24 Feb Art Bemis
What do the South Boston projects, golf and the world of architecture, design and color have to do with each
other? For Art Bemis, they are all connected and shaped every aspect of his life and work. Bemis received
countless accolades throughout his career that spans decades, from design and color awards to winning more
than 70 golf tournaments, ranking as a two time State Amateur Champion, and receiving induction into the
South Boston and Rutland Hall of Fames.
Despite his accomplishments, one would be hard pressed to find evidence of these credentials hanging on the
wall or displayed in a case. What Bemis is proud of is his character. He is a man of his word who values
integrity, trust, and being loyal… attributes that enabled him to beat the odds and survive one of the roughest
neighborhoods in South Boston. It is likely no coincidence Bemis has a fond love for the only game in the world
where you call your own penalties. Success in the game of golf and life relies greatly on one’s mental strength
and focus, which are skills Bemis teaches his students and puts to work for his clients.
Growing up in the streets of “Southie” allowed Bemis to acquire skills that far surpass his long list of
educational credentials and subject matter expertise. As a young adult, Bemis was recruited from the projects
to attend architectural school, which led to his involvement in the urban renewal of Boston. At the start of his
career, Bemis worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority in support of the Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall
project. Later, he accepted a position in Vermont with a New York based architectural firm.
As his career progressed, Bemis transitioned from the architectural field and his entrepreneurial spirit led him
to open several design firms where he discovered a passion for color and its transformative abilities. Bemis
created a color design program and delivered American Institute of Architects seminars across North America
for many years. Sharing knowledge and the functional aspects of Color and Communication continues to
inspire Bemis who is regarded as a respected industry speaker and educator.
Bemis currently serves as Design Director and Owner of Bemis Resource Group, a reputable design firm known
for its ability to devise solutions to the most complex design challenges. He also owns and operates The
Mastery Institute, a learning center focused on the use of color and patterns and their design applications in
daily environments. In 1989, Bemis worked with Sports Psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella to develop a concept
referred to as “Mindset.” The revolutionary concept integrated color and design into apparel to induce optimal
performance in sports, business, and life. Additionally, in 2013, Bemis Resource Group introduced an
environmental color system for the island of Bermuda. The innovative system now serves as a learning
segment at the Mastery Institute.
During his career Bemis has served clients around the world from all industries, including many global
companies, such as OMYA, STO AG, and BASF. His work includes hundreds of notable projects and he
continues to work closely with company leaders to orchestrate global identity shifting and other strategies to
leverage competitive market placement. Bemis has earned the trust of clients in multiple countries during
engagements with several reputable companies, from The Carlstar Group, The Doblin Group, and Degussa to
many other industry leading organizations.
Bemis completed formal education with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston University, Harvard Graduate School
of Design, Boston Architectural College and many other studies, including three years as an apprentice in
typography and calligraphy with Edward Karr. Bemis studied color theory in Germany under color expert Uwe
Koos. Bemis serves as Director of American Information Center for Color and Environment (AICCE) where he
leads the San Diego based educational program and supports the legacy of AICCE founder Frank Mahnke.
Bemis is also a speaker for American Institute of Architects, International Association of Color Consultants and
Designers (IACC), and others.
Rutland, VT, United States