Posted Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Pratt Daily Hub: A Roundup of Ideas & Projects from around the Institute

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Week of September 21:

  • Rhonda Schaller—visiting associate professor, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, and founder of the Meditation Incubator project at Pratt—and Mindfulness in Student Affairs Chair Sam Harvey are speaking at the Artists Thrive virtual summit for artists, arts leaders, educators, and funders from across the country. On September 29, as part of the three-day event, Schaller and Harvey are presenting a keynote on “Post-Traumatic Growth Mindset,” exploring mindfulness and growth, particularly in the upheaval of COVID-19. (09/22)

  • Today at 7 PM EST as part of the College Night programming from the Poster House, Stephanie Powell, adjunct associate professor of photography, joins a “Behind the Job” conversation on exhibition design. Powell will discuss her documentation of exhibitions and how her images can be used in museum-related initiatives. (09/22)

  • Pratt Libraries is creating video walk-throughs of some of their most popular artists’ books to support remote learning. Access to these videos is available through the “Artists’ Books Collection” on the Pratt Libraries site, including Then What?: Photographs and Folklore by Carrie Mae Weems with inserts of her portraits and still lifes, and the pop-up cowboys, horses, and bucking broncos of Red Grooms’s Ruckus Rodeo. A video of Conrad Gleber’s 1976 “Raising a Family” flipbook is also on the @PrattLibraries Instagram (09/22):

  • Today, Pratt Earth Action Week kicks off with daily events focused on the ongoing and intersecting crises of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and systemic racial and social inequality. Find a full list of events with RSVP details here, including today’s 3 PM EST panel on the history of student struggles for racial justice on campus, featuring firsthand accounts and archival research. (09/21)

  • This Tuesday, September 22, at 12 PM EST, the Center for Equity and Inclusion is presenting a community dialogue in observance of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. The discussion will center on dissecting the term “Latinidad” and the complexity of identity and colonialism. RSVP here for the Google Meet information. (09/21)

  • Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle is on view through November 1 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, reuniting the artist’s multi-paneled “Struggle: From the History of the American People” (1954–56) for the first time in over half a century. Jacob Lawrence was a Pratt faculty member from the mid-1950s to 1970 and the catalogue for the exhibition includes an essay by Steve Locke, professor of fine arts, on how the late artist broke down barriers in the art world. The exhibition is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where it included an installation by Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96, juxtaposing archival images and objects with Adams’s portrait of Lawrence (09/21): 

Week of September 14:

  • Ten recent Pratt graduates were shortlisted for the Global Design Graduate Show 2020, organized by ARTSTHREAD and i-D in collaboration with Gucci. They include Kai Wen Chuang, BID ’20, Julia Feingold, BFA Communications Design ’20, Emily Guerra, BID ’20, Xiaowei Hua, BFA Jewelry ’20, Hansol Jung, BID ’20, Xiaowen Kang, MFA Interior Design ’20, Julia Liverton, BID ’20, Qianwen Lu, BFA Jewelry ’20, Stefan Maier, BFA Fashion ’20, Griffin Reynolds, BFA Communications Design ’20, Weijie Wang, MFA Interior Design ’20, and Manlin Zhang, MFA Interior Design ’20. The international showcase was launched in response to the many cancelations of end-of-year shows for 2020 graduates. Over 4,400 students shared their projects and 600 were shortlisted with the winners now being selected through a public vote. (09/18)

  • School of Architecture faculty members John Shapiro, Jason Vigneri-Beane, and Marcel Negret received an honorable mention in the San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge. The international initiative is part of the Bee Breeders Affordable Housing competition series and the submission by the Pratt faculty members proposed a mobile and flexible design that could be wheeled into unused garages. (09/18)

  • In celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, @PrattInstitute, @PrattCEI, @PrattAlumni, @PrattBAP, and @PrattInstituteArchives are sharing features on alumni, campus events, and Pratt history. To kick off the series, @PrattInstitute highlighted archival material on Cuban immigrant Isabelle Suárez who graduated from the Pratt Institute School of Science and Technology with a certificate in engineering in 1941. She was the first woman to graduate from the program since 1898 (09/18)

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  • Joseph Leaming, BArch ’20, was named the first place winner in the HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century: 2020 Student Design Competition. Led by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in collaboration with Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN), the competition had around 300 submissions from over 800 participants responding to new “ideas of domesticity” for the 21st century. Leaming's project—“Lubec Narrows”—involves a home situated on the water’s edge of the easternmost community in the United States with references to the traditional pier structures in the area. (09/17)

  • DesignTV by Sandow premiered a new documentary from Imagine a Place presented by OFS featuring the Pratt Creative Xchange. The documentary showcases Pratt’s interdisciplinary research incubator group led by School of Design faculty and students exploring the impact of art and design on young people. The project is a collaboration between Pratt students and the local community of Kingston, New York. (09/17)

  • The Pratt cats are happy to welcome their campus friends back for the fall semester (09/17):

  • This Thursday, September 17, at 12:30 PM EST, staff from Pratt Health Services, the Counseling Center, and Health Promotion are discussing the importance of sleep and offering tips for better rest. (09/16)​

  • As part of the upcoming Earth Action Week organized by the Pratt Sustainability Center, LEAP Pratt Institute is presenting a student design competition. Themed to “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle,” students are invited to propose alternate ways to upcycle packaging material in the context of the pandemic. Submissions are open through September 25. (09/16)

  • Alumna Rose Wong painted an outdoor dining barricade for Lanzhou Ramen in Chinatown as part of the Assembly for Chinatown project organized by Think!Chinatown and A+A+A Studio. The initiative is supporting restaurants in New York’s Chinatown as they tackle the challenges of outdoor dining during COVID-19 (09/16): 

  • Jennifer Minniti, Chair of the Fashion Department, was interviewed for Refinery29’s story “For Fashion To Be Truly Inclusive, There Needs To Be Plus-Size Education.” Minniti discussed how Pratt is rethinking its curriculum around size inclusivity, sustainability, and gender identity so “our students can become agents of change and make serious change in the industry.” (09/15)​

  • Tracey Woods, MFA Photography ’91, was interviewed by the Luupe about her career as a photo director, the impact of quarantine on her work, and her recent installation in the windows of Macy’s in Herald Square that offered a message of love and togetherness for New York. (09/15)

  • Foundation students in Adjunct Associate Professor Deborah Johnson’s Time and Movement class created animations of rising and falling shapes timed to the rhythm of their breathing. The meditative works allow the students to breathe together even as they study apart. Watch one of the “Breath In/Out Animations” on @PrattInstitute and more on Milanote (09/15): 

  • Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) teamed up with North Brooklyn Neighbors to create a North Brooklyn Toxicity Map that visualizes the industrial history of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Read more about this tool of environmental advocacy on the Pratt.edu news page. (09/14)

  • Virtually meet the Pratt librarians on the Pratt Libraries site: each staff member has contributed a short video greeting for the fall semester to share what they do both on-campus and online, as well as reveal some hidden talents like E-Resources Librarian Matthew Garklavs skateboarding over a stack of Russian literature. (09/14)

  • Through September 20, work by 50 emerging New York-based artists is on view on 500 bus shelters and 1,700 wifi kiosks across the five boroughs. Art on the Grid, organized by the Public Art Fund, features art responding to the current moment and includes three Pratt alumni: Anna Park who studied Illustration and Fine Arts, Jamaal Peterman, MFA Fine Arts ‘19, and Salman Toor, MFA Fine Arts ‘09. Peterman was also interviewed for a recent Public Art Fund video on the project (09/14): 

Week of September 7:

  • The Pratt Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 YouTube channel has a full series of Let’s Keep Learning instructional videos on activities for staying creative at home, including making biodegradable plastic bags with Saturday Art School Student Teacher Mary Lempres and exploring ergonomic design with Industrial Designer and Center K-12 Instructor Shannon O’Brien. (09/11)

  • An Artist a Day—an online show organized by Chris Lee, MFA Fine Art ’01—features artists from around the world in 15-minute live conversations on Zoom. This Saturday, September 12, the program invites guests Cyrilla Mozenter, BFA Art Education ‘70; MFA ‘72, and Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts Philip Perkis. All of the conversations are archived in a curated selection of Artist Days on YouTube. (09/11)

  • Students and faculty are adapting to the new distancing measures on campus, including taking classes outside. Here is Associate Professor of Photography John Lehr’s Large Format Photography class gathering in the amphitheater outside the ARC (09/11):

     

  • As COVID-19 has challenged small businesses in New York City, Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, has rapidly responded to support them by creating resources, advocating for local manufacturing, and coordinating donations of PPE. Read more about their efforts over the past few months on the Pratt.edu news page. (09/10)

  • Joseph Michael Lopez, lecturer in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, contributed photographs to the New Yorker’sApril 15, 2020: A Coronavirus Chronicle” article following 24 hours in the pandemic’s epicenter. (09/10)

  • The Pratt Institute Archives staff is back on-site and answering reference requests, expanding the digital collections, and conducting virtual tours. @PrattInstituteArchives shared some of their recent work preparing DRUMS—a 1970s publication from the Black Student Union—for preservation (09/10):

  • Pratt President Frances Bronet connects with the new Student Government Association President Danni Qu for a short, lively video discussion on challenges and opportunity at this moment of disruption all around us. The video is the first in a new series, Connecting with..., featuring dynamic online conversations between Pratt’s president and members of our community. Connecting with… is produced by the Pratt Communications and Marketing division, with assistance from colleagues in the President’s office and the Creative Media staff (09/09):

  • Live Science featured Pratt Institute’s Industrial Camouflage Program in a story about the World War II Ghost Army and how artists and designers created tools of deception to help win the war. (09/09)

  • Tamara Santibañez, BFA Printmaking ’10, was commissioned to create a flag for Flags of Resilience, an artist-run project organized by Form & Concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. The Talavera-style flag offers hope in a time of uncertainty, with all proceeds going to the F2L: Relief Fund. (09/09)

  • This week the Farm to Campus pilot is launching. All Pratt students, faculty, and staff with campus access are invited to join in the collective ordering of seasonal and local fruits and vegetables at subsidized prices. Updates will be shared at @PrattFarmtoCampus on Instagram. (09/08)

  • Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, MFA Communications Design ’15, was selected for a yearlong residency with the NYC Commission on Human Rights as part of the New York City Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) program. As the Observer reported, Phingbodhipakkiya will be working on augmented reality mobile apps that will visualize community-focused artwork to confront anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. (09/08)

  • @PrattIndustrial shared work by 2020 BID graduates in the capstone class “Design for Protest” led by AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow Swati Piparsania. The student projects use design to provoke critical thinking and conversation, such as Angus Fake and GiGi Nieson’s “Waterline Cart” that could be wheeled around Brooklyn to encourage discussion about rising sea levels and climate change (09/08):

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Week of August 31:

  • The Photography Gallery in the ARC Building is kicking off its fall season, beginning with In and Around Fort Lee, New Jersey featuring work by Claus Dicovskiy, BFA Photography ’23. (09/04)

  • Pascale Sablan, BArch ’06, was included in Cultured Magazine’s “15 Architects on Being Black in Architecture”: “Advocacy work can and should start on your block, in your neighborhood, in your community. See what injustices are impacting your town and take that as a beginning standpoint.” (09/04)

  • Students in the summer Information Visualization course led by Chris Sula, associate professor in the School of Information, used data and visualization techniques to promote understanding around the pandemic. Their projects include visualizations on how lockdowns and reopenings impacted cases, how 311 complaints were affected by COVID-19, and how the virus spread more rapidly through vulnerable communities in New York City (09/04)

  • The ARC is now operating an Outdoor Fitness Area for all students returning to campus this fall. The open-air facilities include cardio equipment, free weights, kettlebells, and other equipment by request. Group fitness, virtual fitness, and personal training options are also available. Advance reservations can be made online. (09/03)

  • Today at 6:30 PM EST, Steve Locke, professor of fine arts, is joining the Stonewall National Museum & Archives for a conversation on Zoom about public monuments and sculpture, who gets to decide what they honor, and how they impact future current and generations. (09/03)

  • As Foundation welcomes its incoming art and design students for the first weeks of classes, works by first-year students are being shared on the @PrattFoundation Instagram (09/03): 

  • Today at 7 PM EST, the Fall 2020 Photography Talk Series kicks off with photographer Ming Smith, recognized for her portraits of Black cultural figures including Alvin Ailey and Nina Simone. The talk will be held virtually on Zoom. (09/02)

  • Maddy Newquist, Library and Information Science ‘20 and graduate assistant for E-Resources Management and Public Services at Pratt Libraries, contributed an FAQ to the Iron & Glass blog on accessing electronic material this fall semester, including exploring special collections online and using digital resources like streaming services and graphic novel ebooks. (09/02)

  • The School of Architecture is revisiting work from 2020 graduates on the @PrattSOA Instagram, such as Yvonne Zhang and Peter Peng’s “Cultivating Infrastructure” on exploring traditional farming methods within new industrial development (09/02): 

  • Students can join the Virtual Involvement Fair from 8 PM to 10 PM EST today to meet the leaders of Pratt’s clubs and organizations and learn how to get involved. Can’t attend? Find a list of clubs and organizations to connect with on Engage. (09/01)

  • The ten-week Meditation Incubator Program from Mindful Pratt begins this Wednesday, September 2. Offering both live virtual courses and self-paced online classes, the program helps participants shape their personal contemplative practices. Registration is free for all members of the Pratt community. (09/01)

