the maGaZiNe Of Pratt iNStitute
Passport to Creativity
Empathy for Culture
F eatur es:
10 KOreaNs at Pratt:
a WOrLD-CLass eDuCatION
Social networking has made South
Koreans Pratt’s largest body of
international students and alumni.
18 BeGINNING at Pratt…
CHaNGING tHe WOrLD
Innovative designs originating at Pratt impact
healthcare, economies, personal comfort, and
overall well-being in many parts of the world.
24 PassPOrt tO CreatIVItY
Pratt artists view the world with curious eyes,
assimilating what they see in surprising ways.
30 28 eMPatHY FOr CuLture:
DesIGN FOr a GLOBaL aGe
Pratt students practice cultural
WHere IN tHe WOrLD Is Pratt? immersion to exhibit at the International
Pratt’s presence across continents. Contemporary Furniture Fair.
DePa r tMe N t s:
2 Mailbox 42 Corporate Partnerships about the Cover
Third + Bond, Barnes & Noble, Designed by the Korean architectural firm
3 President’s Letter Umbra, and Wilsonart Mass Studies, the Korean Pavilion at the 2010
4 Pratt People Expo in Shanghai, China, (May–October) is
44 Pratt exhibitions
Textile designer John Robshaw; covered in part by Pratt alumnus Ik-Joong
librarian Farideh Tehrani; artist Jean 46 supporting Pratt Kang’s colorful design that displays the Korean
Claude Dominique; entrepreneur Doris Trustee Profile: Bruce Newman; alumni alphabet (Han-guel) as a decorative motif
Magsaysay Ho; fashion designers Andy Suzanna Simor, Betsy and Ted Lewin, painted on 40,000 aluminum panels. For more
and Debb; and film maker Isaac Kerlow. and Berti Jones reveal why they have about the artist, see pages 10 and 22.
Photo by Jungyul Lee
32 New and Noteworthy given to Pratt.
38 ryerson Walk 48 special events For past issues of Prattfolio,
President Schutte honored; Pratt named 50 alumni News visit www.pratt.edu/prattfolio
among top green colleges; Vogue editors,
renowned architects speak at Pratt; 53 Class Notes
students exhibit chair designs in Germany; 59 Obituaries
MTV star attends Pratt; and more.
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Pratt PEoPlE PRATT PeOPLe
Dr. Farideh tehrani
CourTesy of John robshaw
M.S. library and information Science ’76
Preservation and Middle Eastern Studies librarian at Rutgers University
libraries, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Photographed in the Alexander
library at Rutgers University.
What inspired you to become a librarian?
We had no school library in my hometown, Shiraz, and books at
home were not for children to touch for fear they might be
damaged. So I found my source of happiness in Beladi Bookstore,
where I spent all my allowance renting books, bound magazines,
and journals. Three years ago I visited my hometown for the first
time in 32 years. Mr. Beladi was the first one on my list to visit, and
to my surprise he remembered me. I told him how important he
was to my growing up.
My love of books stayed with me, and in my first year of college at
Pahlavi [now Shiraz] University, I volunteered to work at a hospital
library; its small patients’ library next to the medical library became
my little heaven, and the American medical librarian there became
my role model.
Why did you choose pratt to study library science?
I met the dean of the School of Information and Library (SILS)
at an international conference in Europe in 1970 and the rest is
as pratt’s first Iranian student, did you find much interest in your
M.f.A. Painting ’92 homeland among your SILS classmates?
owner of John Robshaw Textiles, a New York-based company founded in 2001 to reinterpret traditional craft techniques Yes, I felt warmly welcomed and was constantly asked, ‘do you
from Southeast Asia, with textiles carried by 400 stores nationwide, by an online store, and by the Home Shopping Network. have this or that in your country?’ or whether we have camels in
Photographed at his country home in Kent, Connecticut. the street. In a matter of three years, there were 12 Iranian students
at SILS. Forty years have passed, and I still believe that Pratt
Institute with its friendly atmosphere was the best thing that
What took you to India in the first place? Were any pratt professors especially helpful?
ever happened to me.
I was a “sequin mule” for a friend of a Pratt professor who had a Juan Downey, my video professor, opened my eyes to different
company in Bombay that made sequined runway dresses for ways of looking at the world. I also had some great painting The American public later learned about Iran through the nightly
fashion companies in New York. I would pick up patterns in professors looking at my paintings in unusual ways. news coverage of the hostage crisis [1979–1981]. As painful as the
New York, then stop in Paris for sequins, drop the sequins in story was, I felt it was not about the real Iran and its people. I think
Bombay, and tour India for 10 days before coming back to pick Your success derives in part from your artistic ability to adapt of Iran’s 7,000 years of history and civilization, in light of which the
up the amazing hand-sequined dresses that had been made up South asian style. How do you modernize ancient motifs, last 30 years is only a temporary crisis.
in the interim for the fashion shows in New York. That’s when I materials, and techniques?
By looking at them from a painter’s eye. Color, form, scale, and Does your position as rutgers’ librarian in charge of
really fell for India. I was in art school making things all day;
the history of the design all interest me and push me to come up preservation and Middle Eastern Studies owe anything to your
then I went to India and saw the Indians doing the same. One
with new materials and techniques for making textiles from persian heritage?
could run around and commission any crazy ideas, which is
printing, hand painting, and embroidery. Certainly, my background and familiarity with the culture and
perfect for an art student.
languages of the Middle East are an asset. I hope someday to realize
What influenced you the most in India? What’s your advice to creative people seeking to establish an my vision for an Institute for Iranian Studies at Rutgers, though the
India’s craft traditions, traditional textiles, and color, art-related business like yours? current economic situation has understandably affected all new
color, color. Try it! I think art school can focus only on one road to success, initiatives. My goal is to create a home-away-from-home for the
namely, the gallery route. But there are so many interesting second generation of Iranian Americans and a place to showcase
Was it difficult to switch from painting to textile design? things to do in this world that a creative person can really Iranian art, history, and 7,000 years of civilization.
No, I was already making paintings with bleach and denim and succeed in, so look outside the traditional paths and try to
using sewing machines to apply fabric swatches to my canvases, find creative solutions to making and marketing things that What is your advice to young people contemplating a career in
so I was half way there already. I had also studied printmaking you love to do. library science?
in Italy and China, which related to and informed my print Choose a profession that every morning you are eager to get to
designs in textiles. What’s the last thing you bought abroad and loved? work. After half a century in my occupation, I still can’t wait to get
Art made from recycled junk by a local street artist. to work in the morning.
