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Week of August 30, 2021

Pratt Young Scholars Taffy and Peiqi received first place in the Asian American/Asian Research Institute’s “This Is Where I Belong” High School Art Contest. See their work @prattyouth.

Sean Kim, MID ’21, was honored with a Student Notable in the Furniture & Lighting category of the 2021 Core77 Design Awards for his Wavy Lamp. As he told Core77, it is reminiscent of an Akari lamp but is 3D-printed from corn plastic.

Helen Oh, MFA Communications Design ’22, shared advice for incoming students on @prattgradcomd: “We are here to learn from one another. This is not a place for winning or losing. There’s only work.”

Steve Locke, professor of fine arts, wrote about alumna Mickalene Thomas’s art for Frieze: “Far from the cut-up constructions and ravenous male gaze that mark the cubist nude, Thomas’s woman is somehow more intact despite the attempts to divide her.” On September 9 in Manhattan, Lévy Gorvy gallery is opening the first of four presentations of Thomas’s work that will include exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong.

NaviGrips by Hector Brignone, MID ’22, was highlighted in the NYCxDESIGN Student Spotlight. The project is a haptic navigation tool that guides the user through the city with vibrations and lights. See more @nycxdesign.

“Kibu” by Jack Doremus, BFA Digital Arts ’22, received an In Harmony with Hope Award for Social and Climate Justice in the Campus Movie Fest. Watch the short animation on a small alien navigating a forest fire online.

Students in the Play As We Grow studio led by Jeanne Pfordresher, adjunct associate professor of industrial design, explored designs for toys, games, and other objects that would encourage fun and imagination, such as a vegetable garden for kids and a desktop toy for adults who experience anxiety. See more @prattindustrial.

The Magic is in the Seeing at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan will honor the work of Philip Perkis, professor emeritus of fine arts. The exhibition will feature photographs by Perkis as well as artists he inspired, including alumni Kristin Holcomb, Abby Robinson, and Lynn Saville, and as well as current photography faculty and staff members George Hirose, Martin Lennon, Julie Pochron, Sarah van Ouwerkerk, and Ellen Wallenstein. It will be on view from September 12 to November 14, 2021.

“One thing that I am certain of is that the Pratt community is resilient, smart, caring, and steps up to monumental tasks… we as a community will once again be able to bring the best of our creativity and skills more fully to the pressing matters of our world locally and globally.” Read the fall 2021 welcome letter from President Frances Bronet.

For Women’s Equality Day, @prattinstitute shared archival photographs of women studying at Pratt in its early years, from chemistry labs to woodworking classes.

A New York Times obituary for Bob Diamond, Electrical Engineering ’79, remembered how Diamond first heard about a lost subway tunnel under Brooklyn while he was a student at Pratt. He would go on to rediscover the world’s oldest subway tunnel underneath Atlantic Avenue and lead tours into the underground passage for three decades. The story links to a 2009 Prattfolio interview with Diamond where he describes seeing the tunnel for the first time as “akin to landing on the moon.”

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