  • InStyle magazine recreated Ormond Gigli’s 1960 photograph “Girls in the Windows” to reflect on New York City in quarantine with a building of art studios in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Included in the 24 featured creatives are Chrissy Angliker, BID ’06, Eileen Murphy, MFA Fine Arts ’06, and Kathy Stecko, School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty (09/01):

  • Amelia Marzec, visiting instructor of digital arts, has a residency through the end of October in the Swale house on Governors Island. Founded by Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Mary Mattingly, Swale began as a floating food forest and on Governors Island is offering environmental arts programming centered on the intersections of soil, water, and food. (08/31)

  • Today at 8 PM EST, the Pratt Sustainable Fashion Club is hosting a Zoom information session on what they have planned for the semester. (08/31)

  • JungKi Min, BFA Jewelry ’19, created the tiny silver soap holder “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands.” The wearable piece is in the Academics in Pandemic online exhibition from Ethical Metalsmiths showcasing work by jewelry faculty and students from over 70 educational institutions (08/31):  

Week of August 24:

  • Suffragist Leonora O’Reilly was remembered in the Overlooked No More obituary series in the New York Times. The Pratt alumna who graduated in 1900 advocated for better conditions for working women as a public speaker and labor organizer, including after the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire when she argued for improved safety regulations in factories. (08/28)  

  • Interior Design magazine and Archinect showcased the winners of the inaugural Material Lab Prize presented by Pratt’s School of Design in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies and Pratt’s Givetake recycling initiative. The awards recognize students who have used reclaimed waste in their designs, with Sophia Yimeng Sun, MID ’21, honored with the grand prize for “Cocoon” which repurposes grocery bags for lighting. See more of the awardees on the @PrattInstitute Instagram (08/28):

  • Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, has launched the new Made in NYC PPE Marketplace. The platform promotes local businesses that are making facemasks, face shields, hand sanitizer, social distancing signage, and more. (08/27)

  • Pratt Libraries is offering a new service this semester to facilitate virtual learning and research. Click the “Request a Scan (PDF)” button on the Pratt Libraries catalog to request a scan of a book chapter or print article. It will be emailed within three business days. (08/27)

  • "Here at the start of a new academic year like no other we have experienced, I am excited to welcome you back to Pratt, in the many ways we will return to the Institute this semester. Our Pratt community was made for this extraordinary moment, a time of transformation that calls upon the innovators, rigorous thinkers, and creators among us to keep momentum, imagine, retool, and rebuild.” Read the full message from President Bronet welcoming the Pratt community for the fall 2020 semester. (08/26)

  • Students in the spring 2020 Advertising Design I and II led by Visiting Instructor Einat Lahat-Blum worked on the exhibition and advertising design for Living Lights which recently opened at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut. The temporary exhibition, on view through November, introduces visitors to creatures in the sea that can give off light through fluorescence or bioluminescence, from crystal jellyfish to flashlight fish. The student team includes Jamie Edwards, Reina A. Faust, Mofana L. Morojele, Kimberley T. Sampson, Scott J. Stegman II, and Phillip M. Yeldell (08/26):

    The Living Lights exhibition designed by Pratt students at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut

  • Chair of Fine Arts Jane South was interviewed for the Art Newspaper’s story on US art schools preparing for the fall semester. She discussed how curriculum and critiques are being adapted to remote learning, with student work presented in advance so it can be visited in a distanced way before online conversation: “It’s possible that, when the actual conversation happens, it will be much more meaningful and nuanced.” (08/25)

  • Poems by Alisha Mascarenhas, MFA Writing alumna, are on view in the ECHO EXHIBIT in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport. Installed on doorways and storefronts, the exhibition by author Asiya Wadud with designs by artist Shannon Finnegan features poetry based on telephone conversations between two strangers in quarantine (08/25):

    Poem by Alisha Mascarenhas with Chloë Bass in ECHO EXHIBIT, co-presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Seaport District, & the Howard Hughes Corporation as part of River To River 2020: Four Voices (photo by Ian Douglas)

  • Today is the first day of fall classes! The Pratt Safe app is essential for anyone coming on campus this fall. Download the app for the daily health screening questionnaire, a campus access checklist, and a Pratt Digital ID that allows campus access and services through a digital version of your official Pratt ID card. (08/24)

  • The Pratt librarians and library staff shared a welcome back message to the Pratt community: They are here to help with all your research questions. Just join the “Ask a Librarian” chat on the Pratt Libraries site to start a discussion about your inquiries and interests (08/24)

Week of August 17:

  • This fall, Pratt will be building community and engagement remotely. Visit the Back to Pratt microsite for more information on campus life, such as getting involved with student clubs and organizations as well as the outdoor spaces being added to the Brooklyn campus for classes and student activities. (08/21)

  • Jessica Stoller, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, was interviewed by Cultured Magazine on her hand-built porcelain sculptures that examine the grotesque and expectations for the female body. She also discussed the impact of COVID-19 on her work: “When exploring these ideas, clay seems the ideal material as it is so entwined with time and movement, so responsive to touch, and so full of contradictions. It’s a perfect metaphor for the fragility, beauty and strangeness of our fleshy temporal state, at a time when contact and touch are forbidden.” (08/21)

  • Classes start next Monday! If you are coming on the Brooklyn or Manhattan campuses, review the campus access checklist ahead of time to be prepared for the new health and safety measures. (08/20)

  • BID student Thomas (Haoyang) Chen’s Auto-deployable Fire Response Drone was named a Top Design Winner in the student Industrial and Life Science Design/Safety Designs category of the European Product Design Awards (08/20)

     

  • When Pratt Institute welcomes students, faculty, and staff who are returning to campus this fall, it will be a different experience than it was in the spring, with access beginning with a temperature check and the navigation of campus guided by strict physical distancing measures. Read more about the reopening plans on the Pratt.edu news page. (08/19) 

  • The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) FFGS20 Digital Showcase is celebrating the creativity of the class of 2020 as they tackle the challenges of graduating into an uncertain world. The featured graduates include Ry Arne, BFA Fashion Design ’20, Georgia Baltay, BFA Fashion Design ’20,  Xiaowei Hua, BFA Jewelry ’20, Stefan Maier, BFA Fashion Design ’20,  Qian (Hyly) Wang, BFA Jewelry ’20, and Shelly Xu, BFA Jewelry ’20. Each was selected based on the strength of their portfolios and their engagement with climate action, social justice, diversity, or equitable fashion systems. (08/19)

  • Today is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the constitutional right to vote. On the Pratt.edu news page, read about two sisters-in-law in the Pratt family—Helen Deming Sherman Pratt and Florence Gibb Pratt—who were pivotal members of the New York movement, hosting meetings in their homes, providing financial support to events, and taking leadership roles in organizations that rallied for change. (08/18)

  • Alumna Rose Wong illustrated a timeline for Teen Vogue of women’s voting rights in the United States. It shows how it took decades for all women to get that right even after the 19th Amendment, including the 1943 Magnuson Act for Chinese immigrants and the 1965 Voting Rights Act that prohibited racial discrimination for Black and Latinx women (08/18):

  • Core77 featured the flash flood flotation device created by Yaokun Wu, BID ’21. Yu’s Flash Pak, designed to protect students in parts of the world that experience flash floods, was recently selected as one of the six finalists for the 2020 Lexus Design Award. (08/17)

  • Ashika Amarnath, MFA Interior Design ’20, created a “New York City Alphabet” with illustrations of 26 locations across the city, including Pratt Institute for the “P.” The project was recently featured on Untapped New York (08/17):

Week of August 10:

  • This fall semester, Pratt Institute Libraries will have no-contact pickup of books and equipment alongside limited scheduled research appointments. Read more about their on-campus services and extensive virtual resources. (08/14) 

  • Michael Caton, visiting assistant professor of undergraduate architecture and BArch ’08, contributed a column to the August issue of Architect magazine on the cultural shift needed to address racial inequity in architecture. (08/14)

  • Today at 7 PM, industrial design alumni Everardo Jefferson, BID ’68, and William Cotton, BID ’07, will be honored at the 2020 Rowena Reed Kostellow Awards. The virtual edition of the annual event recognizes Pratt Institute alumni whose work advances the principles of design developed by industrial designer and educator Rowena Reed Kostellow. (08/13).

  • Class of 1987 alumnus Antonio Reonegro donated a painting to Massachusetts General Hospital celebrating its medical workers. The project, inspired by the staff’s efforts during COVID-19, was featured in the Boston Globe (08/13):

  • Senior Planner Tara Duvivier and Director Adam Friedman of the Pratt Center for Community Development contributed an op-ed to the Gotham Gazette on the announcement that New York City is resuming its rezoning process after a suspension during COVID-19. They noted the need for the Department of City Planning (DCP) to address underlying structural racism in land use decision-making as well as the pandemic-created obstacles to outreach, education, community organizing, and public participation. (08/12) 

  • The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University asked the Victory Garden artist collective, whose members include Louise Eastman, MFA Painting/Drawing ’14, for their reflections on creativity in 2020. (08/12)

  • The Boston Globe featured Fine Arts Professor Steve Locke’s exhibition on view through August 14 at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston. His latest painting series challenges the history of modernism in art through the shape of the slavery auction block. (08/11)

  • Raúl Olmo, BFA Communications Design ’92, shared some vintage Pratt pins with @PrattAlumni. Have your own swag? Show it off with the tag #PrattAlumni (08/11):

  • Today at 7 PM EST, architect Pascale Sablan, BArch ’06, joins Associate Chair of Undergraduate Architecture Jason Lee for a conversation about her work and the impact she would like to have on others and see in society through architecture and design. The virtual event is part of the As Told series organized by the Office of Alumni Engagement. (08/10)

  • Professor of Undergraduate Architecture Dagmar Richter is part of a discussion today at 2 PM EST on cooperative housing, organized by AIANY as part of the Center for Architecture Presidential Lecture Series. (08/10)

Week of August 3: 

  • Spring 2020 projects from School of Information students in Programming for Cultural Heritage are available to explore online, including a Brooklyn Museum cross stitch bot, analysis of 21st-century museum collecting trends, an exploration of the parentage of Greek gods, and an examination of NYC street trees. (08/07)  

  • Flags designed by alumni including longtime Pratt professor Tony Di Spigna, Dasol Hong, Jacqueline Johnsson, and Rayneese Primrose are now flying over the Rink at Rockefeller Center through August 16. The Rockefeller Center Flag Project celebrates the vibrancy, diversity, and resilience of New York with 193 designs submitted by artists, designers, and other creatives (08/07):

  • A print celebrating frontline workers by illustration alumna James Cox raised over $20,000 to purchase PPE for responders to COVID-19 on Staten Island. The fundraising initiative was featured on SILive.com. (08/06) 

  • Laurel DeWitt, BFA Fashion Design ’05, contributed headpieces and accessories to seven of the looks in Beyoncé’s recently released visual album Black Is King (08/06):

  • In the spring/summer 2020 issue of Prattfolio, Holly Adams, BFA Digital Arts ’20, and Assistant Chair of Digital Arts Linda Lauro-Lazin discussed Adams’s recent work examining closeness across physical distance through a performance in which two people part at night and document their separate-but-synchronized movements. Read their discussion on the Pratt.edu news page. (08/05) 

  • NYU News featured an interview with Deborah Willis, MFA ’80, on how photographs shape protest and public perception, both historically and in the current moment: “Photography is the ideal medium for advocacy—activists, artists, and community members are doing critical work exposing injustices using the visual voice. The camera means we are able to see history repeating itself.” (08/05)

  • Vanessa Braxton, BS Construction Management/Engineering ’92, was featured on the BET digital series Glam Gap that spotlights Black entrepreneurs and influencers. Braxton discussed how she shifted from being a civil engineer to a spirits distiller and pivoted her business during the pandemic to support the production of PPE. (08/04)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Mary Mattingly’s wearable sculptures from 2008-01 respond to concerns about access to clean water in a future of sea-level rise and ecological instability. The Earth Issue 004: A Dream Of Tomorrow features this work and @soapratt shared that during COVID-19, Mattingly has been making and wearing the homes again (08/04):

    A screengrab of an Instagram post by @soartpratt celebrating the work of Mary Mattingly.