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Pratt PEoPlE PRATT Pe OPLe
Jean Claude Dominique
david Lee Ling wei
B.f.A. fine Arts ’95
Artist. Photographed in his studio in West orange, New Jersey.
What prompted your family to leave Haiti?
It was a hard decision to make, but my mother considered it in
everyone’s best interest to come to the United States and start a new
life; all the while, never forgetting our native land.
Have you returned to your homeland often since you left at age 13?
No, but I’m always in touch with what’s going on in my country.
When did you first establish your identity as an artist?
I always liked drawing. In primary school in Haiti, I traced pictures
from my books and got in trouble for sketching all over my
notebooks. When I came to the United States, I joined the Boy
Scouts of America (Troop 101), where I made drawings for my patrol
and moved on to doing some paintings. This captivated me so much
that I got more involved in painting.
On what basis did you decide to attend pratt Institute?
I was doing well in my computer science studies at Hunter College
for two-and-a-half years, but I never really enjoyed it and continued
doing my artwork. When I decided to switch my major to fine arts, I
Doris Magsaysay Ho
realized that I needed to attend a well-known school for the arts. I
President and CEo, Magsaysay Group of Companies, Philippines; Chair and CEo, multimedia design firm,
resided in Brooklyn at the time, so I did not have to travel far to find
CreativesAsia; founder, CreativesAsia Singapore. Photographed in the Philippines.
what I was looking for; Pratt Institute offered everything that I
needed, and my decision became that much easier.
What role does your Filipino heritage play in your life and work? talent, and animation is a way to express it without the need for
What have been the most important influences on your work?
Having been a colony of Spain for over 300 years and the United words. My son once told me that the most wonderful thing about
My Haitian culture and music. Some of my paintings relate to the
States for over 40, the Philippines has a multi-cultural society the creative arts is that words are transcended until one
Haitian folk art tradition, especially in terms of their subject matter
underpinned with our Malay/Chinese heritage. As such, it is not communicates “heart to heart.”
and vivid use of color.
difficult for Filipinos to respond well to this amazing global era,
expressing themselves successfully as artists, musicians, business Do you have a similar vision for the Magsaysay Group of Companies?
Has January’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti affected you
executives, healthcare givers, etc. For myself, I have found it easy to What globalization requires is one standard of excellence. In
feel comfortable wherever I am. this way, being in such an international business as the maritime
There are no words to describe how I felt. Trying to contact family
industry, one needs to see the world as one market and the highest
and friends was a nightmare; seeing all the devastation on television
Does your background in art history, East asian Studies, standards as the minimum quality against which we measure
footage just left a huge void in my heart. With each passing day, the
and industrial design figure in your career? our services.
feeling got worse and worse.
My mother is a painter so she influenced me to love art and creative
expression. But my father’s passion for shipping was also extremely as recipient of the Ernst & Young Socially responsible
Can artists through their work be helpful in an international
attractive, so I ended up pursuing a career in business. I feel Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2003, can you tell us what it
extremely privileged to have had an industrial design education and means to be a socially responsible entrepreneur in the global age?
Absolutely. We can make a difference by raising awareness in the
training because it taught me how to look and listen to conditions When I was a student, I remember being anxious about whether
way we treat, convey, and record the event in our artwork, and we
and needs around a problem, how to visualize the solution, and how “survival of the fittest” meant that someone had to lose when one
can sell our work for the benefit of the victims of the disaster.
to have the courage to express an idea even if there is a possibility succeeded. I think one of the greatest ideas that came along since
What are you doing to aid Haitian earthquake survivors? that it would be knocked down. Someone told me that an education was the concept of “win, win,” and today three “wins” includes the
I have donated funds to different organizations and become like I had helps one become a lateral rather than a linear thinker, environment. In developing countries like mine, it is tempting to
involved in several exhibitions in which a majority of the sales will which businesses are realizing is a good thing. I thank my interpret corporate social responsibility as charity or donating to
benefit the victims of the earthquake. I also plan to join in the professors, Mr. Parriott, Mr. Gulotta, and Rowena Reed for that. NGOs. To me, corporate social responsibility is making inclusive
creation of a museum in Haiti to record and display the way the decisions in one’s actions, allowing other stakeholders to also
earthquake in seconds created total chaos in Haiti. How did “reaching out beyond borders and beliefs by partake in one’s success. I heard it best described as “enlightened
transforming the world into a single workplace” come self-interest,” and I try to live by that belief.
What do you most value about living in the United States? to be the vision for Creativesasia?
I value all the opportunities and doors that are open to me. The only What is most exciting about technology is that it allows a level
limitations I have are the ones that I have not ventured. playing field in the global marketplace. Filipinos have a lot of
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Pratt PEoPlE PRATT PeOPLe
seokwon andy Kim and
CourTesy of isaaC kerLow
Wonjeong Debbie Yoon
B.f.A. fashion Design ’96 and ’94
Award-winning fashion designers — and husband and wife team —
who launched their label ANDY & DEBB in Seoul in 2000. They are
well-known for designing the uniforms for McDonald’s employees in
Korea. Andy is also a judge on Project Runway Korea. Photographed
during New York fashion Week, february, 2010.
Why do you think the fashion industry in Korea is growing so
quickly and gaining so much attention?
It has always been a big industry. There are tons of fashionable
people in Korea. During the past 10 years, many international
brands have grown in Korea, so the Korean fashion industry is
getting a lot of attention. Also, more Korean fashion designers
are expanding their market globally as we are. ANDY & DEBB
started showing in Korea in 2000. Now you can find the
collection on NeimanMarcus.com.
How did you two meet, and how did your relationship evolve?
We were friends before we came to New York to go to Pratt. We
met in Korea as classmates at the language school. It may not
have been “love at first sight,” but rather a long-term friendship-
turned-romance. We dated all through college. Then, while I
was preparing the graduation fashion show, Andy asked me
what I was going to do after graduation. I said I wanted to gain
work experience then start my own boutique. He asked if we
could do it together. We still have tension in a good way as
friends, partners, lovers, husband and wife, and as parents of two.
M.S. Communications Design ’83
What was your experience like at pratt and how did it help you Artist-in-residence at Earth observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University; former Pratt professor and founding chair, Department of Computer
achieve your success? Graphics and interactive Media. Photographed on the island of luzon in the Philippines, near the Mayon volcano.
