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Week of January 31, 2022

Follow @prattinstitute—which shared this art by CEI peer leader Khushi Shan—and check out the events calendar for happenings all month for Black History Month. The Black Alumni of Pratt, the Center for Equity and Inclusion, Pratt Archives, and Pratt Alumni are also sharing features on Black community members and alumni who have impacted campus history and the history of their fields.

John Powers, BFA Fine Arts (Sculpture) ’98, was profiled in the New York Times for how he adapted his practice after a life-changing injury to his hand: “Art has given me a way to look at this and take part in this.”

Students are back on campus this week, including in the Foundations Lab where a visual representation class led by Visiting Assistant Professor Fay Ku sketched minerals in the collection.

Rochelle Feinstein, BFA Fine Arts (Printmaking) ’75, was interviewed by the New York Times’s T Magazine alongside a survey of her work now displayed simultaneously in six galleries around the world. She discusses how her painting career was influenced by her time at Pratt: “I realized that painting was part of history.”

The first week of the Senior Thesis BFA Exhibitions has opened in the Pratt Photography Gallery. Stop by all semester and follow @prattphotography to see the student work.

Digital Arts and Library and Information Science alumna Jacky Connolly was announced as one of the 63 artists exhibiting in the 2022 Whitney Biennial opening on April 4.

Charlotte Böhning and Mary Lempres, both MID ’23, are finalists for the 2022 Lexus Design Award. Their Chitofoam material research project reuses discarded polystyrene foam as food for mealworms and then uses their exoskeletons for an environmentally friendly alternative to polystyrene foam.

An intersection in Boyle Heights was named for Fine Arts alumnus ​​Robert Vargas. The recognition by the Los Angeles City Council honors the muralist’s contributions to art and humanitarian causes.

Na’ye Perez, MFA Fine Arts (Painting/Drawing) ’20, has art on view at BRIC House in Brooklyn through August 28, 2022, that remixes found material and archival photographs to capture everyday experiences of Black love and resilience.

Pratt was included in Architectural Digest’s “16 Interior Design Schools Worth Applying To,” with the publication noting the program’s “firm commitment to social and environmental responsibility and professional ethics.”

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