  • Pamela Pavliscak, visiting assistant professor in the School of Information, was interviewed by Grit Daily about her work in emotionally intelligent design, something she explored with her spring 2020 Emotional Design students. The interview includes discussion of her teaching at Pratt, how COVID-19 may affect design, and how emotions are too often overlooked in tech. (08/03)

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, was interviewed for Architectural Digest’s story on “5 Ways the Workplace Must Adapt to the Coronavirus Era.(08/03)

Week of July 27:

  • In-person reviews and critiques are central to many courses at Pratt and the shift to remote learning this spring required a rethinking of how to bring those discussions into a virtual space. In a story on the Pratt.edu news page, faculty members shared how they adapted to these challenges and found some advantages to the digital format such as bringing in reviewers who might not have been able to attend an on-campus critique. (07/27)

  • Today at 2 PM EST, Ron Shiffman, professor emeritus in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, is joining an AIANY Presidential Lecture with social psychiatrist Mindy Fullilove on the role that main streets play in the vibrancy of cities. (07/27)

  • Today at 6 PM EST, Anita Cooney, dean of the School of Design, is moderating an AIANY webinar commemorating the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The panel discussion will explore the future of accessible design. (07/27)

Week of July 20:

  • The Back to Pratt microsite continues to be updated with information on the fall 2020 semester, including an FAQ that answers some of the most common questions about healthy, safety, campus life, teaching, learning, and other topics. (07/24)

  • As part of its series on MFA student work, Hyperallergic featured the online portfolios of several Pratt students, including Rodrigo Jimenez-Ortega, MFA Fine Arts Painting/Drawing ’20, Henrike Lendowski, MFA Digital Arts ’20, and Na’ye Pere, MFA Fine Arts Painting/Drawing ’20. The students discussed their practices with the publication as well as the challenges and rewards of showing their work on a virtual platform. (07/24)

  • The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) 2020 PreCollege Scholars have started their four weeks of learning with high school students from around the world. As the annual summer program has gone virtual, the students are building their art and design skills in an online space. The @PrattBAP Instagram is now sharing the experiences of the 2020 BAP Scholars: Carissa Blackwell and Danna Garcia Moreno who are exploring painting and drawing, and Jordan Anderson who is exploring fashion design (07/23):


    The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) 2020 PreCollege Scholars: Carissa Blackwell, Jordan Anderson, and Danna Garcia Moreno

  • Today at 7 PM EST, the Office of Alumni Engagement is hosting a conversation between Edel Rodriguez, BFA Painting ’94, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Niama Safia Sandy as part of the As Told series. The discussion will explore how Rodriguez uses his bold, figurative works to examine identity, mortality, and cultural displacement. Register here for the Zoom event. (07/23)

  • This Thursday, July 23 at the 2020 Virtual Digital New York event hosted by City & State, Joseph Hemway, vice president of information technology, is joining a panel discussion on “Keeping Up with Evolving Technology and Security through COVID 19.” (07/22)

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquired a drawing of a healthcare worker by Harriet Salmon, fine arts operations manager, as part of a collecting initiative for work related to COVID-19. Salmon’s piece was created for a project installing uplifting posters in the ICU break rooms of New York area hospitals (07/22): 

  • Prints for Pandemic Relief, co-organized by Seyhr Qayum, MFA Painting ’21, was highlighted in a Firstpost story on Pakistan’s contemporary art scene during COVID-19. The initiative raised funds for six relief partners supporting vulnerable communities in Pakistan. (07/21) 

  • Ari Melenciano, visiting assistant professor of undergraduate communications design, is one of the 30 artists selected for Eyebeam’s Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future. The new initiative, recently featured in the New York Times, is exploring creative solutions to current issues of the pandemic and international protests to promote a digital future free of surveillance. (07/21)

  • Jing Liu, visiting assistant professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD), was included in an Architect’s Newspaper story on architects and their pandemic reads. (07/21)

  • History of Design graduate thesis projects from the class of 2020 are now available to explore online, featuring audio from the students discussing their work. The projects include artist Beverly Buchanan’s reconstructions of Black history, creating a taxonomy for video game visual style, Parisian graffiti, the indigenous Ottoman decorative vocabulary, and the symbols and science in artist Hilma af Klint’s work. (07/20)

  • Luba Drozd, BFA Computer Graphics ’06, shared a sound piece on Lateral Addition based on a recording of the cycle of four 3D printers creating face shield frames in her Brooklyn apartment. Drozd’s work creating PPE was featured in a story on the Pratt.edu news page. (07/20)

  • Jean Shin, BFA ’94; MS ’96, and adjunct professor-CCE of fine arts, has two new installations in Brookfield Place in Manhattan that transform cast-off materials to draw attention to plastic waste and the need for environmental stewardship. The artwork is on view through September 18, 2020 and was recently highlighted in the New York Times (07/20):

Week of July 13:

  • Pratt class of 2020 fashion students Georgia Baltay, Corie Borgerhoff, Juliana Gogol, and Hannah Thomas were featured in i-D magazine’s “Meet 7 of New York’s standout fashion graduates.” The story highlighted their senior collections and how they persisted through the challenges of lockdown in the spring semester, from modeling their own designs to adapting their work to accessible processes like hand knitting and cross stitching. (07/17)

  • Hyperallergic reported on Pratt’s legal efforts alongside fellow Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design members to block the ICE guidelines targeting international students. The policies were rescinded following widespread criticism on Tuesday, July 14. (07/17)

  • In Artsy’s story “How to Do a Virtual Studio Visit with an Artist,” Fine Arts alumna Anna Park shared her experiences with an exhibition that went on view during lockdown. (07/17)

  • Today at 7 PM EST on Zoom, the July Alumni Masters Panel is featuring a discussion with Pratt alumni working in urban planning, architecture, and design. Panelists include urban planner Tim Anderson, MS City and Regional Planning ’20, interior design director Lauren Kruegel Siroky, BFA Interior Design ’07, and theater poster artist Frank Verlizzo, BFA Communications Design ’72, with Laura Scarano, BA History of Art & Design ’11, as moderator. (07/16)

  • This Friday, July 17, at 2 PM EST, the Counseling Center is inviting students to a “Meeting the Needs of our BIPOC Students” community meeting on Zoom. (07/16)

  • After the disruption of the spring semester, many of the graduate industrial design students in Adjunct Assistant Professor Etty Beke’s Color II class adapted their “Wear or Carry” final projects to address concerns of the pandemic, as shared by @PrattIndustrial (07/16):

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  • The NYCxDESIGN Architecture Graduates Showcase 2020 is celebrating student architecture projects from five New York City schools. Included are two Pratt Institute School of Architecture projects, with Selen Baş and Doğa Kiziltuğ’s “Still as Life: The Seed Archive” exploring ideas of building through rituals and the dormant potential of waste, and Brett Rappaport’s “Biofuelery” on rejuvenating the Red Hook Grain Terminal through local food production and storage, brewing and baking, and oyster and algae aquaculture. (07/15)

  • Comedian and author Phoebe Robinson, BFA Writing ’06, is launching a new Penguin Random House book imprint that will highlight and amplify unique and diverse voices: “Tiny Reparations Books recognizes that the publishing landscape isn’t going to change until the actual work starts behind the scenes.” (07/15)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Mary Mattingly is organizing A Year of Public Water, a campaign started in June 2020 to highlight the history of New York City’s water supply system and examine its ongoing issues of water quality, access, privatization, and infrastructure. (07/15)

  • This Wednesday, July 15, at noon EST, Black Lives Matter Pratt is inviting current students, faculty, and staff to a community meeting to discuss the Institute’s next steps to be more inclusive of Black community members. RSVP details here. (07/14)

  • The Architect’s Newspaper spotlighted how SAY IT LOUD, curated by Pascale Sablan, BArch ’06, is showcasing women and BIPOC architects from around the world. Sablan has organized installations of the exhibition across the US and the UK and is now bringing the showcase online alongside an action to increase representation of diverse designers in architecture and design journalism. (07/14)

  • Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 is continuing to share at-home creativity projects for young people and their families, such as a new video on making zines from Center K-12 Educator Danielle White, MA Art and Design Education ’19 (07/14): 

  • Xue Bai, MPS Design Management ’19 and MPS Arts and Cultural Management ’21, published a book with the United Nations to help children stay positive during the pandemic. Read the full story of how the publication was developed on the Pratt.edu news page. (07/13)

  • The “This Is Weird Without You” project co-created by Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera, MFA Communications Design ’15, with artists Marcela Pardo Ariza and Felipe Garcia Jr. was featured in the Artsy story “Amid COVID-19, These Artists Are Making Sure Local Businesses Aren’t Forgotten.” The three artists have been collaborating with temporarily closed businesses in San Francisco to create wheatpasted messages of solidarity on the boarded-up storefronts. (07/13)

  • Five Pratt fashion students from the Class of 2020—Juliana Gogol, Allison Piccininni, Emily Stearn, Noelani Ramos, and Fiona Jungmann—collaborated with Zara for the most recent VIEW.S collection. Their capsule collection has an emphasis on versatility in its designs and sustainability in its production (07/13):

Week of July 6:

  • This spring, faculty and students in a new, interdisciplinary course sponsored by Art and Design Education and Historic Preservation explored Pratt’s relationship to social movements and student experiences that shaped the school and community during its first few decades and in the 1960s and ’70s. The Pratt Libraries Iron & Glass blog shared their research, which includes examining the story of the Institute’s founding, student activities in the early 1900s, and the legacy of student activism on campus. (07/10)

    Victoria Hayes, MPS Design Management ’17, is featured in the 2020 issue of ELLE Canada. In the spotlight on her fashion label she discusses adapting during the pandemic: “For a long time, the way fashion worked didn’t make sense, but you couldn’t not do it because if you opted out, you were disqualified somehow. Maybe the good thing about this—if there is a silver lining—is that now you can take a chance and no one will fault you for it.” (07/10)

    The Rocket Science Magazine photography fundraiser, in which print sales go to charities supporting Black lives and the ongoing fight against racism, includes work by Matthew Leifheit, visiting assistant professor of photography, Yael Malka, BFA Photography ’12, and Cait Oppermann, BFA Photography ’12. (07/10) 

  • Over Independence Day weekend, artist-generated messages were skytyped over detention facilities, immigration courts, borders, and other sites of historic relevance to immigrant detention and the US culture of incarceration. The project, entitled In Plain Sight, involves a coalition of 80 artists including Maria Gaspar, BFA Painting ’02, Ken Gonzales-Day, BFA Painting ’87, Pratt Fine Arts Fellow Shaun Leonardo, and Carlos Motta, associate professor of interdisciplinary practice in fine arts. A full map of their messages is online at the #XMP site. (07/09)

  • Design Milk featured Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, in the publication’s Friday Five series in which designers, artists, architects, and other creatives share five things that are currently inspiring in their lives. (07/09)

  • Tracey Woods, MFA Photography ’91, created artwork for the windows of Macy’s in Manhattan timed with the retailer’s reopening. The images celebrating love and togetherness will also be featured in the San Francisco and Chicago stores. The artwork was commissioned by Roya Sullivan, MFA Painting and Photography ’91, who oversees the retailer’s window designs (07/09): 

  • Xiaowei Hua, BFA Jewelry ’20, is featured in the Global Graduate Showcase sponsored by i-D and ARTSTHREAD to showcase student work from the class of 2020. In an interview, Hua discussed her senior collection “WHOOSIS”: “This collection comments on how social expectations and peer pressure can force us into unnecessary self-evaluation. Each jewelry piece reflects one phenomenon in current society.” (07/08)

  • Mindful Pratt is continuing its daily practice sessions for the Pratt community through July, including drop-in breath breaks, meditation, and other opportunities. The full schedule and other mindfulness resources are on the Mindful Pratt site. (07/08)

  • Ron Shiffman, professor emeritus in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, was quoted in a New York Times story on “What the Coronavirus Has Done to New Development.” (07/08)

  • The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) celebrated the 2020 BAP student graduates with the second annual Stole Ceremony. Held over Zoom, the ceremony honored graduates Devin Alexander, BFA Drawing ’20, Timothy Anderson, MS City and Regional Planning ’20, Karen Y. Hall, BFA Fine Art ’20, Tionna Reeves, BFA Painting ’20, Calyn Pickens Rich, BA Critical and Visual Studies ’20, and Amberrose Venus-Gordon, BFA Painting ’20. Each stole was virtually bestowed by an alumni presenter whose pairing with a student honored their discipline and practice, including Derrick Adams, Leroy Campbell, Jeremy Martin, Imani Shanklin Roberts, Mitchell Silver, and Tracey Woods. (07/07)

     

  • Architectural Digest featured final projects by three graduating industrial design students. They include Hannah Fink whose “Groove” is a multipurpose fitness bench designed for people to stay healthy during lockdown, Zhengkai Hu whose “Naked Skin Perfume” can be customized to a person’s skin texture, tone, and scent, and Julia Liverton’s “HanD Pen” that is ergonomically designed for elderly people with diabetes. (07/07)

  • Today at 5 PM GMT+1, Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, joins Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, tutor and researcher at the Royal College of Art in London, in the discussion “In Session: Design Curricula for Climate Crisis.” Click here to register for the webinar. (07/07)

  • The spring/summer 2020 issue of Prattfolio is now available to explore online. Organized around the theme of “action,” the stories include activism on campus, sustainability in fashion, and a historic look back at the class of 1970. (07/06)

  • Undergraduate architecture student Onyi Egbochue, who serves as president of Pratt’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), was interviewed by Madame Architect. In the feature, Egbochue discusses civic engagement, preservation of culture and community, and the decision to study architecture: “I hope that my future career fosters dialogue and action between designers and the communities we so desperately need to protect and uplift.” (07/06)

  • Pratt alumni including Anna Park, Jamaal Peterman, and Salman Toor will be featured in the Public Art Fund exhibition Art on the Grid. Debuting June 29 and expanding on July 27, the initiative features 50 New York-based artists responding to themes of healing, loss, community, isolation, and activism. Their work will be exhibited on bus shelters and LinkNYC kiosks around the five boroughs. (07/06)

Week of June 29:

  • The Pratt Recreation and Wellness YouTube series “Designed to Move” features members of the Pratt community sharing their thoughts on their active lifestyle, wellbeing, workouts, and other issues of health and wellness. (07/01)

  • The Addresses Project created by Gwen Shockey, MFA Fine Arts ’17, was featured in Them’s 2020 Now List celebrating visionary LGBTQ+ artists, activists, and community members. In an interview, Shockey explained that the project documenting lesbian and queer space and memory in New York City is especiallly essential with the pandemic threatening the survival of many lesbian bars: “The drive to be together is strong. New spaces will open, dance parties will continue, we will always find ways to be joyful, intimate and safely physical.” (07/01)

  • Merica Jensen, visiting assistant professor of undergraduate architecture, curated a collection of live performances and recorded works titled “REMOTE BODIES” responding to this time of isolation. The project’s livestream is now archived to watch on YouTube. (07/01)

