School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Gallery

SCPS Gallery, Pratt Manhattan Center, 2nd floor
Gallery Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday–Friday; 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday and Sunday

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Gallery serves the interests of the Pratt community and the general public by mounting fine art exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

The primary purpose of the SCPS Gallery is to showcase the technical and artistic excellence of the Institute’s faculty and students and provide opportunities for informal public conversations around subjects offered by the SCPS Program, current events, and ideas of intellectual and social interest.

For further information about the Gallery, please contact Karen D’Angelo, Director of Marketing,


July 8 – September 8, 2019
Opening reception: Tuesday, July 9, 6-8pm

Artist Statement

I work from an ever-expanding archive of family photos in order to parse a traumatic and deeply painful family history—to understand how their ordinariness can represent at once life after trauma and its ultimate impossibility. Out of a stack of photographs, a series of discrete and ephemeral images, each of which is easily overtaken by the next, I attempt to render a more immediate emotion, intervening in the image, making meaning where it apparently was not, so that I might gain a greater control over this archive. With painting I aspire to a greater immediacy, to bring out the critical qualities and feelings that risk falling away because they are real but too loosely tethered. Intervening in the image and its clarity, I can make meaning where it seemingly was not. The exposure of the truth of an image and its characters and pulling all of that stuff into our present doesn’t require very much and the urgency of its representation dictates as much to me. And while it can require a photograph, it doesn’t need the whole photograph. The work is in the reimagining, in opening myself to history and to the future as I guard those pieces that are most tender and private.


Hank Ehrenfried is a New Jersey-born artist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in painting, drawing and printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2014, and his MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in May 2019. Hank has been in recent exhibitions at Danese/Corey Gallery in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and, Welcome Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. Currently, Hank is part of the Trestle artist residency program in Brooklyn.

Work by Hank EhrenfriedWork by Hank Ehrenfried

Work by Hank Ehrenfried

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