Published: Sep 19, 2011
SAVANNAH, Georgia - Gautam Dutta, currently a SCAD illustration
graduate student in Savannah, has won the National Color Collection Competition for his outstanding t-shirt design. The winner was announced yesterday at a ceremony in New York City.
Entrants were challenged to design a t-shirt inspired by vitaminwater zero. Gautam's winning design will now be sold on fashionvault.ebay.com
. He also received a $5,000 grant and a trip to Los Angeles, where he will attend "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Ellen is a spokesperson for vitaminwater zero.
"I am on cloud nine," said Gautam. "This is an amazing opportunity to help achieve my professional dreams. I am so proud to be representing SCAD and so grateful to my professors for providing me an amazing foundation to fine tune my talent."
Gautam was chosen as one of ten finalists by vitaminwater style council members, among them Eric Daman, costume designer for "Gossip Girl," Andrea Linett, creative director of eBay fashion, Joe Zee, creative director at ELLE magazine, and designers Chris Benz and Richard Chai, who sorted through entries from aspiring artists across the country to find the most remarkable vitaminwater zero-inspired designs. The ten finalists then had their designs posted on vitaminwater's Facebook page, where fans voted for their favorite to help select the winner.
"The work Gautam has been creating during his graduate illustration studies at SCAD is breathtaking," said Allan Drummond
, Chair of SCAD's illustration department. "He is a consummate artist, a wonderful designer, and an amazing colorist. We will certainly be seeing more of him in the future."