  • Pascale Sablan, BArch ’06, was featured in an Architectural Record profile on how the senior associate at S9 Architecture involves advocacy and action in her practice: “We have so many abilities as architects, that we can’t say we’re only going to start fighting for justice when it’s time to build a monument, or a memorial, or a museum.” (06/30)

  • Pratt Visual Arts Fellow Shaun Leonardo wrote an essay for CNN on how institutions must do better at making room for diverse leadership and acknowledging their role in gatekeeping. Leonardo’s exhibition dealing with police brutality was canceled by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. (06/30)

  • The Graduate Communications Design Department is celebrating the class of 2020 by sharing their work in an Instagram series (06/30):

  • The School of Architecture has announced the winners of the Dean’s Inaugural Social Justice and Climate Crisis Student Awards. (06/29)

  • Raven McMillan, alumna of the SCPS UX/UI Mobile Design certificate program, was featured in a Redbook magazine story on how layoffs can be an opportunity to pursue a passion. McMillan discussed how continuing education has supported her transition to a new field: “In a strange sort of serendipity, this pandemic has given me the permission to fully pursue my passion without fear of failing.” (06/29)

  • Assistant Professor of Film/Video Eliza Hittman was included in Variety’s 2020 New York Women’s Impact Report, highlighting women who have had a significant impact on the entertainment industry while navigating the challenges of the pandemic. (06/29)

Week of June 22:

  • Today at 5:30 PM EST, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, associate professor of photography, joins a virtual discussion on metadata in digital images, representation during protest movements, and new ways of documentation with UB Art Galleries Curator Liz Park. The talk coincides with the launch of the online resource binder Thinking through Photographs, inspired by the 2019 Teaching Photographs symposium at Pratt. (06/24)

  • Deborah Willis, MFA Fine Arts ’80, was featured in and contributed an essay to the New York Times's story “Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America.”  (06/24)

  • In celebration of Pride Month, @PrattCEI shared this Pride Week graphic from a 1989 issue of The Prattler (06/24):

  • The Pratt Institute School of Architecture announced that it will host its first international conference in June 2021, The Curriculum for Climate Agency: Design In(Action), co-sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the European Association for Architectural Educators. (06/23)

  • Elena Conte, deputy director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, was interviewed for Next City’s “Rezoning by the Book, When the Book Ignores Race.” The story highlighted how Conte, with the Pratt Center, has been publishing on residential and commercial displacement. (06/23)

  • Mark Grattan, Jr., BID ’06, was featured in Surface magazine. The interview highlights his studio VIDIVIXI, the design industry’s reaction to the protests, and his reflections on being a queer Black man in design. (06/23)

  • This Tuesday, June 23, Healthy Pratt and the Center for Career and Professional Development are hosting a panel with four alumni who graduated during the 2008-09 recession to discuss their journeys and strategies for seeking employment. (06/22)

  • Dina Schapiro, assistant chair for the Creative Arts Therapy Department, was interviewed for the New York Times story “Museums Embrace Art Therapy Techniques for Unsettled Times” on how these institutions are engaging their collections and educators in addressing collective grief and unrest. (06/22)

  • Kadir Nelson, BFA Communications Design ’96, illustrated the July cover of Rolling Stone in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. As he explained in an online feature, “I want everyone in this painting—particularly the African American women and children—to know that they matter. That they have the power to create change in the world.” (06/22)

Week of June 15:

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has compiled a non-exhaustive list of resources for the Pratt community to practice anti-racism, learn how to be involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, and support diverse communities on and off-campus. (06/19)

  • Salman Toor, MFA Painting ’09, was featured in a New York Times story on what lockdown has meant for eight LGBTQ artists and writers. His solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art was postponed due to COVID-19: “I am back to painting, and I’m on my third one now. I realized this is not going to be a dead end for me.” (06/19)

  • Identity magazine included Jerome Byron, BArch ’10, and Mark Grattan, Jr., BID ’06, on a list of “15 Inspiring Black Architects and Designers you should be following.” (06/19)

  • This Friday, June 19, at noon EST, Black Lives Matter Pratt is inviting students, staff, and faculty to join a discussion on how the Institute can be more inclusive and uplift its Black community members. (06/18)

  • Today at 6:30 EST, Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, joins the Center for Architecture’s Guess-A-Sketch Zoom event as an honoree sketcher. (06/18)

  • Today at 6 PM EST, join an information session on COVID Commons.  Now having a call for submissions, the new journal will feature perspectives from architecture students on the era of COVID-19. Students can respond through any medium to online prompts, with the first round of submissions closing on July 15. (06/18)

  • Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, created a list of Black-owned Made in NYC member businesses to support now and always. (06/17)

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, was quoted in an Architect’s Newspaper story on how architecture schools are adapting to remote learning: “Our online spring semester has allowed us to take a moment to rethink traditional practices that have gone unchallenged for decades.” (06/17)

  • Louise Eastman, MFA Painting/Drawing ’14, Erik Hougen, MFA Printmaking ’08, Matt Magee, MFA New Forms ’86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Angela Conant are featured in Planthouse’s Miss Democracy. The online exhibition features over 20 artists responding to representation, voting, COVID-19, and other issues of democracy. (06/17)

  • Dasol Hong, MFA Sculpture ’20, was awarded the “Most Unique Design” distinction in the Museum of Craft and Design’s international mask design competition. (06/16)

  • Pratt Visual Arts Fellow Shaun Leonardo was interviewed for the Art for Justice Fund's IGTV on his work in safely releasing people who are incarcerated to protect them from COVID-19. The Fund’s Art for Justice in Conversation series is hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, MFA Writing alumna and program director for Black Lives Matter Pratt. (06/16)

  • Kadir Nelson, BFA Communications Design ’96, illustrated the June 22, 2020 cover of The New Yorker. Entitled “Say Their Names,” it contains images of Black strength and suffering—from leaders of change to those who had their lives cut short by police—within the body of George Floyd (06/16): 

  • Pratt Libraries have compiled a Black Lives Matter resource guide with currently available antiracist ebooks, streaming videos, zines, and other materials: “We hope these resources will encourage the entire Pratt Institute community to understand racism more deeply so we can pull it up by the roots.” (06/15)

  • Today at 5 PM EST, the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) is hosting a virtual open house for City and Regional Planning, Historic Preservation, Urban Placemaking and Management, and Sustainable Environmental Systems. (06/15)

  • The new 2018-19 InProcess publication is now available to explore online, featuring work from the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program and the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) in the School of Architecture (06/15):

Week of June 08:

  • The Pratt Shows website was highlighted in a Fashionista story on how fashion graduates are showcasing their work amidst COVID-19. (06/12) 

  • Niama Safia Sandy, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, is hosting a discussion this Saturday, June 13, at 1 PM EST highlighting Black women printmakers, including Jennifer Mack-Watkins, MFA Printmaking ’09. The dialogue is part of Sandy’s weekly For/Four conversation series on Zoom featuring women in the arts. (06/12)

  • This Sunday, June 14, Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96, is joining historian Alison Rose Jefferson in a Zoom discussion hosted by the Hudson River Museum on the theme of water in modern African-American history, from segregation to access. While the museum is currently closed, Adams’s Buoyant is now available to explore in an online exhibition on Google Arts and Culture (06/12):

  • This summer, the Integrative Mind & Body Program and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are hosting free online yoga and meditation workshops for the Pratt community. Sessions include Beginner Hatha Yoga and Meditation each Monday through July 6, Meditation for Wholeness each Wednesday through July 15, and Restoring Balance with Therapeutic Yoga each Thursday through August 6. (06/11)

  • Jack Travis, adjunct professor of interior design, was interviewed by House Beautiful for the feature “39 Creatives Talk Being Black in the Design Industry—and What Needs to Change”: “Children need to see faces that look like their own in positions of authority, protection, and in the making and maintaining of the communities they live and grow. Both our society in general and this profession have a long way to go.” The story also includes interviews with alumni Danielle Fennoy and Karen J. Revis. (06/11)

  • Hiba Schahbaz, MFA Painting ’12, is painting memorial portraits of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Popp, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, and others killed by police. In March, i-D magazine featured her work in a story on women artists diversifying the nude. (06/11)

  • Today the Weeksville Heritage Center is hosting virtual programming featuring projects and archivists from Pratt’s Semantic Lab, including Cristina Pattuelli, professor in the School of Information. The Semantic Lab has been exploring connections between jazz musicians through linked open data to preserve a more inclusive history. Read about the Semantic Lab’s Linked Jazz project on the Pratt.edu news page. (06/10)

  • This Thursday, June 11, Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, is giving a virtual talk as part of the “Design Activism Acts of Care” series supported by Athena Swan and the University of Portsmouth. (06/10)

  • Design Talks Now presented by Design Pavilion is exploring why design matters now. Today at 2 PM EST, industrial design alumni Harry Allen and Tucker Viemeister are having a “Conversation Between Friends” followed by a live Q&A. On Wednesday, June 24, at 2 PM EST, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Mary Mattingly is joining the “Design Against Extinction” conversation. (06/10)

  • As part of the online Core77 Student Showcase celebrating work from the class of 2020, Pratt design students are featured in showcases on design for well-being, nourishment and social change, and design for protest. Upcoming Pratt showcases will include design for the elderly, the Pratt Shows portfolio project, and the Material Lab prize (06/10):

    The Pie Chart Umbrella by Peixuan Li, BID '20, designed to protest academic injustice

  • "We must seize this moment in history to fight injustice, renew our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and make the investments and policy changes needed to become a better Pratt for all of our community members.” Read the full text of a community message from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by Vice President Nsombi B. Ricketts. (06/09)

  • In honor of Pride Month, this Wednesday, June 10, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a Pratt Community Dialogue on celebrating Pride from noon to 1:00 PM EST. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff. To RSVP and receive the Google Meet information, email diversity@pratt.edu. (06/09)

  • Maribel Marmolejo, Film/Video ‘22, is making packages of support items for people out protesting. She shared the list of items so people can put together their own supplies. (06/09)

  • $2.75, a short documentary film on police brutality and NYPD crackdowns on fare evasion by Mylo Butler, Film/Video ‘21, is now on YouTube. The film features the voices of Black students and footage from the FTP protest on 11/1/2019 (06/09):​ 

  • Conceived by Lila Meyer, UG Communications Design, ’20, Creative Services’ student designer in Pratt's Communications and Marketing division, the Celebration of the Class of 2020 design concept pays homage to Pratt’s class of 1970, the Institute’s first class to graduate without ceremony, by blending the typographic style of the 1970 yearbook with Pratt’s current identity. “The identity takes on a feeling of solidarity as the class of 2020 joins 1970 as the only years in Pratt history who will not participate in a traditional ceremony,” Meyer said. The Class of 2020 Celebration can now be explored at any time online. (06/08)

  • Mahogany L. Browne, MFA Writing alumna and program director for Black Lives Matter Pratt, is featured in an SF Chronicle Datebook story spotlighting her poetry and her June 13 participation in the Heavy Hitters online spoken word and music festival. (06/08)

  • In commemoration of Pride Month, Pratt again raises the Philadelphia Pride and Transgender Pride flags on the Brooklyn campus. Watch them fly on @PrattCEI (06/08):

Week of June 01

  • Fine Arts Professor Steve Locke appeared on the Irish news program The Tonight Show (at approx 3:00 minute mark), discussing justice for George Floyd, policing in the United States, the current protests, and white supremacy. (06/05)

  • The Black Student Union (BSU) at Pratt has shared a Black Lives Matter Resource & Rest document with information, events, and other links aimed at supporting Pratt’s Black community. (06/05)

  • “18 and Counting” by Greer Cooper, BFA Jewelry ’20, remembers 18 boys who were 18 or younger when they were killed by police or put in prison for life, as shared by @Pratt_Institute_Jewelry. Cooper’s full collection dedicated to children and young people who have lost their lives at the hands of the American government is on CritiArt as part of the Pratt Institute BFA Jewelry Thesis Exhibition (06/05)

  • Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, is calling on local manufacturers to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to people exercising their right to peacefully and safely demonstrate. Donations can be shared with grassroots efforts and community groups through an online form. For organizations who are on the frontlines and can distribute PPE to protestors, please email madeinnyc@prattcenter.net. (06/04)

  • This Friday, June 5, students in the Master of Architecture Design Studio led by Alexandra Barker, assistant chair of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program, are presenting their projects as part of the Billion Oyster Project Virtual Symposium Week. Registration is now open on Eventbrite. (06/04) 

  • The Mindfulness Initiatives in Student Affairs Committee is extending its daily practice through June, with weekly breath, stress reduction, and other mindfulness events. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all welcome, as well as any others looking for this kind of support. (06/03)

  • Swoon (Caledonia Curry, BFA ‘02) was interviewed for a Harper’s Bazaar story on the state of the art industry during COVID-19: “We will see a lot of art that is a response to this moment, and some of that art will be the result of the time that people have been given to look back and examine their lives.”(06/03)

  • Today at noon, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Black Lives Matter Pratt, and Health Promotion are hosting a community dialogue on the recent incidents of racial violence and national protests against police brutality. RSVP for the Google Meet information at blm@pratt.edu (06/03):

  • Dezeen featured final thesis work by undergraduate and graduate interior design students that was presented in the Virtual Design Festival school show. Focusing on themes of ethical and social responsibility, the projects include communities for immigrants, an urban farming hotel, and a monument to the AIDS crisis. (06/02)

  • Pratt Recreation and Wellness is now on YouTube. Subscribe to the account for home workouts, wellness tips, and more. (06/02)

