Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011

Annual Pratt Show Featuring the Best New Design Work of Graduating Students to Open May 10

Pratt Institute will present Pratt Show 2011, an annual juried exhibition of exceptional design work by over 300 of Pratt's graduating students from May 10-13 at The Manhattan Center located at 311 West 34th Street. The show will be open on Tuesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pratt Show 2011 is free and open to the public.

There will be a private special champagne reception for design industry professionals from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. Tickets and business credentials are required for entry. In 2010, more than 1,000 design professionals attended the exclusive Pratt Show reception due to its reputation for displaying the latest talent in art and design in New York City. To secure tickets, please visit www.pratt.edu/show.

Juried by Pratt faculty, Pratt Show 2011 at The Manhattan Center will feature the best work by students in various programs at Pratt including advertising, communications design, digital arts, fashion, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry design, and package design. Pratt Show 2011 is designed to give industry professionals and the public a chance to see the best work of students in Pratt's design programs, many of whom will go on to become masters in these industries. Pratt Show 2011 will also feature for the first time products designed in collaboration with corporate sponsored studios and iconic corporations such as Barnes & Noble, Cabot Wrenn, Cotton Incorporated, Nachtmann, Umbra, and West Elm.

Pratt Institute's design programs are ranked among the best in the country according to U.S. News and World Report's 2009 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools and DesignIntelligence's 2011 publication "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools." For more information on Pratt Institute's current rankings, please visit www.pratt.edu/facts.

The Manhattan Center is convenient to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden and is easily accessible by subway and car. Closest subways are the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 at 34th Street stations. There are parking lots on 33th and 34th streets near Eighth and Ninth avenues.

For those who cannot attend the Pratt Show and want to see the outstanding work of graduating students and alumni, Pratt has set up a link to PrattTalent, www.pratt-talent.com, a searchable database of some of the best portfolios in the world. For more information on Pratt Show, call 718-636-3506 and press 2 for reception.

From left to right: The Pratt Institute Chair by Cabot Wrenn, winner of Interior Design magazine's 2010 "Best of Year Award"; Barnes & Noble's 2010 "Back to Campus" collection; Umbra "Conceal" bookshelf.