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Pratt Celebrates Class of 2024 at Radio City Music Hall

This year’s Commencement honored the achievements of graduating students and bestowed honorary degrees on Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.
Urban Placemaking students on community engagement outings for their “Placemaking Lab: Analysis of Public Space” studio (photos by SP24 UPM Lab cohort)

Open Streets and Open Dialogues

Urban Placemaking students developed a proposal for improving the safety, programming, design, and management of three public spaces in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods.
Tommesha Holt and Lauren Walker

Pratt Photography and Communications Design Alumnae Awarded Fulbright Grants

Tommesha Holt, MFA Photography ’23, and Lauren Walker, BFA Communications Design ’21, have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2024–2025 academic year from…
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Snapshot 2024: Before They Graduate

Seven soon-to-be Pratt alumni share photos, experiences, and insights from their time at Pratt.
From L-R, top to bottom: Graduate students from the School of Information in Rome (photo by Francesca Strathern, MSLIS '24); Urban Placemaking and Urban and Community Planning students in Havana (photo by David Burney); Sustainable Environmental Systems students in Paris (photo by Elliott Maltby); Historic Preservation students at the Roberto Burle Marx Estate, a world heritage site near Rio de Janeiro

Scenes from Trips Abroad

Pratt students and faculty have been traveling for research projects, community engagement, and cultural appreciation.
The North Star team: Oğuz Bayar, Raghavendra Chate, Mrityunjay Misra, Kaixin Wang, and advisor Denise Tahara

Getting Ready for the Rising Tide

The Rockaways, a coastal community in Queens, New York City, stands on the front lines of climate change. As tides rise, underserved and geographically vulnerable…

Investigating a New Approach to Teaching and Learning

Pratt faculty research transdisciplinary approaches to STEM teaching and learning through a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

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The Daily Hub

A roundup of ideas and projects from around the Institute

  • Maria Gaspar, BFA ’02, presented Unblinking Eyes, Awaiting (2024), at Frieze New York 2024 as part of Frieze Reframe. The work consists of “multiple panels of high-resolution photographs of the north-end wall of the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, the largest single-site jail in the US and a dominating fixture of the artist’s childhood neighborhood.”

  • Pratt MFA in Photography Thesis Exhibition: Erin O’Flynn, Ethan Li, Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore, was reviewed in Hyperallergic. “With this show, Pratt’s MFA photographers reveal the fingerprints on the landscape to coax out questions of race, power, sexuality, and sustainability.”


  • Associate Professor of Photography Stephen Hilger wrote an essay for Full Bleed on various books about Los Angeles histories that have influenced his work. “My photographs reflect the ways in which Los Angeles absorbs me. I rely on looking and recording to make both personal histories and larger histories visible,” he writes. “My approach is also inspired by shelves of books authored by photographers, artists, and writers who explore LA’s pasts.”

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Enterprise Leadership Innocent Ekejiuba (MPS Arts and Cultural Management ’23) presented at the dmi Diversity in Design Conference in DC/Baltimore. In his presentation, Ekejiuba explored the question: “How do we create cultures of inclusion that leverage the power of community to lead as if life matters and address the crises we are facing?” 


  • Joan Semmel, BFA Art Teacher Education ’63; MFA ’72, was featured in AnOther Magazine, Wallpaper, and Ocula on the occasion of her latest exhibition in Brussels. The 91-year-old figurative painter is lauded for “sex-positive paintings,” which “celebrat[e] natural urges which to this day are laden with shame and stigma,” writes Emily Steer in AnOther.



Spring 2024

The Connections That Shape Us

Pratt alumni on mentors and mentoring, and the advice that’s helped them through.