  • Julia Liverton, BID ’20, was honored with the Best Conscious Design Award in WantedDesign’s Best Design Student Projects 2020. Liverton’s “HanD Pen” is an insulin pen designed for aging individuals living with arthritis and diabetes (06/02):

  • Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 is launching an instructional video series for children and young people. Called “Let's Keep Learning” the series was created by artists, designers, and educators in the Center-K-12 to inspire at-home creativity. The videos will be shared on IGTV and YouTube. The first video features a tessellations project with faculty member Jonathan Peck. (06/01)

  • Doniella Davy, BFA Photography ‘10, was featured in a Vanity Fair article about how she is demonstrating on Instagram the looks she would have brought to HBO’s Euphoria as its head of the makeup department. (06/01)

  • The spring semester has come to a close, but you can revisit memories from the MFA class of 2020, captured by photography faculty member Federico Savini and shared on the @PrattArtistsLeague Instagram (06/01):

Week of May 25

  • This Saturday, May 30, at 10 AM EST, the Celebration of the Class of 2020 site goes live! Stop by this weekend or anytime going forward to watch video remarks from Honorary Degree Recipient Neil Gaiman, visit sections honoring each student, and explore memories and messages shared by graduating students. (05/29)

  • Over 350 portfolios are now available to explore on the Pratt Shows 2020 site. Graduates can continue to add their work to this virtual end-of-year showcase. (05/29)

  • Memories and messages from the class of 2020 are being collected to commemorate the accomplishments and spirit of the graduating students. Tag #PrattGrad2020 to include yours and explore contributions from your classmates (05/29)

  • This Monday, June 1, at 5 PM EST, the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) is hosting a virtual open house for City and Regional Planning, Historic Preservation, Urban Placemaking and Management, and Sustainable Environmental Systems. (05/29)

  • Interior design students in the Graduate Level Qualifying Design Studio are featured in an online exhibition presenting their ideas for remote viewing of Isamu Noguchi’s art. The collaboration with The Noguchi Museum is part of a regular spring exploration by the course into Noguchi’s work, and this year that focus was adapted to consider relationships between art and physical distance. (05/29)

  • Selen Baş and Doğa Kiziltuğ, both BArch ’20, are featured in the NYCxDESIGN Architecture Graduates Showcase 2020. Their “Still as Life: The Seed Archive” project explores the dormant potential of waste and ideas for activating the stillness of buildings through rituals. Griffin Uhlir, BID ’20, was featured in this week’s edition of NYCxDesign’s “The Roundup,” a video series on the innovations of NYC designers. Uhlir’s project “Democracy During Pandemic” examines concepts for a safe and rewarding voting experience during a crisis. (05/29)

  • As this year’s in-person Pratt Shows were suspended due to COVID-19, Amanda Huynh, assistant professor of industrial design, created a coffee table scale model of the exhibition for her Capstone Studio: Nourishment & Social Change students’ projects. An opening was held over Zoom (05/29)

  • Vogue featured work by 10 new Pratt fashion graduates as well as their thoughts on the future. (05/28)

  • The Pratt Shows portfolio site was featured in the “Experience the best student projects in these virtual end-of-year exhibitions” story in The Architect’s Newspaper. (05/28)

  • After the Alternative Processes/Platinum course shifted to remote learning, Dan Estabrook, visiting assistant professor of photography, asked students to write about their final projects instead, describing the work they would have made with historical analog processes for a collective zine. (05/28)

  • Naomi Safran-Hon, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, was profiled in The New York Times. She discussed how the pandemic has impacted her painting practice in the interview: “Some people make work to be seen on the screen ... but my work is meant to see in person. It’s meant to hold space with you, to have a relationship.” (05/28)

  • This Friday, May 29, at 5 PM EST, alumni Devin Alexander and Mario A. Robinson are leading a “Preparing a Portfolio” interactive virtual presentation for high school students. The event with the Harlem School of the Arts is presented in partnership with Pratt Admissions and Black Alumni of Pratt. (05/28)

  • Martina Tuaty, BFA Photography ’18, is part of The Sunny Project, featuring over 40 Florida-based photographers. Sales from prints support nonprofits helping women and children who are at high risk due to COVID-19. (05/28)

  • Check out the @PrattInteriors Instagram for 125 posts of work by the Interior Design BFA and MFA graduating class (05/28):

  • Pratt students including Sanisha Agarwal, Ali Bonfils, Gabrielle Borrajo, Diana Branzan, Ari Fouse, Daniel Menatian, Brooks Morrow, Olivia Noss, Chloe Isel Pargas, Rosa Quimby, Griffin Reynolds, Lucy Shalders, Darya Shev, Bennett Smith, Maria Useche, Oliver Ward, Wesley Ware, and Ding Xitong are in the BFA Show 2020. The online showcase of work by currently enrolled BFA students was featured in a New York Times story as an example of students coming together to give visibility to their work in the time of COVID-19. (05/27)

  • This Thursday, May 28, at 8 PM EST, the School of Information is having an online graduation party with karaoke, the InfoLounge for catching up, and a faculty meetup. (05/27)

  • Claudia Bitran, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, and Rebecca Morgan, MFA ’09, are featured in the E-Motionø Support Group, a collection of digital animations made to raise your spirits during a time of isolation. The exhibition continues through June 9 with new work revealed each day. (05/27)

  • Matthew Leifheit, visiting assistant professor of photography, was interviewed for an Aperture article on how photographers are getting through lockdown. His discussion included the portraits he took via Zoom for a New York Times story on dancer Reid Bartelme and choreographer Jack Ferver. (05/27)

  • This Thursday, May 28, at 6 PM EST, Carl A. Zimring, professor of sustainability studies, is joining a virtual discussion with the New York Transit Museum on the urban history of horses, sanitation, and transportation. (05/27)

  • The @PrattArtistsLeague shared some memories from the MFA class of 2020, from crits to moments in the studio. Graduates are invited to share their own memories on Instagram with the hashtag #PrattGrad2020 (05/27)

  • Senior thesis projects from the History of Art and Design are online, with each including a poster illustrating the subject and audio from the student discussing their work. Topics range from Tiffany lamps as industrial design to dress and beauty in Victorian England. (05/26)

  • Interior Design BFA and MFA graduates have published their portfolios on Issuu. (05/26)

  • Today at noon, join a Facebook Live discussion on the Pratt Exhibits page with Jeremy Myerson and Paul Priestman on the New Old: Designing for Our Future Selves exhibition recently on view at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. (05/26)

  • MFA alumna Lu Zhang and her husband, Herb Tam, curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America, were featured in a New York Times story on artists to follow on Instagram. They have been hosting the Virtual Studio Visit Loop conversation series with cultural creators on Instagram Live. (05/26)

  • Alumna Devyani Guha has been working with her son, Zubin Kremer Guha, to produce hundreds of face shields for healthcare workers. They have been creating the PPE through the Soma NJ 3D Printers Alliance. (05/26)

  • Cori Jean, BFA Communications Design ’20, shared this “Diary of a Senior Year” with sketches, thoughts, to-do lists, and other notes that chronicle a year of growth and inspiration. Are you a graduating student with an object that encapsulates your Pratt experience? Share it on Instagram with the hashtag #PrattGrad2020 (05/26):   

     

Week of May 18

  • Crain’s New York Business published an op-ed by Pratt President Frances Bronet on the importance of higher education institutions working together—in this crisis and in looking ahead to better tackle the next one. She emphasized that colleges should focus their energy on doing what they do best, namely innovating and trying to solve current and future problems: “Once we’re confident this crisis is firmly behind us, we must ask ourselves some hard questions. How else can higher-education leaders better speak with a shared voice, especially when it matters most? And how can we continue to demonstrate the deep societal value of education, research, expertise, and community commitment beyond our campus borders?” (05/22)

  • A dedicated Instagram filter was created for Pratt graduates. Search “Pratt 2020 grad” under effects and tag @PrattInstitute to be featured in the online Celebration of the Class of 2020. (05/22)

  • Explore the virtual Pratt Photography Survey featuring work by junior and sophomore students and Pratt Photography 2020 to view work by the graduating class. (05/22)

  • Vanessa Braxton, BS Construction Management/Engineering ’92, was profiled by Essence. The story highlights how she is using her Black Momma Brands vodka distillery to produce hand sanitizer during COVID-19. (05/22)

  • Jun Zhang, MS Packaging Design ’20, made a tiny G train car while quarantining in her Brooklyn apartment. Contribute your own memories of Pratt (or your campus commutes) to the Class of 2020 Celebration site with the hashtag #PrattGrad2020 on Instagram (05/22)

  • The Pratt Shows 2020 portfolio site is now live! Explore student work from across the Institute in this dynamic digital experience. (05/21)

  • Elizabeth Bridges, MFA Interior Design ’18, and Garrett Benisch, MID ’19, created a prototype for a bio-based face mask grown from microbial cellulose, as covered by Core77. (05/21)

  • This summer, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ PreCollege program will be held online and welcomes young artists and designers to the virtual campus to spend the summer creating, exploring, and developing their creative practice. Through the months of June, July, and August, PreCollege offers students portfolio development courses and exploration courses in a variety of majors and topics taught at Pratt. Registration for summer 2020 is open now! (05/21)

  • Work by 25 students is featured in the online 2020 Pratt Masters of Industrial Design Thesis Exhibition. Projects are organized around themes of identity, sustainability, health, and connection. (05/21)

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, joined a Screentime conversation as part of the Virtual Design Festival organized by Dezeen. The discussion is available to watch online. (05/21)

  • Amanda Huynh, assistant professor of industrial design, created black and yellow regalia for Pratt graduates who want to celebrate in the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The code to download is below, and if students want the cap, they can write to Huynh and she will send them one in the game (05/21)

     
    Animal Crossing regalia for Pratt Grads (courtesy Amanda Huynh)       

  • President Frances Bronet was selected by Interior Design magazine to share her perspective in a feature on how faculty and administrators are navigating the end of the school year and looking ahead to educating designers in a post-COVID-19 world. Bronet discussed the extraordinary circumstances of the spring semester and recognized the incredible work of the Pratt community to adapt its education models to a new virtual space. (05/20)

  • Pratt has launched a Giphy account with animated stickers that the class of 2020 can use to celebrate their graduation on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, iMessage, and other social and texting platforms. (05/20)

  • The Metro Third was launched by Intro to Journalism students. The “virtual dispatch from NY, NJ, and CT” features numerous stories reflecting on the world in COVID-19, including disinformation about wet markets, a nurse’s audio diary, and the impact on the queer party community. (05/20)

  • The Creative Arts Therapy Department launched an online collection of student work called “Creating through Quarantine,” with the pieces responding to experiences of adapting to newness and uncertainty during the pandemic. (05/20)

  • Industrial Design graduate student Hannah Fink will be featured in the Whipsaw Senior Showcase 2020 this Thursday, May 21, at 5 PM PST. The virtual showcase of senior projects by industrial design students from across the country was organized to support the emerging design community amidst COVID-19. (05/20)

  • Duke Riley, MFA Sculpture ’06, is featured in the second phase of Messages for the City, an initiative in which artists and designers are making work in support of essential workers. The project was initially launched for digital displays in New York City, including the billboards of Times Square, and is expanding to Boston and Chicago (05/20):

      

  • School of Information students in Projects in Digital Archives have digitized, cataloged, and curated online videos from the public-access TV program Gay Morning America (1984–85) in collaboration with the LGBT Community Center National History Archive as well as audiotapes from Lesbian Nation, a radio program from 1972 to 1973 about lesbian communities, in collaboration with the Lesbian Herstory Archives. While they finished the digitization work before the pandemic, they continued working remotely to complete the descriptive, curatorial, and web work. (05/19)

  • This Wednesday, May 20, at 7 PM EST, Pratt Alumni is hosting the first in a series of virtual Alumni Masters Panels. Panelists include artist Theresa Chromati, BFA Communications Design ’14; Product Designer Kai Lin, BID ’15; Sandy Mendler, BArch ’86, of Gensler; and David Vogler, BFA Communications Design ’85, of WWE Advanced Media Group. (05/19)

  • Pratt Visual Arts Fellow Shaun Leonardo was featured in a Hyperallergic story on how artist-parents are using creative methods to engage and educate their children during a pandemic. (05/19)

  • This Wednesday, May 20, at 1 PM EST, Black Lives Matter Pratt is celebrating graduating students with a virtual “See Ya Later Kickback.” Faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss moving forward during COVID-19. (05/19)

  • The Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF), directed by Andrea Steuer, Communications Design ’14, is holding CADAF Online from June 25 to 28. Applications are now open through June 1. (05/19)

  • Third-year MID students presented their thesis projects remotely on themes of connection, identity, sustainability, and health, with some screenshots shared by @PrattIndustrial (05/19):

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, was a panelist in the Cooper Hewitt's recent virtual dialogue with designers, educators, and students on “Creating a Bright Tomorrow: Design Education for a New Sustainable World.” The event is available to watch on YouTube. (05/18)

  • This Monday and Tuesday night, Film/Video is hosting a senior showcase featuring screenings of in progress and finished films as well as filmmaker Q&As with graduating students. (05/18)

  • As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Counseling Center are hosting a virtual Pratt Community Dialogue on Mental Health, Wellness and COVID-19 this Tuesday, May 19, from 12 PM to 1 PM EST. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to RSVP. (05/18)

  • Construction Management, Facilities Management, and Real Estate Practice are hosting a virtual seminar on “What’s in the Future” tonight at 6 PM EST. The event features alumnus Joseph G. Mizzi, president and COO of Sciame Construction, and examines the future of construction and the built environment in a world practicing social distancing. (05/18)