We liked the artistic mood of Pratt’s campus. There were always
exhibits everywhere. During the winter, sculpture majors would Describe your first documentary, People-Coral-Mentawai and how Describe the documentary you and the Earth Observatory scientists
carve snow blocks outside. Even as fashion design majors, we the scientists featured in the film may help predict earthquakes. are currently working on in the philippines.
were always stimulated by the fine arts. Now at ANDY & DEBB, Earthquake research in the Mentawai Islands is uncovering the Mayon: The Volcano Princess is about the people who live around
we often collaborate with fine artists. cyclical nature of earthquakes and tsunamis in Southeast Asia. the Mayon Volcano, the most active and destructive volcano in
People-Coral-Mentawai shows how scientists extract information the Philippines.
How did andy get to be a judge on Project Runway Korea, and from coral reefs, allowing them to build a timeline of earthquakes
what has it meant for the success and popularity of aNDY & going back several centuries. The deadly 2004 earthquake and What do you bring to documentary-making from your years of
DEBB — and for your relationship? tsunami in Indonesia had been expected, but the local governments working in animation?
After buying the program rights for Project Runway, the failed to prepare. The documentary is being distributed to schools, The basics of how you tell a story are very much the same. I have
producers asked to meet with us. They were looking for another community centers, and government agencies, and we believe it is also brought animation itself to documentaries. For the Mayon
judge, and it made sense that the person had to be a man, raising awareness. Some of the Mentawai Islands are just 80 Volcano documentary, for example, I created an animated sequence
because that was the role filled by Michael Kors in the American kilometers from Padang, the city in West Sumatra where a big based on the legend of Princess Magayon, who is believed to be
Project Runway. We never realized how powerful broadcasting earthquake is expected. buried under the volcano.
was. Our brand was already extremely popular, but we gained a
How has being an artist-in-residence and the only non-scientist at How did your experience at pratt as a student prepare you for the
whole other level of popularity after Project Runway Korea
the Earth Observatory at Singapore influenced the way you work? work you’re doing now?
became such a great hit. Andy gets mobbed in public places like
Most scientists and engineers find it easier when projects are Studying at Pratt exposed me to teachers and professionals who
airports, theaters — even at my son’s school! He did a great job
planned and executed in a methodical way. I like planning, but, as taught me a lot more than I realized at the time. Recently, while
judging and it was a good opportunity to show that we can also
any artist knows, I also discover things along the way that often have editing my documentaries, I remembered a guest lecture by a
do something wonderful without each other.
a huge influence on the final results. In my opinion that is half the professional writer and sound editor who created commercials.
Where do you see yourselves and your design work in five years? fun of being an artist. In working with scientists, I just need to make He played a commercial for the Jamaica Tourist Board. The sounds
Our dream is to make ANDY & DEBB a globally known and sure I share my discoveries as they come up. Sometimes, however, I were so powerful, you craved to go to Jamaica! In addition, graduate
worn brand. We took a big step and moved our collection to New just do my art thing, then come back to the team and find a way to students at Pratt were required to write quite a bit, and that
York two years ago. The world now is getting smaller so the make it work. At the same time, many of the researchers seem to developed my writing abilities.
origin of a designer or a brand doesn’t matter as much. appreciate the different points of view I bring to the institute.
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CourTesy of John Pai
KoreanS at Pratt: A WorlD-clASS EDUcATIoN
By Katherine Yungmee Kim
In the last three decades, South Korea’s
art and design industries have undergone a renaissance.
Emerging from the postwar and industrialization years,
Korean artists in the 1980s and 1990s blossomed as they
began to travel, study, and exhibit their works abroad.
During that time, Pratt Institute became a sought-after
destination for South Koreans, who represent the highest
New york as the center of the art and design world,
especially during the 1950s and 1960s when the rest of the
world was still recovering from the devastation of World
War II,” says Pai. “Studying in New york at Pratt was a very
During those decades, the Korean population at Pratt
was sparse. “I remember Professor Pai having an annual
party for the Korean students,” reminisces Myonggi Sul,
percentage of Pratt’s international students and alumni
today. M.S. Interior Design ’81, professor of interior design. “It was
In the early 1960s, there were only a handful of Korean possible to do so in his carriage house on Vanderbilt
students on campus. Most of them were scholars and Avenue since there were so few of us.”
administrators who came to observe Pratt’s programs to Pai, who taught at Pratt from 1963 to 2000, said that
bring their newfound methodologies back to institutions in during these convivial gatherings, which at times included
Seoul. But over the decades, mirroring the positive such notable Korean art luminaries as video artist Nam
economy in South Korea and the rise in emigration to June Paik and pianist Kun-Woo Paik, his wife would cook
America, hundreds of students enrolled at Pratt each year. authentic Korean food. “It would end up like a house
Korean Pratt alumni filled prestigious professorial posts, concert,” Pai recounts. Up until the late 1970s, all of the
advocating for their students to study at their alma mater. Korean students had dinner at his home as the students
As more Pratt alumni became prominent figures in the left Korea for Brooklyn armed with his name and address.
growing art and design-driven industries in South Korea, “We knew everybody,” he recalls. “But somewhere in the
Pratt’s reputation grew. Koreans now make up nearly half 1980s, there was just an explosion of students coming from
the international student body and 25 percent of the Korea. It became impossible to know everybody.”
Institute’s international alumni.
ThE IMPorTANcE oF BEINg EDUcATED
ThE EArly yEArS Boasting a literacy rate of near 100 percent, South
Professor Emeritus and first Korean faculty member Korea—with its inherent confucian value of learning—has
John Pai, B.I.D. ’62, M.F.A. ’64, was one of only two Korean one of the highest education rates in the world. South
students on campus when he arrived at Pratt in 1958. In the Korea is now the world’s 13th largest economy, largely
1960s and 1970s, the numbers of Korean students because of its well-educated populace.
increased—but only slightly—with the establishment of an The rise of the middle class in the latter half of the
informal exchange program with Seoul National University century, the country’s global business expansion, and the
and hongik University, two top universities in Korea. Faculty cutthroat college entrance exams fueled the study abroad
and administrators came to Pratt under Fulbright and movement. high-tech sector growth in the last 20 years—
rockefeller Foundation scholarships to observe and learn South Korea is considered one of the most wired
teaching methods. countries—has only further increased the interest in enrolling
It was a particularly enlightening time to be at Pratt for at top universities to learn advanced technologies or design
these students. “I can’t overemphasize the importance of and to bring the knowledge back home.
