind in art, literature, poetry and music, the ancient Olympic Games aspired to produce more responsible and enriched citizens.
Dismayed by the “winning is everything” attitude prevalent in today’s sports arena, Al Oerter, the legendary, four-time consecutive Olympic Gold Medalist in the discus, turned to those ancient Olympic ideals. Oerter utilized his passion for art and sport to motivate others to be at their best. He envisioned a modern-day arena that would be a home to physical educational and artistic excellence.
In 2005, Oerter was approached to present a show of his artwork in Fort Myers, Florida. To create a greater impact, Oerter reached out to a group of Olympians, who in the mid-1990s mounted a successful world art tour. He entitled this exhibit “Art of the Olympians,” to represent a fusion between the sport and art arenas educating both audiences and artists.
With the guidance of fellow Olympian and artist Liston Bochette, Art of the Olympians Foundation was born. Now, Olympians are able to showcase their artwork, assist in both youth and community outreach programs, inspire creativity and motivate individuals to achieve greatness. Located in the heart of the Historic Riverfront District of Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, the Art of the Olympians Center of Excellence represents a place where dreams are formed and success is chartered. With more than 10,000 square feet of floor space, visitors are invited to discover the ancient Olympic ideals through evolving displays of film, art, academic presentations and more in the Art of the Olympians Gallery and Museum.
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