  • The virtual Pratt Young Scholars Class of 2020 Graduation is on YouTube, celebrating the students, instructors, alumni, friends, and families who make the high school program from the Center K-12 a success. (05/18)

  • While Pratt Libraries missed the drawings students make on their coloring tables during finals week, they shared a coloring sheet of the library building from a 1947 issue of the Prattonia (05/18):

Week of May 11: 

  • After their end-of-year runway shows were canceled, WWD reached out to senior fashion students at leading design schools to showcase their thesis collections. The resulting online video features Pratt students Juliana Gogol and Fiona Jungmann who discuss the influences behind their collections, the importance of their Pratt community, and their appreciation for the collaborative experience it provided. (05/15)

  • Students in the PIC class “After the Internet” led by visiting faculty members Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish, both MFA '13, are presenting their work in Privacy Settings. Featuring navigable 360-degree views of a private setting—some real some imagined—the virtual exhibition responds to the displacement of a planned in-person show and examines what our shared experiences of social distancing mean for public and private space. (05/15)

  • The Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program had a virtual final review with this year’s GAUD Critics-at-Large Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin. The live-streamed event is now available to watch on the GAUD YouTube channel, showcasing projects from the Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, and Master of Science in Urban Design programs across two sessions. (05/15)

  • The School of Architecture recently hosted the Rome Program Honors Review on Facebook Live, with the event now archived to watch online. While the students experienced an interrupted semester in Italy, they endeavored in making connections and engaging with their architectural studies of “the Eternal City” as the program shifted into a remote space. (05/15)

  • Students and alumni have been sharing their #quarantinestudio setups with @PrattFineArt, including this creative use of space by MFA candidate Amber Peck (05/15)

     

  • After Pratt Institute closed temporarily in late March, a small team of dedicated Pratt facilities and security personnel continued to look after the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography Andy Todd, who has stopped by campus once a week to maintain the photography labs, took portraits of these essential staff members to celebrate their crucial work. (05/14)

  • Today at 6 PM EST, the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program is hosting an end-of-year “enfilade” celebration. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to visit eight virtual rooms featuring student work, a preview of virtual exhibitions, messages from GAUD faculty, and other experiences. (05/14)

  • This Friday, May 15, at 6 PM EST, join a webinar on “Planning Beyond COVID-19” with alumni representing each department of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE). (05/14)

  • The Artist Spotlight Series from the Pratt Artists League (PAL) is featuring interviews with graduating MFA students impacted by COVID- 19. The interviews can be watched on PAL’s Instagram and in an online archive from Fine Arts. (05/14)

  • The Associate Degrees department partnered with New York Public Library on the sixth edition of Posters For a Cause, with this year’s theme being “Designing for a World in Crisis.” Each student designed a poster for the project aimed at raising awareness and funds for a cause of their choice. The student presentations of their posters are now available to watch online. The Pre-Press and Print Production students also participated in the United Nations (UN) Call for Creatives by creating graphics for social media to be judged and potentially used in the UN and World Health Organization (WHO)’s campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19. They have been sharing their graphics on the #smartvirusing hashtag to inspire others and remind people that they are not alone (05/14):

    Work created by Pre-Press and Print Production students for the #smartvirusing hashtag
    Work created by Pre-Press and Print Production students for the #smartvirusing hashtag

  • Join the Department of Digital Arts this Thursday, May 14, at 7 PM EST for an End of Year Animation Celebration. The Zoom event showcases the work of 2020 MFA and BFA Animation students and features Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda (2008) and The Little Prince (2015), as a guest speaker. (05/13)

  • Tonight at 6 PM EST, Pratt Historic Preservation is presenting final presentations on Facebook Live and Zoom from graduating students, with topics ranging from community preservation initiatives to historic structure management. (05/13)

  • The quarantine zines created by the BFA Senior Painting and Graduate Thesis class led by Laurel Sparks, adjunct associate professor of fine arts, are available to explore online. Students submitted what they were working on, what recipes they were making, what they were reading, and other experiences of self-isolation. (05/13)

  • Anna Size, MS Museums and Digital Culture ’21, wrote about “Museums in the Time of Coronavirus” for the Pratt Museums and Digital Culture blog on Medium: “As employees wonder what they can accomplish from home, now is finally the chance to dig into the ‘want’ versus ‘need’ pile.” (05/13)

  • Susan Cianciolo, assistant professor of fashion, is featured in Artsy’s story on the self-care rituals used by artists to keep them creative. (05/13)

  • A big thanks to the Pratt Libraries graduate assistants who have been working from home to answer online questions submitted to the Ask-a-Librarian chat (05/13):

  • The class of 2020 can now upload their work to the Pratt Shows portfolio site! This site showcases student work and the creative efforts of the Pratt community in the form of an online portfolio and presentations. Graduating students can log on to start their portfolios. (05/12)

  • This Wednesday, May 13, at 7 PM EST, the Department of Digital Arts is hosting a virtual celebration for the 2020 MFA and BFA Digital Imaging and Interactive Arts students. The Zoom event showcases student work through screenings and features author Nora Khan as a guest speaker. (05/12)

  • The 17th Annual Pratt Career Night, led by Professor of Interior Design Jon Otis and his wife, Diane Barnes—hospitality sales director at Haworth Collection, which is the industry sponsor—went virtual this year. The annual event gives Pratt students the opportunity to meet and present their portfolios to principals of major design firms. Check out the story of how they quickly pivoted to an online showcase in the OfficeInsight digital magazine. (05/12)

  • Check out these scenes from the end-of-year visiting critique panel for the Pratt Photography Junior Survey course led by Associate Professor Stephen Hilger (05/12):

  • This Tuesday, May 12, at 7 PM EST, Alumni Engagement is hosting a Virtual Paint Party with alumnus and artist Mario Andres Robinson. RSVP online for the Zoom event. (05/11)

  • ICYMI: Last week’s Q&A with Assistant Professor Eliza Hittman on her new film Never Rarely Sometimes Always, hosted by Pratt Feminist Club and Pratt Film/Video students Katharine Cutler and Shannon Lyons, is available to watch on the Pratt Institute Facebook page. (05/11)

  • Raissa Bretaña, visiting instructor in the history of art and design, was interviewed for a Teen Vogue article on how COVID-19 might change fashion: “It is tempting to think that contemporary fashion will continue on its current trajectory of increasing casualness … However, I’d like to think that the post-pandemic aesthetic will shift in the opposite direction—that the widespread return to ‘outside’ clothing will inspire a renewed interest in getting dressed up.” (05/11)

  • Patrice Helmar, visiting assistant professor of photography, is featured in the From Here on Out poster sale and exhibition benefiting the COVID-19 Prisoner Emergency Support Fund. (05/11)

  • The School of Architecture with help from the staff at the Consortium for Research & Robotics (CRR) has continued Pratt’s work in producing PPE for medical professionals in need through a donation of material from BLICK (05/11):


    Phoebe DeGroot, CRR project coordinator, and Rodrigo Guajardo, School of Architecture Model Shop Manager

Week of May 4: 

  • This Saturday, May 9, from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST, the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) is presenting “Super Saturday,” a day of studio presentations. Hosted on Facebook Live, the virtual showcase of work from spring 2020 is open to the public and tackles issues ranging from heritage documentation in Sunset Park to public space in Havana, Cuba. A special session will explore the student collective response to COVID-19. (05/08)

  • The Artist as Curator class led by Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Jason Stopa has launched the Monday Morning Gallery, an online arts space created after plans for an in-person show were canceled. Their Unspoken Bodies exhibition is now available to explore virtually. (05/08)

  • Today at 7 PM EST, join Joelle Danant from the Integrative Mind and Body Program for an evening of meditation, sound healing, and gentle stretches. (05/08)

  • Yoon Chang, visiting assistant professor of fashion design, is illustrating senior thesis collections: “Sharing my appreciation of the hours, love, broken needles, sweat and tears they shed to realize their collections” (05/08):

  • As Pratt’s spring semester shifted to distance learning, students, faculty, and staff have creatively continued to learn together while staying apart. Check out a visual tour of just a few select highlights from the vibrant work happening across the virtual campus. (05/07)

  • Seyhr Qayum, MFA Painting ’21, is an organizer of Prints for Pandemic Relief, which is bringing together over 50 contemporary Pakistani artists from around the world to sell prints to support grassroots workers and organizations involved in COVID-19 relief in Pakistan. (05/07)

  • Today at 1 PM CDT, MFA alumna and interdisciplinary artist Yasmin Spiro is joining a virtual installment of Mana Contemporary Chicago’s community lunch to talk about her art practice during pandemic. (05/07)

  • Students in Visiting Instructor of Foundation Art Hallie McNeill’s Space, Form, Process class have been creating found object sculptures that evoke both classical art and the playfulness of modern assemblage (05/07):

  • The Third Annual Research Open House is now live as a virtual event! Visit its online home for over 60 projects involving more than 200 collaborators from across the Pratt community tackling ideas like architecture for bees, physical therapy in virtual reality, and mobile science learning. And don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award. (05/06)

  • The deadline for faculty and staff to apply to the Made in NYC Learning Lab 2020 Call for Ideas has been extended to Friday, May 8, 5 PM EST. The initiative from the Pratt Center for Community Development engages the creative expertise of the Pratt community in designing and facilitating learning opportunities and creative services for local manufacturers and makers. (05/06)

  • Tomorrow at 9 PM EST, join a Q&A with Assistant Professor Eliza Hittman on her new film Never Rarely Sometimes Always, moderated by Pratt Feminist Club and Pratt Film/Video students Katharine Cutler and Shannon Lyons on Pratt Institute’s Facebook page(05/06)

  • A Blade of Grass featured a discussion with Pratt Visual Arts Fellow Shaun Leonardo on prison, dehumanization, and COVID-19: “We are all in a place where we’re isolated. We see for ourselves firsthand what it feels like to be disconnected from one another and the fact that it is not natural.” (05/06)

  • The @pratt_institute_jewelry Instagram is currently hosting a virtual 2020 senior thesis exhibition. Each day, one artist is highlighted through the work they created this year, such as Xiaowei Hua, whose jewelry responds to how personal value is influenced by social media and other societal measures of worth (05/06):

  • Alumna and architect Annabelle Selldorf shared a virtual tour of Manhattan’s classic skyscrapers with The New York Times. Take a stroll on Google Maps to appreciate the lines of the Seagram Building and hovering design of the Lever House with Selldorf’s commentary. (05/05)

  • Amanda Huynh, assistant professor of industrial design, started a “Design in the Time of Corona” bi-weekly newsletter for her students, featuring design news, engaging and motivational digital content, and job listings. Members of the Pratt community can join by emailing ahuynh16@pratt.edu. (05/05)

  • This Wednesday at 3 PM EST, the @HealthyPratt Instagram is hosting a discussion on communication during quarantine with the Pratt New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). (05/05)

  • The Pratt Community Engagement Board (CBoard) is currently hosting a virtual volunteering week, with each day featuring a different organization or community service opportunity. (05/05)

  • The School of Architecture has taken its final reviews online, such as this undergraduate architecture class led by Visiting Assistant Professor Gonzalo Lopez in which students designed cohabitational bookstores (05/05):

  • Today at 6:30 PM EST, the School of Architecture is live streaming an online memorial to celebrate the legacy of faculty member Bill Menking. Hosted on the School of Architecture’s Facebook page, the tribute will feature remarks from his architectural colleagues as well as members of the Pratt community. (05/04)

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development is offering data-related technical assistance to local nonprofits—such as support for surveys, neighborhood demographics, and data collection and visualization—so these organizations can use data to advance their mission during COVID-19 and beyond. (05/04)

  • In a “Live from Home” Q&A on the Pratt Libraries blog, Archives Graduate Assistants Miranda Siler and Nikki Lopez discussed the changes in their classes, how they've stayed focused, and the ways in which their library work has shifted in the pandemic. (05/04)

  • Jiaqi Shen, BFA Fashion ’21, responded to a class prompt to “make something out of nothing” by creating an incredible garment from just paper towels and staples: “The message I was trying to convey is that you can always find balance out of an unbalanced situation”(05/04):

Week of April 27: 

  • Registration for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is now open for the summer! Collaborating with their education partners, all in-person programming has been converted to remote learning. This includes PreCollege, Summer Intensives for Credit and Noncredit, Courses and Certificates, Contemplative Studies, and Yoga & Creativity. Several remote learning programs are also available to undergraduate and graduate students, including Film Studies: The Art of Cinema and Integrative Mind and Body. (05/01)

  • School of Architecture faculty members shared their insights on remote learning, its challenges, and their successes in continuing the spring semester in a virtual classroom. (05/01)

  • Today from 5 to 7 PM EST, join the Pratt Community Engagement Board (CBoard) in a virtual card making session to make cards to send to seniors in assisted living and retirement homes. (05/01)

  • Cinematography and film/video production student Fuzhi Zhao’s film “The Wonders of Our Past” is featured in the experimental category of this year’s Centrally Isolated Film Festival, a student-run competition organized by Cornell University to celebrate student filmmakers across the country. The 2020 edition is being held online through May 1. (05/01)

  • The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities (CICU), of which Pratt is a member, is raising awareness for a campaign advocating for higher education in the next stimulus bill. Anyone can get involved in contacting federal policymakers through the e-advocacy tool on the New York Student Aid Alliance site(05/01)

  • Industrial Design graduate student Hannah Finkhas dedicated the past few weeks to working with a team producing open-source ventilator splitters, with prototypes recently tested at UCLA Medical Center (05/01)

  • This Friday, May 1, join the virtual Open Mic Night with music, readings, and other acts hosted by the Pratt Program Board, Writing Department, Music Club, and Pratt Radio. (04/30)