Professor emeritus John Pai's In Whose Image from the upcoming show, “floating hours: Moon is the oldest Clock,”
at the national Museum of Contemporary art in deoksugung Palace in seoul
CourTesy of John Pai
With over 1,050 South Korean alumni, there is a strong network influencing
students to attend Pratt for overseas studies. According to Katharine Jungah
Kim, B.F.A. Film and Video ’86, cEo of cJ Entertainment, the largest
entertainment company in Korea, Pratt alumni in South Korea have reunions
twice a year. Kim, chair of the Korean Pratt Alumni Association, explains that
the group’s main goal is to contribute to Pratt’s development, as well as to
share and exchange information in their specialized areas. There are many
privately held exhibitions, and the last Pratt alumni show was “Brooklyn Express”
at the Kwanhoon gallery in 2008.
young J. hah, M.F.A. ’00, M.P.S. Arts and cultural Management ’04, who is
Pratt’s graduate and international admissions director, travels to South Korea
every other year to meet with prospective students. “Pratt has an excellent
reputation in Korea,” she says. She explains that college admissions in Korea is
“I hAVE No DoUBT, very competitive and only a small number of schools are considered prestigious,
ThAT ThESE STUDENTS prompting many students to study abroad.
“Every time I go back, I am more impressed at how much more global and
WIll lATEr oN BE AN well-versed the students are than from my previous visit. They are smarter,
IMPorTANT PArT oF more independent and well spoken in Korean and English. Their work is
becoming more diverse and reflective of their personalities.”
ThE ArT AND DESIgN “I have no doubt,” hah, who also is a visiting assistant professor in Arts and
INDUSTrIES IN KorEA IN cultural Management, adds, “that these students will later on be an important
part of the art and design industries in Korea in many ways.”
— young hah, M.F.A. ’00, M.P.S. Arts Seoul, with its population of over 10 million, is in the midst of a major
and cultural Management ’04 transformation with its new mayor, Se-hoon oh, at the helm. retaining its
ancient beauty while promoting its modern high-tech infrastructure, Seoul is
working to build its reputation as a creative city. As the 2010 World Design
capital, organizers of the Seoul Design Fair are expecting millions of visitors.
Scheduled to open in 2011, the 115,000-meter Dongdaemun Design Plaza and
Park, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha hadid, will house a
design museum, library, and educational facilities in the center of Seoul.
All of this prompted The New York Times earlier this year to declare: “Forget
CourTesy: debbie han
Tokyo. Design aficionados are now heading to Seoul.”
There are 30,000 design students graduating in Korea every year, and
Korean companies now have chief design officers sitting alongside the cEos.
Mayor oh believes that design and design-related industries are Korea’s key to
economic growth. This policy, dubbed “culturenomics,” focuses on creating
well-designed products that are distinctly Korean to expand international
Myoung oak Kim, M.S. Interior Design ’82, is involved in the revitalization of
the Samchong-dong area, a historical neighborhood of traditional tile-roofed
houses that now boasts art galleries and high-end restaurants. “Nowadays,
Seoul is undergoing urban regeneration through culturenomics,” Kim, professor
at Duksung Women’s University, explains. “Finding our cultural resources
vitalizes the city and its economy. Art and design are the essential elements for
Seoul to be a competitive city.”
The art movement in Korea has also expanded rapidly. Debbie han, M.F.A.
New Forms ’99, has worked in Seoul as a full-time artist for the last six years.
her photography and sculpture, such as her ceramic piece Terms of Beauty that
reconstructs Venus de Milo’s face into ethnically and racially different features,
explores themes of identity, beauty, and perception. She arrived in Seoul in
2003 for a museum residency as an American artist when there were only two
such programs in Korea. Today there are over 20. The gyeonggi Museum of
debbie han, M.f.a. new forms, ’99, a Modern Art, where she did an international residency last year, hosted the res
Artis International conference for the first time in Asia. John Pai's recent commission for the seoul institute of the arts in ansan, korea, Notes from the Stars, is his tallest piece at 31 feet.
korean american artist working in seoul
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CourTesy of ik-Joong kang
CourTesy of debbie yoon
“WE collABorATED WITh KorEAN TrADITIoNAl
PAINTEr o-hyUN gWoN To rEVEAl ThE
MAgNIFIED TExTUrE oF BUTTErFly WINgS.”
— Wonjeong Debbie yoon, B.F.A. Fashion Design ’94
There were 327 Korean students on the Pratt campus
during the 2009–2010 academic year and last fall there
were 148 Korean applicants to graduate programs alone.
communications Design, Fine Arts, and Interior Design are
among the most popular fields among Korean applicants
and there is now an official exchange program with the
Korean National University of the Arts. Additionally, there
are two Korean graduates of the School of Architecture—
young Woo, B.Arch. ’80, and young ho Kim, B.Arch. ’71
—who serve on the Board of Trustees.
According to Kim, his father herman hyung Nam Kim,
B.S. chem. Eng. ’28, is believed to be the first Korean
alumnus of Pratt. At the time, herman Kim was able to
learn more at Pratt as an undergraduate than he was able
to in the chemistry graduate programs in Korea. The elder
Kim also received an honorary doctorate in 1966. on his
The interior of the korean Pavilion at the expo 2010 shanghai, China, features 40,000 art panels by ik-Joong kang, M.f.a. fine arts ’88.
father’s recommendation, young ho Kim met with the
dean of Pratt’s School of Architecture who visited Korea in
the mid-1960s. he later enrolled and became the first
“The art world here has gone through many positive “very picky and always looking for something fresh, Korean legacy student at Pratt. In 1987, the younger Kim
changes,” han says. “Korean artists are very skilled and something they’ve never tried before.” Korean art, he says, also received an honorary doctorate.
