WHO: Pratt Artists League (PAL), a student-run organization, will present Pratt M.F.A. Open Studios 2011, an exhibition of work by 126 M.F.A. degree candidates.

PAL serves as a liaison between the fine arts administration and the graduate student body and seeks to further professional relationships for students in the New York arts community through organizing and executing open studios and on and off-campus exhibitions and events.

WHAT: Pratt's Department of Fine Arts will open to the public all seven studio buildings that house its expansive graduate program. Pratt's Department of Digital Arts will open to the public studios located in Myrtle Hall. Work in every form will be presented from painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture to hybrids of the same, along with installation, video, digital arts, and performance. Maps and catalogs will be available on site with information on the 126 participating artists from Pratt's Master of Fine Arts program and Digital Arts program.

WHEN: Friday, December 9, 2011 from 5 to 9 PM

WHERE: The following M.F.A. Open Studios sites are located on Pratt's Brooklyn campus at 200 Willoughby Avenue: East Hall, ELJ, Engineering, Pratt Studios, Stabile, Steuben. Visitors should check in on the first floor of the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center. Security booths will also be equipped with maps showing the locations of this year's studios open to the public.

Myrtle Hall Studios are located at 536 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Flushing Studios are located at 248 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

Directions to and map of Pratt's Brooklyn Campus.

WHY: M.F.A. Open Studios is a biannual opportunity for the public to view the extraordinary talent of the students in Pratt's nationally recognized Graduate Fine Arts department and Digital Arts department. Alumni from Pratt's M.F.A. programs have received such prestigious awards as the Joan Mitchell Foundation M.F.A. Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects, Tides Foundation Lambent Fellowship, and Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship, among others.

Kate Unver at 551.427.9518 and kunver@pratt.edu

Kelly McCafferty at 347.383.0878