  • In a feature on Forbes, Jiawei Zhao, MFA Photography ’18, discussed the inspiration from Beijing, Manhattan's Chinatown, and other Chinatowns around the country in his work and how COVID-19 has impacted these communities: “The pandemic is a catastrophic disaster for all mankind. In China, people have worked very hard to combat this situation. After all of this, Chinese people would like their life to go back to normal, as I think people all over the world are hoping to do.” (04/30)

  • Each Friday morning at 8:30 AM EST, Rhonda Schaller of Student Affairs is leading “Meditate with Me on Zoom.” (04/30)

  • Chris Wright, adjunct professor-CCE of fine arts, shared photographs of the creative home studios of his painting students on the @PrattFineArt Instagram (04/30):

  • News12 Brooklyn broadcast a segment highlighting the rapid response of Pratt’s faculty and staff in utilizing campus technology to produce PPE for healthcare workers during the pandemic. (04/29)

  • The Design Advocates platform is empowering design businesses with advocacy, resources, and data for creative industries during COVID-19 and beyond. The initiative was formed by a group of independent practices, architects, and designers, including Michael K. Chen, adjunct associate professor-CCE of undergraduate architecture; Abigail Coover, adjunct assistant professor of undergraduate architecture; and Jane Lea, visiting assistant professor of undergraduate architecture. (04/29)

  • The Pratt Photography Department is sharing weekly viewing and reading recommendations from their faculty and staff, such as Visiting Associate Professor of Photography Carrie Schneider who recommended the online article “In Defence of the Poor Image” by Hito Steyerl as it relates to this time when many of the usual methods of working have been interrupted. (04/29)

  • @PrattFoundation featured a project on COVID-19 from Foundation student Lauren Cole, shared on Zoom during the Visualization/Representation class led by Carol Diamond, adjunct associate professor-CCE of foundation art (04/29):

  • The graduate Creative Arts Therapy Department is sharing movement and therapeutic actions on their IGTV channel, including art therapy student Sarah Serrano’s demonstration of meditative spirals, art therapy student Ally Xifaras’s video tutorial on creating a poem collage, and a movement response to our current circumstances by alumna Emma Geisdorf. (04/28)
  • This year, the International Food Festival is virtual. The Pratt Program Board, International Affairs, and Health Promotion in Student Affairs are inviting students to submit recipes, videos, or lead live cooking demos to highlight their favorite food from their culture or home country. (04/28)

  • Pratt MFA students Caito Stewart (CAITO), Josh Meillier, Jackie Slanley, and Alyssa Thornton are featured in Assemblage, co-curated by Julia Speed with the Olympia Project. The online exhibition highlights work by MFA students from across the country whose senior thesis shows were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. (04/28)

  • Watch face shield components being produced at Pratt in an initiative managed by the Information Technology (ITL) division with the School of Design and the School of Architecture (04/28):

     

  • It’s Pratt Virtual Spirit Week! Follow #prattspiritweek to see what the Pratt community is sharing and find out how to get involved. Daily activities include showcasing a piece of work made this semester, sharing a photo of a favorite Pratt memory, and recreating a favorite work of art with what you have at home (maybe something from the Pratt Sculpture Park?). (04/27)

  • This Tuesday, April 28, at 12 PM EST, the Film/Video Speaker Series continues on Zoom with a conversation with film director Charles Burnett. The event is co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter Pratt and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. (04/27)

  • Luka Lucic, associate professor of social science and cultural studies, was interviewed for a New York Times story on what a new normal may feel like after the pandemic. Drawing on his studies of war and Sarajevo siege survivors, he reflected on deeper changes that have endured long after crises: “I’m sure it's going to be the same now ... I think [COVID-19] will profoundly change how we interact physically with other people.” (04/27)

  • The Autonomous Action site spearheaded by the School of Architecture provides the Pratt community with a self-action guide to participating in meaningful responses to the COVID-19 crisis in New York from home. It includes information on making PPE, whether face shields or medical gowns; ways to assist your local community, like becoming a senior penpal; and how donations can support those in need. (04/27)

  • Students in Drawing VI, the thesis class for graduating Fine Arts Drawing majors, are creating mail art projects that meditate on self-isolation, distance learning, and the unexpected changes in the final semester (04/27):

Week of April 20: 

  • In response to COVID-19’s impact on architecture, the Pratt School of Architecture is partnering with AIA Brooklyn to offer four free AIA-accredited courses online. Read the full story on the Pratt.edu news page. (04/24)

  • Fine Arts is sharing online class examples and student work from spring 2020, from book art to creating a self-portrait in 25 parts. (04/24)

  • This year, Pratt is celebrating accepted undergraduate students and their families with a virtual Accepted Students Day. Featuring a specially produced video, this year’s digital version of the normally in person, on-campus event is one of a number of successful, broader online efforts being led by Admissions that include digital counseling sessions and portfolio reviews. The virtual Accepted Students Day extends the reach of this important event, including to accepted students who might not have been able to travel to New York to attend even pre-COVID-19. (04/24)

  • As part of the Well Now WTF? online moving-image exhibition co-curated by Faith Holland, visiting assistant professor in Digital Arts, an event series is being hosted on Twitch. Ongoing through May 9, the schedule includes performances, artist talks, and a panel discussion featuring former Digital Arts faculty member Carla Gannis. (04/24)

  • Film/Video student Tamia Bailey shared some work-from-home tips on @prattfilm_video (04/24):

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, is featured in Places Journal’s “Field Notes on Pandemic Teaching,” part of a narrative survey of educators from around the world sharing their challenges in the move to online teaching: “Our objective should not be to emerge as experts in digital teaching mediums, but instead, to advance our skills in the kind of critical compassion needed to work collectively and collegially in the face of uncertainty, constraint, vulnerability, and isolation, too.” (04/23)

  • Today at 5 PM PST, Grayson Cox, adjunct associate professor of Fine Arts, is giving a Zoom talk moderated by artist Hollis Witherspoon on art and our current moment. (04/23)

  • Art and Design alumna Pamela Ptak has been sewing hundreds of face masks and distributing them to frontline workers across the country, as featured in the Saucon Source. (04/23)

  • Qianwen Lu, BFA Jewelry ’20, shares ecologically-inspired adornment in quarantine on @Pratt_Institute_Jewelry (04/23):

  • Edel Rodriguez, BFA Painting ’94, is one of the 20 designers featured in Messages for the City, a public art campaign being staged across New York City. From the screens of Times Square to the digital billboards above the Lincoln Tunnel, as well as hundreds of LinkNYC kiosks, the initiative is transforming these digital displays into art for hope, togetherness, and recognition for the frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. (04/22)

  • As the MFA Open Studios would have been this past Saturday, April 18, the Pratt Artists League (PAL) is presenting an Artist Spotlight Series. The project includes interviews with artists mainly focused on the graduating MFA students of 2020 who were impacted by COVID-19. The interviews can be seen on the PAL Instagram. (04/22)

  • Read Me. Like a Book: 30 Years of Dobbin Books was recently on view at Pratt Libraries with 68 artist books dating from 1992 to 2019 installed in the stacks and gathering spaces of the building. The exhibition is now available to explore in a digital experience. (04/22)

  • Jonathan Peck, adjunct assistant professor in Foundation and the K–12 Center, asked his Pratt Young Scholars students to draw a window or open door, focusing on the value difference between the inside and outside spaces (04/22):

  • Each Tuesday until May 16, the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) is hosting live sessions for asking questions about self-care, entrepreneurship, job markets, and more. (04/21)

  • Support artists with a Zoom background that’s an original work of art through Meeting Masterpieces, an initiative featuring a background by Julia Roe, BFA Communications Design ’18. (04/21) 

  • Lauren Baker, MS Library and Information Science ’18, is featured in a New York Times story on the web archiving team at the Library of Congress that is rapidly archiving web culture, including an international project that collects content related to COVID-19. (04/21) 

  • Adam Friedman, director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, contributed an op-ed to Crain's New York Business on how the strength of local manufacturing was essential for quickly creating PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic: “The amazing success of the companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in quickly converting to personal protection equipment is attributable to two things: 1) The diversity of businesses at the Navy Yard … and 2) the staff of the Navy Yard Development Corporation—the soft infrastructure.” (04/21)

  • Yoon Chang, visiting assistant professor of fashion design, asked her students to create a sculpture or accessory using material available in their present living space. @PrattFashion shared the striking results (04/21):

     

  • After the closure of the Pratt campuses, surplus food was donated to Rethink Food NYC. An initiative led by the Student Government Association (SGA) also donated 100 MetroCards to the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Read the full story of these donations on the Pratt.edu news page. (04/20)

  • It’s Pratt’s 15th Annual Green Week and the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS) and Pratt Sustainability Coalition are presenting a virtual edition for 2020. The online features include work from across departments celebrating how faculty and students have integrated sustainability in their classes. Visit the CSDS website for design proposals, presentations, research, and other initiatives. (04/20)

  • Today at 6:30 PM EST, the School of Architecture is hosting an online memorial for Professor M. Louis Goodman to honor his life and legacy. The memorial will be live streamed on the School of Architecture’s Facebook page. (04/20)

  • This year, Pratt Athletics’ annual awards ceremony—the Charlies—is a social media event spanning two weeks. Each day between April 20 and May 1, winners in every sport will be announced with a video on Instagram. (04/20)

  • An Jianhao, BFA Film ’21 and president of the Pratt Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA), has led an initiative to distribute hundreds of face masks to the Pratt community. With CSSA Vice President Anran Mina Li, BID ’21, and club member Tyler Hangting, BPS Construction Management ‘22, they brought these face masks to numerous students living in the Brooklyn area as well as members of Campus Safety (04/20):

Week of April 13:​

  • Around 15,000 face shields have been produced at Pratt Institute for distribution to local medical facilities. Managed by the Information Technology division with the School of Design and the School of Architecture, the initiative was launched at the end of March to quickly transform the cutting-edge labs and tools on campus into a production facility for PPE. Joseph Hemway, Vice President of Information Technology, said: “The Institute moved reflexively from an instructional platform to the production of vital equipment within a week’s time—it was in its DNA.” Read the full story on the Pratt.edu news page. (04/17)

  • The Pratt Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering a quick tutorial and list of resources for considering accessibility in online classes, using the framework of Universal Design for Learning. (04/17)

  • Garrett Benisch, MID ’19, has been working on no-sew masks that can be made at home. He shared a how-to video on Vimeo for how to make a face mask from a t-shirt, no sewing abilities required. (04/17) 

  • The initiative Pictures for Elmhurst features work by Photography faculty members John Lehr and Farah Al-Qasimi as well as Jason Fulford, BFA Photography ’95. The fundraising print sale is supporting Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, one of the hardest-hit places in the COVID-19 pandemic. (04/17) 

  • Professor of Foundation Art Leslie Roberts asked her class to create overhead views of where they are now or the places they miss (04/17):

  • Missing campus? The Pratt Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has a collection of Zoom backgrounds featuring locations across the Institute. (04/16) 

  • This Friday, April 17, at 6 PM EST, join a panel discussion on Zoom with Pratt faculty who have expertise in planning in times of disaster. They will discuss the role of designers, planners, architects, placemakers, environmentalists, and preservationists in shaping and supporting communities beyond COVID-19. (04/16)

  • Meera Nathan, MS Information Experience Design ’21, worked on COVID Can I Do It, a tool that helps people assess the risk of common activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each task is rated on a 1 to 5 scale and the tool provides recommendations to keep you and your loved ones safe. (04/16) 

  • Using Jell-O, ice, and paper, Visiting Assistant Professors of Fine Arts Blake Hiltunen and Naomi Safran-Hon are bringing mold making and casting into remote learning (04/16):

  • The 42nd Student Affairs Leadership Awards will have a virtual ceremony this Thursday, April 16, at 9 PM EST. The video of the annual event celebrating the past year of achievements from Pratt’s students and clubs/organizations will be accessible after the ceremony for future viewing. (04/15) 

  • The Pratt Student Government (SGA) is calling for videos or screen recordings to say thanks to the Facilities and Public Safety staff who continue to secure the closed campus. (04/15)

  • Today at 7 PM EST, the Photography Lecture Series hosts a live streamed talk with Associate Professor of Photography Sara Greenberger Rafferty. (04/15) 

  • The Food Insecurity Team remains dedicated to helping students facing food insecurity. Complete the Food Insecurity under COVID-19 survey and contact thepantry@pratt.edu for additional assistance. (04/15)

  • The Pratt School of Architecture is sharing work from the classes of Professor M. Louis Goodman, who taught at Pratt since 1979 and passed away after contracting COVID-19 (04/15):

  • The RETI (Resilience, Education, Training and Innovation) Center, which was launched through Pratt’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) RAMP initiative and whose board includes GCPE faculty members Gita Nandan and Ron Shiffman, has launched MaskForce to help overcome shortfalls in protective medical gear for frontline care providers. They’ve raised over $50,000 for these essential supplies and are working with a coalition of like-minded groups to pool their resources and expand their reach to cities across the country. (04/14) 

  • This Tuesday at 12 PM EST, the Center for Career & Professional Development and Learning/Access Center are hosting a Zoom workshop on talking to employers about anxiety, depression, ADHD, dyslexia, chronic illness, and more. (04/14) 

  • Jennifer Minniti, chair of the Fashion Department, is featured in a WWD article on how fashion schools have moved classes online: “We are hopeful that this crisis will erode the competition culture in fashion and promote a more community-minded culture.” (04/14)