hard-working and are slowly gaining exposure in the will follow a similar global trajectory that chinese artists Drawn by the school’s outstanding reputation, the
international art scene. Many museums and organizations have recently enjoyed. Korean alums also cite Pratt’s academics, intimacy, and
in the West seem to be introducing Korean contemporary “As long as we are open and willing to climb the highest location. Wonjeong Debbie yoon, B.F.A. Fashion Design
art for the first time.” mountain, we should not be afraid of being storytellers,” ’94, of the fashion label ANDy&DEBB, says, “Pratt has a
In 2009, the los Angeles county Museum of Art Kang advises thoughtfully, “so that one day we may tell our unique artistic environment, with a beautiful campus that
exhibited “your Bright Future: 12 contemporary Artists friends in the village what we saw at the summit.” seems less commercial.” She attributes much of her label’s
from Korea.” lynn Zelevansky, B.F.A. ’71, now the henry J. ethereally feminine creations to her “fine-art driven mood”
heinz II director of the carnegie Museum of Art, curated and coursework during her Pratt years. “history of Art was
the lAcMA show that was co-organized with the Museum a tough challenge, but I loved it,” she says. “As a result, I
CourTesy of ik-Joong kang
of Fine Arts, houston, and attributes the recent popularity often get my design themes from art.”
of contemporary Korean art to the economic viability of The fine arts reputation attracted Katharine Kim to
Koreans and their eagerness for exposure. “They started Pratt, who found her freshman year Foundation courses to
traveling and almost immediately clicked into international revolutionize her thinking. “They were extraordinary,
trends and then started to take part in the creation of especially in the way they enhanced my ability to see and
them,” she observes. feel things differently.” She studied Film and Video, and
Another Korean Pratt alumnus who has found claims that her junior year internship worked as a bridge to
tremendous international success is Ik-Joong Kang, M.F.A. her first real job. “It really lead me to be where I am right
Fine Arts ’88. Since being awarded the Special Merit Award now,” she says, regarding her role as the first female cEo—
at the 47th Venice Biennale, Kang is one of Korea’s most and head of the international business division—of South
renowned contemporary artists. he was commissioned in Korea’s largest movie company.
2008 by the Korean government to decorate the Kwang Kitai Park, graduate communications Design ’81,
hwa Mun gate, a symbol of national reunification that leads professor of environmental design at yonsei University
into the gyeongbok Palace. This year, his work that and founder of the eponymous Kitai Park Design
incorporates Han-geul, the Korean alphabet, is represented Associates, one of the top design firms in Seoul, also
at the Korean Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai, china. recalls his learning experience in the Pratt classroom. In
The aluminum panels are composed of art pixels incorporating a celadon dress from the “butterfly” fall/winter 2009 particular, he was inspired by typography, which was a
Kang speaks of the Korean art boom and compares the
Han-geul, the korean alphabet, a recurring motif in ik-Joong kang's art. andy&debb Collection
international art audience to restaurant goers, who are completely new field for him, one that taught him how to
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NeeD PHOtO CreDIt
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By Katherine Yungmee Kim
CourTesy of PaT MadeJa
Pratt designer aram Moon, b.f.a. ’10, displaying her work on
Tatiana Pages of y&r ny, juror for the senior Jewelry show
herman hyung nam kim, fourth from left, on Pratt's brooklyn campus after receiving kim's son, Pratt Trustee young ho kim, hye yeon Park, who studied jewelry design at Pratt and
an honorary degree in 1966. he graduated from Pratt in 1928 and is believed to be b.arch. ’71, after receiving an honorary graduated this past May, writes in her artist’s statement:
Pratt's first korean alumnus. degree from Pratt in 1987 “living in New york made me realize how small my native
country is. Wanting to further explore my roots, I began to
research Korean culture and history. I found the
mountaintop environment surrounding [Korean]
“FAMIlIES PUT EDUcATIoN FIrST. yoU SEE AN AMAZINg VITAlITy IN KorEA architecture to be extremely moving … quiet, but visually
NoW AND ThAT ENErgy coNTINUED ThroUgh PrATT.” — John Pai, B.I.D. ’62, M.F.A. ’64 stimulating, whimsical, and vivid.”
In creating her jewelry, Park uses pigments found on
Hello Mr. X by 1st Prize rekha-Leigh Punch alumna award
winner aram Moon, b.f.a. ’10
Buddhist temples, as well as rice paper, wood, and yellow
ochre in making her necklaces, brooches, and bracelets.
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COurtesY Pat MaDeJa
represent his work with nuances of quality, emotion, and administrators in turn find the Korean students to be
Park is one of nine South Koreans out of 16 jewelry design
identity, and strategy. Park, who was the Korean Pratt hard working and skilled, with an eagerness to learn. graduates this year. The number of South Koreans
Alumni Association chair from 1998 to 2000, was also This work ethic and sacrifice for education is inherent in concentrating in jewelry and metalsmithing within the
inspired by a seminar that brought in speakers from the the Korean culture. Pai cites an epiphany he had during a Department of Fine Arts varies from year to year, but in
Metropolitan opera and The New York Times. “They trip to Korea in the early 1960s, when Korea was still a 2010–2011 South Koreans will again make up more than half
motivated me,” he says, “to change and broaden my struggling nation. “Anyone with a tool, with a pair of pliers, of the graduating class. This year, the top four 2010 Senior
perspective about different expressions in the delivery of was making something,” he comments. “Families put Jewelry Awards were bestowed upon Korean students.
art and design to the public.” education first.” People who weren’t artists still held the Professor Patricia Madeja, who runs the jewelry program,
says that the Korean students bring cultural, stylistic, and
compared to some of the methodologies taught in fine arts and music in high regard. “you see an amazing
design differences to the studio. “They talk a lot about
Korea, there is an openness and directness to the vitality in Korea now,” Pai observes, an energy that he
beauty and nature,” explains Madeja, who comments that
communication with the Pratt faculty. John Pai explains believes came from decades of enduring the Japanese sometimes the students are criticized for aesthetics, such as
that “the teaching and learning environment was a occupation. certain shapes and flowers, that are ubiquitous in South
refreshing alternative to what they have in Korea and even “And that energy continued through Pratt,” Pai says “A Korea. hye yeon Park, b.f.a. ’10, says her Rice Paper
Necklace #2 sounds like stepping on dried leaves
compared to some of the schools in America.” Students small window through which a love of education, science, “We’re asking them to push their boundaries,” says
around ancient korean structures.
feel invited to question more and to be honest. Professors and the fine aspects of culture can be seen.” P Madeja. “In their culture, they’re not asked to think outside of
the box.” She says that the students have discussed
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NeeD PHOtO CreDIt
difficulties at home explaining their artistic endeavors to
their families. They explained that jewelry is not often
regarded as art or design there, and this struggle is
heightened as the students bump up against cultural norms
International Enrollment at Pratt and traditions.
