Twelve artists have been selected from an open call to participate in Pratt>Forward 2024. Launched by Pratt Fine Arts in 2021 in partnership with Mickalene Thomas, BFA Fine Arts ’00, Pratt>Forward connects creative thought leaders with emerging artists to support them in navigating the art world and building their own opportunities and communities. Now in its third edition, Pratt>Forward, through the generous support of Silver Art Projects  and Silverstein Properties, will provide participating artists with studio space in the World Trade Center in March as part of a month-long program.

Ty Allen, Ferguson Amo, Alexander Brewington, Jose Duran, Nazli Efe, Bianca Fields, Liu Kincheloe, “JP” Jermaine Powell, Jonathan Sánchez Noa, Nyugen E. Smith, Victoria Walton, and Shihori Yamamoto will all be part of the 2024 program. The selected artists include Pratt graduates as well as other emerging artists working in interdisciplinary and community-minded ways with media such as drawing, painting, performance, sculpture, video, and more. 

Pratt>Forward is co-directed by Thomas and Fine Arts Chair Jane South. 

“The need for programs like P>F is self-evident,” said South. “We had so many wonderful applicants this year that we accepted twelve rather than our usual ten artists. This artist cohort will benefit immensely from our proximity to Silver Art Projects in the World Trade Center, and we can’t wait to get started!”

“I’m excited for our P>F 24 artist cohort to create a dialogue with each other and to be inspired by our WTC location in the heart of NYC,” said Thomas. “Our proximity to SAP also allows for an expansive sense of community, and connectivity to foster new ideas.” 

Pratt>Forward is for artists at the start of their professional careers. In addition to access to the program’s World Trade Center space, each artist taking part in the month-long, fully-funded program will also receive a $2,000 stipend. Programming will include studio visits with mentors and creative professionals, as well as bi-weekly Dialogue Sessions that emphasize professional development tools and insights.

“At a time when artists are getting priced out of New York City, it’s critical for programs like Silver Art Projects and Pratt>Forward to support each other,” said Lilly Robicsek, Program Director of Silver Art Projects. “Through our collaborative efforts, together, we expand networks, creating a platform that offers inspiring views and greater opportunities for emerging artists in the heart of Lower Manhattan. We are grateful to Silverstein Properties for generously providing this space.”

Core mentors for the upcoming program include Pratt Trustee and alumnus Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96; arts organizer and Director of Company Gallery Elizabeth Lamb; art advisor and host of The Art Career Podcast Emily McElwreath; artist José Parlá; and curator, activist, and Project for Empty Space Founder Jasmine Wahi. These professionals will bring diverse perspectives and expertise in various fields to their mentorship. 

“Pratt>Forward facilitates a creative hub by providing studio space, supporting artists financially, and connecting participants with an excellent team of mentors,” said Nazlie Efe, a Pratt>Forward 2024 artist participant. “As an immigrant artist, I look forward to developing myself professionally in the USA and rejoicing in this unique opportunity.”

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