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Pratt>FORWARD 2022

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Announcing Pratt>FORWARD 2022 at Newlab!

Pratt>FORWARD, a program launched in 2021 by Pratt Fine Arts, connects emerging artists with creative thought-leaders and practitioners in the field. The goal is to help emerging artists navigate the art world and empower them to build their own opportunities and communities. Pratt>FORWARD is about forging relationships, sharing knowledge, and generating agency. In its second edition, Pratt>FORWARD is extending the opportunities offered to participants by partnering with Newlab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. All selected will receive full scholarships to attend.

The directors and core mentors of Pratt>FORWARD 2022, from L-R from top row: Mickalene Thomas, Jane South, Derrick Adams, Racquel Chevremont, Elizabeth Lamb, José Parlá, and Jasmine Wahi

The directors and core mentors of Pratt>FORWARD 2022, from L-R from top row:
Mickalene Thomas, Jane South, Derrick Adams, Racquel Chevremont, Elizabeth Lamb, José Parlá, and Jasmine Wahi

Pratt>FORWARD is co-directed by Mickalene Thomas, BFA Fine Arts ’00, and South. Its 2022 core mentors include Pratt Trustee and alumnus Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96; collector and art advisor Racquel Chevremont; arts organizer and Director of Company Gallery Elizabeth Lamb; artist José Parlá; and curator, activist, and Project for Empty Space Founder Jasmine Wahi.

Pratt>FORWARD 2022 will be an in-person program for the month of October with every artist selected to participate having access to studio space at Newlab. Participants will also be able to use Newlab’s maker facilities which include laser-cutting, 3D printing, CNC milling, wood and metal shops, and an electronics lab, as well as engage with Newlab’s entrepreneurial community. Pratt>FORWARD mentors include artists, curators, gallerists, thought leaders, and creative practitioners. Together they will support the selected participants through nurturing artistic exploration, providing insights on career development skills, and empowering them to be cultural advocates and leaders in developing artist-led models for engagement. Central to all of this is sustaining life as an impactful artist.

“My experience with Pratt>FORWARD was something I’ve been in search of for many years,” said Phylicia Ghee, a 2021 Pratt>FORWARD artist. “The fellowship offered exceedingly valuable, deeply important guidance for artists on so many topics and facets: traversing all of the layers of being an artist, navigating the art world, connecting with and building community, the marketplace, taxes, legal and copyright issues, and the overall logistics of being a creative entrepreneur. In other words, the information we really need to know and have needed to know for so long.”

A series of public dialogues at Newlab in conjunction with Pratt>FORWARD is planned for the fall with details to be announced nearer the time.

Pratt news article here

Read about the 10 artists selected for Pratt>FORWARD 2022 here

Dates: Month of October 2022. Orientation and facilities training at Newlab will take place over several days in early September. Exact dates TBD.

Location: New Lab, Building 128, Brooklyn Navy, Yard, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Eligibility: Emerging artists with US Citizen/Permanent Resident status or valid visa (must be valid through October 2022)

10 applicants will be selected and all will receive full scholarships
5 of 10 places will be awarded to Pratt Fine Arts alumni
BFA/MFA students from any college may apply but must have graduated by June 1st, 2022

Regrettably, Pratt>FORWARD is unable to provide travel/accommodation

You are invited to the Pratt>FORWARD  Launch Event  at Newlab in the Navy Yard!

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 5-7pm
REGISTER here

Pratt>FORWARD 2022 artists Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, Taisha Carrington, Jennifer Chia-Ling Ho, Mario Joyce, Kirsten Leach, Kristyn McKinney, Sajjad Musa, Mieyoshi Ragernoir, Vessna Scheff and Yamico will each introduce their work at this launch event for P>F22 at Newlab!

Pratt>FORWARD, co-founded by Pratt BFA’00 Mickalene Thomas and Fine Arts Chair, Jane South, was launched in 2021 by Pratt Fine Arts.

Pratt>FORWARD connects emerging artists with creative thought-leaders and practitioners in the field. The goal is to help emerging artists navigate the art world and empower them to build their own opportunities and communities.

Pratt>FORWARD 22 is a partnership with Newlab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition to offering mentorship sessions with creative professionals, the partnership with Newlab provides artists with access to 21st-century making facilities and the potential for collaboration with Newlab’s community of over 900 entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, and researchers.

All Pratt>FORWARD artist participants receive full scholarships to attend.

Pratt>FORWARD 2022 core mentors include Pratt Trustee and alumnus Derrick Adams, collector and art advisor Racquel Chevremont; arts organizer and Director of Company Gallery Elizabeth Lamb; artist José Parlá; and curator, activist, and Project for Empty Space Founder Jasmine Wahi.

Pratt>FORWARD 2022 visiting guests include Analia Segal, Anna Stothart, Ché Morales, Elizabeth Lamb, Emily McElwreath, Everette Taylor, Gabriela Collins Fernandez, Hrag Vartanian, Ivy Jones, Jasmine Wahi, Jennifer Mazza, Keely Orgeman, Kelly Driscoll, Kendal Henry, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Laurel Sparks, Niama Safia Sandy, Nicole Crawford, Pareesa Pourian, Phillip Collins, Sameer Aurora, Sarah Workneh, Shaun Leonardo and Tamsin Dillon.

We are grateful to all these amazing people for being a part of P>F 2022!