Miok yoo, winner of the Jewelers resource Award, the
Year Total Total Students Third Prize in the 2010 Senior Jewelry Awards, took the job
International Students Students from South Korea to task with her brooches that examine the cellular structure
of leaves. Pratt President Thomas Schutte and his wife, Tess,
2010 751 327 found yoo’s work so captivating that they handpicked one
2009 850 356 of her pieces to purchase.
This year’s jewelry majors felt especially unified and the
2008 857 428 students have been recognized with invitations to show
their work, acceptances to graduate schools, and lots of
2007 780 385
media attention, according to Madeja. “The group really The work of hyun Ji kim, b.f.a. ’10, is based
2006 784 379 pushed each other and decided they were going out on a on a fusion of art nouveau and traditional korean
limb whether their parents approved or not.” minhwa painting.
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Processor for Lab on a Chip
Lab on a chiP
Designers from Pratt’s Design incubator for Sustainable
innovation have helped create a device that could revolutionize how
quickly people in remote areas of the developing world get tested
Lab on a chip was conceived by columbia university molecular
biologist Dr. Sam Sia. the “lab” itself is a chip about the size of a credit
card that can analyze a drop of blood and determine within 20
minutes, whether someone has hiV or syphilis.
When Sia invented the chip, he realized he would need industrial
designers to create a processor for it. “We initially approached the
incubator because we really believed in the value of industrial design
even from the very early stages of development,” says Sia. he asked
incubator designers to come up with a hand-held device that would Top: wai wai weaver aiyo; bottom left to right: sara Mcbeen, ivey Lian,
sahar ghaheri, all M.i.d. ’11, work with Liana Cane factory employee
create a vacuum reaction and enable a blood sample to be pulled
wahlo. at far right, weaving local materials
across the card and bind with the antibodies and antigens to show
results. it would also protect the chip.
Debera johnson, director of the incubator and also Pratt Guyana Project
institute’s academic director of sustainability, assembled designers one year ago, industrial design professor rebecca Welz
Samuel cochran, b.i.D. ’05, Kevin Mcelroy, b.i.D. ’07, Samantha took 11 students to the South American country of guyana
razook Murphy, and anhdao nguyen, b.i.D. ’09. to work at the liana cane factory owned by a well-known
BEgINNINg AT PrATT...
johnson connected that team to the new york city-based female entrepreneur and social activist. The chairs, ham-
industrial design firm Smart Design, which dedicated designers eric mocks, and other goods manufactured in the factory
Freitag and jonathan cedar to the Lab on a chip project. are made from sustainably harvested rainforest materials.
chANgINg ThE WorlD the team agreed: they had to investigate the conditions in
rwanda that would impact use of the Lab on a chip in africa.
Members of the Pratt incubator team traveled to rwanda, including
“As designers, I feel it’s important to think about the
rest of the world,” says Welz. “Most of what we design is
for such a small percentage of the world, and I wanted my
By ABIgAIl BEShKIN Samuel cochran, who says the team learned almost everything they students to think about designing for the other 90%, the
needed to in the field. people who barely have access to food and water. I also
“once we were going from clinic to clinic, we saw how access to wanted them to think about this project as a cultural
Liana Cane employee Carla de santo and Pratt graduate
electricity was sometimes unpredictable. We witnessed how most of exchange and collaboration.”
industrial design student ivey Lian, M.i.d. ’11
the clinics lacked windows, allowing dust, water, and other elements in.
ThE PrATT INSTITUTE cAMPUS IS 25 AcrES IN ThE hEArT oF
We were able to take that all back to the design table,” says cochran.
the result was that the final design focused on integrating a
“in the tradition of Pratt
BrooKlyN. WAlK AcroSS ThE IDyllIc cAMPUS AND ThroUgh lever into the front of the apparatus. it not only opens up and allows industrial design, we really
the user to put the chip in, it also starts the mechanism that draws
Th E S c U lP T U r E g A rD E N , AND IT’S EASy To Fo rgE T ThAT the blood along the chip to give the results. in addition, it protects
stretched the limit, and came
the chip from dust. up with totally new ideas and
WorlD-chANgINg IDEAS ArE BEINg coNcEIVED IN BUIlDINgS the focus of the design is on the front, with a simple button and
a light that flashes “yes” or “no” depending on whether the test is ways to work with the materials.”
JUST A FEW FEET AWAy. positive or negative. the device looks simple and approachable, yet —Professor rebecca Welz
it looks credible, which is crucial if people are to believe the test results.
These ideas will become designs that will have life-changing impacts on the health, lives, and well-being
anthony Dibitonto, M.i.D. ’95 and a partner at Smart Design, says For 10 days, Welz and her students worked closely with
of millions of people across the globe. The changes will be felt from the most rural sections of Africa, to he was glad to have his company team up with his alma mater. liana cane’s artisan workers, and the region’s indigenous Wai
high-tech cities in china. These designs by Pratt professors, students, and alumni could revolutionize the “this project was a great social mission,” he says. “and Pratt is a great Wai weavers. They learned to work with the kufa vine, and
way diagnoses are made and healthcare is delivered; they may alter the way children play and adults relax. learning institution. What people from Pratt bring to design is this watched as the weavers deftly wove nibbi and mukra into
great tradition of education. For us it’s really important to contribute seats and lighting. They worked until the daylight disap-
Many of the designs are still in the early stages, but they are undoubtedly the future.
to the growth of that too.” peared since electric lighting was scanty in the liana factory.
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MiLLenniuM ViLLaGeS pages that needed to be pared down in opportunities for designers to work
terms of content, and it had to be on world-changing projects that keep
coMMunity heaLth communicated in a way that people them connected to their hearts,” says
WorKer ProGraM could understand,” says Julia Frydman Johnson. “We are connecting design
of the Earth Institute’s center for global to people in the field, working with
The Millennium Villages project is an health and Economic Development. communities, literally changing lives—
initiative headed by the columbia Earth “A lot of the medical experts were and our designers get to be a part of
Institute at columbia University, the convinced it couldn’t be done,” Johnson making it happen. Besides,” Johnson
Millennium Promise, and the United remembers. “But once they saw our adds, “how cool is it when an under-
Nations Development Programme to first design, the group was galvanized.” graduate student gets to say she was
help 14 villages in 10 African countries This was the most exciting moment of one of the lead designers on a project
take sustainable steps toward pulling the project for Johnson. “It was reward- that is going to impact over a half a
themselves out of poverty. ing to watch a group of skeptics million people’s access to healthcare?”
one key component of Millennium change their opinion in response to the
Villages is the community health Incubator’s clear and simple design.”
robbie PaTriCk and sara dierCk
robbie PaTriCk and sara dierCk
Worker Program, which trains people in
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The first iteration was a field toolkit/
basic medical skills, including treating manual for the healthcare workers and
malaria, checking children for malnutri- a trainer-to-trainer manual. The illustra-
tion, and teaching mothers to care for tions, charts and decision-making trees,
newborns. and step-by-step instructions are
For years, each group trained their designed to visually reinforce the
health workers differently. Millennium diagnostic process. The graphics are
“it was rewarding to watch a group of
skeptics change their opinion in response
to the incubator’s clear and simple design.”
