Pratt to Honor David Easton, Pete Hamill, Margaret Russell, and James Turrell at Legends 2013
On November 11, Pratt Institute will present Legends 2013, an annual scholarship benefit honoring icons of art and design whose works have helped shape our cultural landscape. The event raises vital funds for merit and need-based scholarships, as 80 percent of Pratt students receive financial aid to pursue their education. Renowned interior designer David Easton; journalist and New York Times best-selling author Pete Hamill; Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell; and groundbreaking contemporary artist James Turrell will be honored on Monday, November 11, against a sweeping backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline at the Mandarin Oriental. The glamorous gala begins at 6 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by a 7 PM dinner and awards ceremony. Ted Allen, the host of the primetime Food Network series Chopped, will emcee.
David Easton (B.F.A. Interior Design ’63), Principal, David Easton Inc., is being recognized for creating inspired environments that reflect the mastery of his craft and set standards for excellence in design. He has been named to Architectural Digest’s list of the “Top 100 Designers in the World” a record 10 times.
Pete Hamill, who studied illustration and communications design at Pratt in the 1950s, is being recognized as an award-winning American literary icon whose work captures the stories that shape the human experience. A prolific author of numerous articles, essays, short stories, and eleven novels, Hamill’s work often features his New York City hometown.
Margaret Russell is being recognized as one of the world’s leading design authorities and media innovators. Prior to joining Architectural Digest, Russell served as vice president and editor-in-chief of Elle Decor, a publication that she helped launch in 1989.
James Turrell, whose innovative explorations with light and space were featured in three blockbuster exhibitions across the United States in 2013, is being recognized as a role model for visionaries in all fields. His works have engaged viewers with the limits of wonder and human perception for more than half a century.
The Legends Awards were conceived in 1999 by the Board of Trustees to celebrate distinguished individuals and companies in the world of art and design, whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt Institute. Past Legends Awards recipients include Laurie Anderson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Marc Jacobs, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Meier, Beverly Pepper, David Rockwell, Patti Smith, Julie Taymor, Bruce Weber, William Wegman, Robert Wilson, and Eva Zeisel.
For tickets, please contact Pratt Director of Special Events Katie Hush at 718.399.4486 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.