Art of the Olympians
Art of the Olympians (AOTO) is an organization and program of Olympian and Paralympian artists that promotes the Olympic ideals of values, integrity, character, respect, honor, and work ethic through exhibitions and educational programs. It puts on traveling exhibitions, runs workshops, organizes talks at schools, to show and discuss the connection between sport, art, and the Olympics. AOTO previously operated a museum.
AOTO is a program of the non-profit Al Oerter Foundation.
Art of the Olympians was founded in 2006 by American Olympic gold medalist discus thrower and artist Al Oerter, who died in 2007. In 2006, the organization put on a touring exhibition of Art by Olympians. Art of the Olympians put on an exhibition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. AOTO also held a 2008 exhibition at the Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College in Fort Myers, Florida.
In February 2010 Art of the Olympians held an exhibition at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2011, graphic artist and former long jumper Bob Beamon became the CEO of the Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery.
During the 2012 London summer Olympics AOTO held two international exhibitions in the United Kingdom. The first was held at the University College of London and the second was held in Torbay on the south coast of England.
On July 16, 2013, CEO Bob Beamon released an open letter directed to the museum's board announcing his resignation. On July 17, after 3 and a half years, the Art of the Olympians museum and the Al Oerter Center for Excellence closed its doors. On the AOTO website they posted an announcement: "It's time to reorganize and restructure the foundation. A new direction focused on National and International Exhibitions programs will further the vision of the founder." Cathy Oerter, Al Oerter's widow, is currently the CEO of Art of the Olympians.
In December 2015, Roald Bradstock became the Executive Director of the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) and Art of the Olympians. And on December 2, Prince Albert ll of Monaco became the Trustee of the Al Oerter Foundation and Art of the Olympians.
In March 2016, Bradstock was interviewed on BBC Radio Two and then CNN International World Sport. He announced that AOTO was marking their ten-year anniversary by launching a global campaign and search for new Olympian and Paralympian artists. 
On September 12, 2018 The World Olympians Association (WOA) announced the formation of a new WOA Arts Committee called "OLY Arts". Roald Bradstock was appointed the Chair of the new Committee. Fellow AOTO artists Emanuela Pierantozzi and Shane Gould joined Bradstock on the Arts Committee along with WOA President Joël Bouzou, WOA Executive Committee Member Natalie Cook and Olympian artists Pat Burgener (musician) and Takahiro Fujimoto (actor). Diane de Coubertin - granddaughter of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games - and Francis Gabet, Director of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage were the final two other Committee members.
Numerous Olympians and Paralympians have contributed works to the foundation:
- Rink Babka – Painting
- Carl Borack – Film / Video / Photography
- Roald Bradstock – Painting / Drawing / Collage / Performance Art
- Greg Burns – Painting
- Chris Coleman – Photography
- Skip Cutting – Painting
- Joseph Dube – Painting
- Jean-Blaise Evéquoz – Painting
- Peggy Fleming – Painting
- Simon Goody – Painting
- Shane Gould – Photography
- Martin Hagen – Sculpture
- Florence Griffith-Joyner – Painting
- Kader Klouchi – Painting
- Bill Kund – Photography
- Queen Kyomo – Dancing
- Nancy Lewington – Photography
- Vincent Mathews – Mixed Media
- Lucia Medzihradská – Mixed Media
- Tony Moore – Poet
- Cameron Myler – Photography
- Al Oerter – Painting
- Emanuela Pierantozzi – Sculpture
- Peter Schifrin – Sculpture
- Kate Schmidt – Painting
- John Stillings – Painting
- Allison Wagner – Painting
- Larry Young – Sculpture
- Wojciech Zablocki – Watercolor
- Lynda Blutriech – Photography
- Robin Cousins – Performer
- Neil Eckersley – Painter, Digital Artist
- Kevin McMahon – Digital Media
- Tasha Danvers – Painter, Singer
- Chris Channon – Poet
- Breaux Greer – Photography
- Brenden Reilly – Drawing, Painting
- Bob Beamon – Graphic Artist
- Amy Acuff – Model, Painter
- Rafer Johnson – Actor
- Gary Visconti – Painter
- Shevon Stoddart – Singer
- Birgit Fischer – Photography
- Eric Josjö – Photography
- Jamie Nieto – Actor, Writer, Director
- Alex Fong – Singer, Actor
- Michelle Campi – Painter, Poet
- Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg – Photographer, Singer
- Cheung Ho Lun – Painter
- Kevin Young – Drawing
- Corinna West – Poetry
- Pauline Gardiner – Painter
- Jennifer Chandler – Painter
- Reynaldo Brown – Photography
- Shannon Miller – Writer
- Lanny Barnes – Drawing
- John Herbert – Graphic Design
- Ben Nighthorse Campbell – Jewelry
- Joseph Joyce – Painter
- Michael Murray - Painter
- Prince Albert II of Monaco
Board of directors
The foundation has a board of directors:
- Cathy Oerter
- Markus Sherry
- Emanuela Pierantozzi
- Anita DeFrantz
- Kevin Murphy
- Jimmy Mellado
- Edward Stransenback
- Jack Scharr
- Marc Serota
- CEO – Cathy Oerter
- Executive Director – Roald Bradstock
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