—Pratt Academic Sustainability Director Deb Johnson
Villages set out to standardize the designed to convert easily onto a
process and introduce available tech- mobile phone platform. Johnson spent
nology. So what does that have to do a week in ruhira, Uganda, getting
with design? Everything. feedback and working alongside the
That’s where Pratt’s Design Incuba- healthcare workers. “one of the key illustrations for the training manual
for the Millennium villages Community
tor for Sustainable Innovation came in. takeaways was the importance of
health worker program
Debera Johnson, director of the designing in co-creation in the field.
Incubator and Pratt’s academic director Each area was going to have its own set
of sustainability, organized a “design of local myths, stigmas, and attitudes,”
Top row: L-r, Professor rebecca welz, Mike Jozewicz, Liana Cane factory employee bebe works with eve fisher, b.i.d. ’10
jam” to look at how to create tools for Johnson says. “Those would have to be
bottom row: L-r, Knot by Catherine Merrick, Hand in Hand by heléne kenny, Undergrowth by heléne kenny
the community health care workers. integrated into the training.”
She pulled together a diverse group of The graphic design was done by a
“In the tradition of Pratt industrial design, we really help the economy of the workers and contribute to the economy 40 designers and experts in healthcare team of seven students, led by carolyn
stretched the limit, and came up with totally new ideas and in the larger sense, as well as to the green initiative.” and mobile technology, as well as Schaberle, M.I.D. ’09, and Mary Khoun, a
ways to work with the materials,” says Welz. “And the liana medical practitioners. sophomore in the industrial design
cane workers were not used to what we were doing either. The group explored the “day in the program. “There were a massive
Although it was very hard work, I think they enjoyed seeing life” experience of a community heath number of illustrations to be done,” says
how we were stretching the limits.” care worker, then looked for opportuni- Johnson, “so I called everyone I knew
At the end of the their stay, the students also met with “i wanted my students ties where design could make their who could draw and asked them to
work more effective. They also consid- help.” The result—35 volunteer illustra-
guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo who has made environ-
mental initiatives a focus of his presidency.
to think about designing ered the integration of mobile tors, mostly Pratt alumni and faculty,
In their 10 days in guyana, the group produced almost for the other 90%, the technology and opportunities for who did close to 1,000 drawings in
two-dozen pieces. They exhibited them in conjunction with community engagement. They pre- about a month.
the 2010 International contemporary Furniture Fair (IcFF) at people who barely have sented the concepts, then the core Johnson says the work on the
team went to work to design a proto- Millennium Villages community health
a show called “Model citizens.”
Welz says she hopes this furniture will eventually gain notice.
access to food and water.” type to present to the Earth Institute. Worker Program manuals typifies the
“We want to provide orders for the factory and we feel that will —Professor rebecca Welz “We literally had thousands of incubator’s mission. “My goal is to find
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renderings for the “ribbon of Movement” park in Liuzhou, China
urban MoVeMent DeSiGn
robyne Kassen, M. Arch. ’05, and Sarah gluck, M. The monkey bar bike racks also doubled as stretching
Arch. begun in 2002, met at Pratt’s graduate School of mechanisms for before and after the athletes’ workouts,
Architecture and recognized their shared passion enabling the overworked athletes to get in more play
immediately. time, while the structures along the core connector, which
“We were both investigating the body in architecture is still under construction, will be ideal places for Whistler
and design. We were asking the questions: ‘how do you residents to stretch and relax.
design for the body?’ ‘how does it interact with space?’” “our designs had to be inclusive of ‘extreme athletes’
says gluck. who, like New yorkers, overwork their ‘stress response’
gluck and Kassen continue to ask—and answer—these and do maintain a proper balance with the rest they
questions at their New york-based company Urban need to nourish and balance the para-sympathetic
Movement Design, which designs interiors, furniture, and nervous system. At the same time, we also had to
public infrastructure to mirror and inspire the way people design for everyday inhabitants, including moms
naturally move. "how do we design in order to help with strollers, office workers, and the everyday athletes
people draw out the body in healthful ways?” says who live there.”
Kassen. “healthy movement and relaxation ultimately Now, Kassen and gluck have another international
lead to reduced health care costs; they energize people.” project underway. They designed what they call a “ribbon
Urban Movement Design recently completed two of movement” for a public park that is part of a new
international projects. one that received significant development in the southern chinese city liuzhou.
attention was the Whistler olympic Village project, for The 14 structures in a 30,000-square-foot park “pop
which they designed three bus shelters, benches, a
“core connector” pathway, and 11 bike racks for the “We were both investigating the
Athletes Village in Whistler, British columbia, for the
2010 Winter olympics. body in architecture and design.
They knew right away these would not just be any bus
shelters, paths, benches, and bike racks. These would
We were asking the questions:
have to get people moving, playing, and resting. ‘how do you design for the body?”
gluck is an expert in movement and kinesthetics, also
teaching yoga and Pilates, who specializes in people with
trauma and disabilities. The Whistler project was a perfect in and out of the landscape and provide spaces for rest or
opportunity for Urban Movement Design to launch its platforms to eat with friends,” explains gluck.
interdisciplinary designs into the built world. Visitors have opportunities to stretch, since one
“high performance athletes are a special population,” structure allows a user to stretch into a deep lunge
says gluck. “All the athletes were overworking, so it was position, while another lets the user open his or her
important that in these bus shelters we provided the one shoulder girdle. Still another lets people rest in zero
thing they were not getting—rest.” gravity position, taking weight off the spine by holding
gluck and Kassen designed the bus shelters with the legs.
seats that enabled the athletes to rest in healthy positions The park is under construction and is expected to be
with proper alignment. And, since the Athletes Village is completed this year.