  • The design and fabrication studio of Ashira Israel, visiting assistant professor of interior design, switched from making furniture to making face shields at the end of March. These face shields have been distributed to the hardest-hit hospitals in the NYC area. (04/14) 

  • Fashion student Emma McClelland shared this vibrant parasol that doubles as a protective isolation bubble on @PrattFashion (04/14):

  • This Tuesday at 12:30 PM EST, Health Promotion and Counseling is hosting a discussion on how to manage your mental health in your current environment. (04/13)

  • Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, is hosting COVID-19-related online events  aimed at local businesses, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers. They have also aggregated a COVID-19 Resource Support Database. Both tools are updated daily with the latest events and opportunities. (04/13)

  • First-year Facilities Management student Nitin Purshotam is working with the IFMA Foundation—the accrediting body that promotes facility management education around the world—to get real-time interviews from facility managers about their operational responses to COVID-19. The information will be used to update the IFMA Pandemic Manual, last edited in 2006. (04/13)

  • Pratt Libraries recently had three of its Pratt-centric 16mm films digitized. These provide glimpses of campus life between the 1930s and ’80s. As part of this process, the films underwent ultrasonic cleaning and rewashing—a process that helps remove scratches—before being scanned in 4K resolution and color corrected. Visit talks.pratt.edu to watch Pratt: The Early Years, scenes from 1936 Armistice Day, and the 1981 Pratt Puts It On for behind-the-scenes footage of a Bill Tice fashion show. (04/13) 

Week of April 6: 

  • Pratt’s History of Art and Design Department has compiled a list of online resources from museums and galleries around the world, including millions of high-resolution images from the Smithsonian Institution, streaming opera from the Metropolitan Opera, and virtual tours of national parks. (04/10)

  • Pratt Libraries has a full suite of tutorial videos to help with online research with subjects including eBooks, streaming videos, and accessing full-text articles. (04/10)

  • The Pratt Young Scholars program is now online: Twice a week for the rest of the academic year, the highly motivated high school students are participating in virtual drawing studios and college preparation. (04/10)

  • The Photography Department is hosting an ongoing Senior Thesis Showcase on Instagram featuring images of student work (04/10):

  • Pratt now has a Social Distancing Guide on Guidebook for desktop and mobile with advice and resources on staying connected while staying apart. The resource includes recipes, health and wellness events, mindfulness activities, links to online exhibitions and entertainment, and delightfully distracting animal webcams. (04/09)

  • Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 is sharing its ongoing digital activities to engage children and young people in New York City with art and design through its new IGTV channel and with the hashtag #PrattYouthatHome. (04/09)

  • Minh-Ha T. Pham, associate professor of humanities and media studies, wrote for Truthout that as fashion designers and brands are shifting to making masks, it's important to recognize the work of the garment workers they employ: “To acknowledge that garment workers are now responsible for producing a global supply of masks is not only a necessary corrective; it’s an urgent one.” (04/09)

  • Nick Naber, MFA '12, is using Coastal Post, the website he co-founded, to host a remote studio visits initiative. (04/09)

  • James Lipovac, adjunct associate professor of foundation art, shares the art of a virtual classroom, via @PrattFoundation (04/09):

  • Clarissa Hurst, BFA Painting ’20, was featured in a New York Post story on New York City designers making masks for first responders. (04/08)

  • Salman Toor, MFA Painting ’09, had his first museum solo show scheduled to open at the Whitney Museum of American Art this month. With that exhibition postponed, he shared with Artsy how he’s adapted throughout his life to new modes of artmaking. (04/08)

  • The campus may be closed, but the trees are still blooming for spring. Helio Takai, interim dean of Liberal Arts and Science, shared photographs taken by Randy Donowitz, director of the Writing and Tutorial Center (04/08):

  • Virtual learning is now in full swing: here are snaps from the first week of online classes, meetings, thesis presentations, and even digital basketball “practice.” @PrattInstitute shared some highlights, including the Office of International Student Affairs having their first hangout with international students; Ágnes Mócsy, Professor of Math and Science, leading the “Starstruck: Meet our Universe” class; and Museum and Digital Culture students discussing digital signage with Sara Devine, Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Information. Whether reporting in from a Zoom beach or a creative home studio, it was good to see everyone’s faces (04/07)

  • Pratt Health Promotion has created a Wellness Calendar with webinars, virtual classes, and other resources to keep you healthy and well-informed. (04/07)

  • Today at 7:30 PM, School of Art Fellow Shaun Leonardo is joining other arts professionals in “ART • WORK • PLACE: Emergency Session,” an online forum hosted by The New School on the impact of COVID-19 on the art world. (04/07)

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will be hosting virtual DEI Allies Training Certificate Program courses this spring. Registration is now online. (04/07)

  • Adam Friedman, Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, joined in a virtual conversation with Turnstile Tours about manufacturing in New York City and the impacts of COVID-19. (04/07)

  • Alumnus James Cox painted a tribute to New York healthcare workers and first responders that he plans to print as posters to raise money for protective equipment (PPE) that can be distributed to those in need. (04/07)

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development’s Made in NYC initiative has details on local companies that are joining in the effort to make face masks. (04/06)

  • Mark your calendars for April 16: the School of Architecture is hosting Expanded Practices, a live-streamed event where faculty will discuss their latest academic and professional endeavors. The event is focused on faculty members who teach architecture or related courses and have expertise in fields other than architecture. The event will kick off at 6:30 PM on Facebook Live on the Pratt SoA Facebook Page. (04/06)

  • For some at-home reading, the spring 2020 Prattler is out and the theme is “Cult,” perfect for indoor brooding. (04/06)

  • Carina Sturm, head of group and personal training with Pratt Athletics and Recreation, is sharing home workouts on @PrattRecWell. (04/06)

  • Industrial Design Studio II students responded to the #IsolationChair design challenge to create small chairs from the objects that surround them in self-isolation. @PrattInstitute shared their 27 contributions (04/06):

Week of March 30:

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, shared a message for the first official week of virtual teaching: “There is certainly no ‘going back’ to the ‘normal’ that got us into this mess, to begin with. And there is also the possibility that our profession will become more ethical and by implication more effective as a consequence of this, too.” (04/03)

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a variety of digital programming this month, including an April 7 “Black under COVID-19” conversation organized by Black Lives Matter Pratt, an April 15 focus group on faculty and staff with disabilities, an April 22 focus group for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff, and an April 29 community dialogue hosted by the Center for Equity and Inclusion about consent. RSVP online. (04/03)

  • Each Thursday for the next eight weeks, the Senior Support Group is meeting on Zoom. The group offers space for students in their final year to talk about this time of transition and their concerns, hopes, and pathways to graduation. (04/03)

  • Pratt alumna Berena Wasserstein is sharing weekly art therapy directives for finding some calm during COVID-19, with this week’s video focused on the meditative experience of drawing mindful circles. (04/03)

  • Because it’s good to check in with yourself, here are your daily quarantine questions, via @PrattFineArt (04/03):

  • The Pratt Student Emergency Fund launched to support Pratt students facing unforeseen hardships at this time. (04/02)

  • President Frances Bronet has been active in working with other higher education leaders to urge congressional delegates to fight for additional federal aid for relief during and in the aftermath of COVID-19. This includes the passage last week of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the CARES Act, which supports colleges whose campus operations were disrupted by COVID-19. (04/02)

  • Alumna Luba Drozd, a former Visiting Instructor in Digital Arts, appeared in a New York Times article on makers using 3D printers to help with the shortage of medical supplies. Drozd has been 3D printing protective shields for healthcare workers in her Brooklyn apartment. (04/02)

  • David Burney, Academic Coordinator of Urban Placemaking Management, offered commentary on this time of social distancing on the CUNY Public Space Research Group blog: “We are suddenly realizing the importance of human interaction, of our mutual dependency, and of the need for places for this to happen. Public places are the fundamental glue of neighborhood life.” (04/02)

  • Caitlin Stewart, MFA Sculpture ‘20, is making her backyard work as her DIY casting studio (04/02):

  • Alumna Rose Wong contributed an illustration to the New York Time’s “Art in Isolation,” an “ongoing visual diary in our uncertain times.” Entitled “Who We Need Now,” it has an inverted pyramid of workers with grocery clerks, sanitation workers, delivery cyclists, and healthcare workers at the top. (04/01)

  • Queer Pratt is continuing to hold digital meetings on Discord and Zoom. (04/01)

  • Faith Holland, Visiting Assistant Professor in Digital Arts, co-curated Well Now WTF?, an online exhibition opening April 4. It features over 60 artists with moving image practices. As the curators state: “We have no answer, but we do know how to make GIFs. We can come together and use the creative tools at our disposal to build a space for release outside of anxiety-inducing news cycles and banal social media feeds.” (04/01) 

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development has a message to get you through the week (04/01):

  • Stephen Hilger, Associate Professor of Photography, shared his memories of cultural historian Maurice Berger who died from health complications after contracting COVID-19: “[Berger] dedicated his life’s work to questioning and understanding how the construct of race shapes history” and “provided an important inspiration for us. Although we will continue to follow his example, we will miss him deeply.” (03/31)

  • Incoming Dance/Movement Therapy student Lynn Neuman of Artichoke Dance Company is creating a series of videos called “Move with Me” that offer 90 seconds of movement, perfect for staying active while at home. (03/31)

  • What does your WFH life look like? Check out innovative setups for remote work and study from across the Pratt community on the @PrattInstitute Instagram.(03/31)

  • Here’s some creative #quarantinecollage by Photography student Madison Wilds Burger (03/31)

  • Our friends at the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (MARP) have a regularly updated guide to what Myrtle Avenue restaurants and stores are open and delivering, a great way to support local business in Pratt’s Brooklyn neighborhood! MARP’s Local COVID-19 Guide also has resources for accessing free or low-cost food, ways to support food workers impacted by COVID-19, and opportunities to get involved in neighborhood volunteering. (3/30)

  • Alumna Ariana Bohling is engaging her high-end footwear company in raising funds for masks that are being donated to NYC area hospitals in need. (3/30)

  • Artist and writer Coco Fusco is speaking in an April 16 webinar co-sponsored by Pratt Fine Arts and the Performance + Performance Studies MFA program. Fusco will reflect on utopia in the context of Cuba and the way artists have responded to its revolutionary legacy. Advance registration is now available. (3/30)

  • Susan Cianciolo, Assistant Professor of Fashion, and alumnus Harry Moritz are among several artists who contributed inspirational posters to the break room at Lenox Hill Hospital. As covered by Vogue, the pop-up gallery is an initiative to support the doctors and nurses during COVID-19. (3/30)

  • The Pratt cats are enjoying the extra campus space for lounging in the spring sun, but look forward to the return of their community which has always been generous with ear scratches and snacks. Read about their care during the shutdown (3/30)

Week of March 23:

  • While the New Old: Designing for Our Future Selves exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery is closed to the public, @PrattExhibits is sharing highlights, such as the Paro interactive robot seal created as a therapy device for people with dementia and the Gillette "TREO" razor designed for shavers of older people. (03/27)

  • Alumna Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya created the Quarantine RX idea generator for self-care during COVID-19. (03/27)

  • Nina Edwards, Lecturer in Continuing and Professional Studies, filmed step-by-step marker rendering techniques in her transition to online instruction. (03/27)

  • This creative work from alumna Casey Sobel will keep our spirits up through the weekend (03/27):

  • Mindful Pratt is offering virtual resources including breath breaks, a wellbeing calendar, a workshop on stress reduction for faculty and staff, and an online meditation incubator. (03/26)

  • Through May 25, Pratt students can access free e-Textbooks at bookshelf.vitalsource.com. The materials are offered through Books By eCampus, Pratt’s Online Bookstore, in partnership with VitalSource. (03/26)

  • The School of Art is asking Pratt students to show off what they're working on with the hashtag #PrattAtHome. (03/26)

  • The yearbook is still getting printed! From Prattonia 2020 (03/26):

  • Healthy Pratt created a resource list of actionable steps to stay physically and mentally healthy while working and studying remotely. (03/25)

  • Pratt Libraries has a guide to its digital collections, from Pratt publications to thousands of archival photographs. You can also chat with a librarian through the “Ask a Librarian” feature on library.pratt.edu. (03/25)

  • Historic Preservation shared materials from last fall when students studied one of the last surviving Dutch construction grist mills on Long Island and provided future adaptation and alteration plans for this historic architecture (03/25):

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development’s Made in NYC initiative compiled a list of resources to aid and support New York City manufacturers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is being updated daily. (03/24)

  • The Pratt Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting virtual Coffee Meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 AM. Join their email list to get a reminder (03/24)

  • Check out the incredible student work being posted by Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (03/24):

  • Even with the ARC closed, Pratt Rec is sharing daily workouts to help keep our community healthy. Follow @PrattRecWell for advice on staying active, including home exercise routines and a plan to go from “couch to 5k.” (03/23)

  • The Pratt Program Board is sharing their favorite movies, music, and activities on @PrattPB. Each day a new Pratt Board member will offer their “quarantine picks” to add some brightness to your week. (03/23)

  • For more music to keep you energized, WPIR, the Pratt radio station, has a Spotify playlist of “quarantunes.” (03/23)

  • Here’s some vibrant home studio inspiration from alumna Kristen Liu-Wong, shared by @PrattAlumni (03/23):

Throughout the Institute, students, faculty, and staff are developing new ideas and solutions during this time of hybrid and remote learning. We are working together to support and foster Pratt’s unique creative community across campus and beyond. The Pratt Daily Hub is an ongoing roundup of some of the exciting initiatives, projects, and plans that are coming together in real time.