expected eventually to be turned into a residential “We have a big vision,” says Kassen. “We believe
neighborhood, the infrastructure for health is designed strongly that there is a divide between the way people
for all. The shelters include spaces for wheelchairs, as well are living internally and externally, and design of public Top: bike racks in the athletes village, whistler, british Columbia, 2010 winter olympics. at center, urban Movement design’s sarah gluck
as gondola seating—higher seats more comfortable for spaces can be a reflection and a healing opportunity.” P bottom: bus shelter in the athletes village, whistler, british Columbia, 2010 winter olympics
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PASSPORT TO CREATIVITY
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ThE TrUISM ThAT ArT TrANScENDS NATIoNAl BoUNDArIES NoW APPlIES To MANy
PrATT AlUMNI AND STUDENTS AS WEll. TrAVEl hAS INSPIrED SoME oF hISTory’S
grEATEST ArTISTS, AND ThE ArTWorKS FEATUrED hErE, cUllED FroM MANy FINE
SUBMISSIoNS, coNFIrM ThAT SEEINg ThE WorlD IS STIll oNE oF ThE grEAT
ENTIcEMENTS To crEATIVITy. WhEThEr ASSIMIlATINg WorKS oF ArT ThAT hAVE STooD
ThE TEST oF TIME or ABSorBINg ThE WAyS oF ANoThEr cUlTUrE, PrATT ArTISTS VIEW
ThE WorlD WITh cUrIoUS EyES, rEcorDINg ThEIr JoUrNEyS oF DIScoVEry IN
SoArINg FlIghTS oF ThE IMAgINATIoN. compiled by Adrienne gyongy
effie halivopoulou, Sandglass Bending, 2009, acrylic,
photos and resins on paper, 78 x 53.5 inches.
Sandglass Bending is a collage that overlaps different
elements such as paint drippings, biological maps, enlarged
blood cells, and photos of the human brain to reference the
human body. These are organized around two wide white
lines that represent the distorted contour of a sandglass, as it
bends to measure time. By combining visual ideas about
biotechnology issues with linguistic codes as well as
alphabets taken from ancient greek culture, the artist shows
that different realities coexist in constant flow. halivopoulou,
ik-Joong kang, Amazed World, 2001-2002, installation of 34,000 children’s pictures from 132 countries, commissioned by the republic of who lives in Athens, has been teaching and exhibiting her
korea in association with the united nations Children’s fund and shown at the united nations, n.y. work internationally for more than two decades. Since 2007,
she has been coordinator of the Visual Arts Program at
DErEE, The American college of greece.
M.F.A. Fine Arts ’88
A native of South Korea, Kang moved to Brooklyn in 1984 to attend Pratt, where he began painting on portable 3x3 Sarah Shaw
inch canvases during his two-hour subway commutes to his various part-time jobs. By 1994, he was financially able B.F.A. Art and Design Education/Painting ’10
to work full time on his art, and to this day continues to make the small canvases. currently, he has painted over Shaw expresses her fascination with travel, migration, and
200,000 paintings, utilizing them in many of his installations. diverse cultures through work that depicts geographic
For Amazed World—a project based on the artist’s belief that “we are all connected”—Kang invited 34,000 children imagery from an aerial viewpoint. She has lived and studied
to send in their drawings by giving them a specific format and theme, “My Dream.” he then had each drawing abroad in cuzco, Peru (the inspiration for this map) and
mounted on one of his signature 3x3 inch wooden blocks, forming a gigantic maze installation displayed in the lobby through Pratt’s exchange program at the Korea National
of the United Nations building in 2001. he has currently collected over 500,000 children’s “dreams” from 149 countries University of Arts, where this work was displayed in a 2009
and, with this theme, has completed and donated many public projects around the world. exhibition, titled “37"36'07.68" N-127"03'29.63."” In this
Kang has exhibited worldwide in prestigious venues, including two shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art. map, Shaw created layers by adding and subtracting paint,
he represented Korea at the 1997 Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Special Merit Prize. recently, Kang as well as by drawing, sewing, and adding paper, ink, fabric,
sarah shaw, Map of Cuzco, Peru, 2009, acrylic and collage on and gel to the canvas. Shaw’s immediate plans include
covered the entire Korean Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo with the Korean alphabet on 40,000 aluminum panels canvas, 21 x 68 inches.
painted in bright Korean traditional colors. Ik-Joong Kang lives and works in New york city. living and teaching abroad.
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M.F.A. New Forms ’99
It took han two years to complete Seated
Three Graces, a work that challenges the
standardized Eurocentric canon of beauty. her
method was to photograph bodies of actual,
present-day Asian women and combine them
with typically Western classical heads, por-
traying the women as seated marble statues in
a classical pose. To generate the marble-like
skin texture of each figure, han applied a
painstakingly meticulous digital rendering
process, giving it the illusion of sculpture.
Seated Three Graces won han the 2009
Sovereign Asian Art Prize ($25,000). The
dissonance between head and body reflects
the clashes of tradition and westernization in
Asia today, as interpreted by the Korean
American artist when she returned to her
native Korea six years ago. currently, han is a
debbie han, Seated Three Graces, 2009, Lightjet print, aluminum, acrylic, 63 x 92.5 inches. full-time artist in Seoul.
susann Minton, Last Night of the Vacation, 1990, oil on canvas, 52 x 76 inches.
Jennifer dodson, I Was Born at the Bottom of
CourTesy of The arTisT. reProduCed by PerMission
a Wishing Well, 2009, ink, 22 x 30 inches.
M.F.A. Painting ’75 Jennifer Dodson
In this spirited scene of vacation revelers partying dockside, lanterns spin in B.F.A. Painting ’10
the wind under a darkening sky. Minton’s paintings capture memories and This drawing was inspired by a weekend
images from her childhood, growing up on several military bases in the visit to Florence during Dodson’s first
caribbean and traveling in hawaii, cuba, and the Dominican republic. After experience abroad as a student in the
moving often between countries, cultures, and climates, Minton in later life 2009 Pratt in Venice summer program. In
found painting similar to travel in expressing a desire to be taken out of the the Piazza Santissima Annunziata she
familiar and transported to a novel world. In adulthood, the remembrance of came upon an oxidized bronze fountain (c.
her travels sparked Minton’s creativity in merging scenes from her earlier years 1640) by Pietro Tacca, chief apprentice to
with the ever-changing vistas of the present time. She lived and worked in giambologna. Its grotesque appearance
Brooklyn, near Prospect Park and passed away on June 27, 2006. fascinated her. She drew it with a ballpoint
pen, imaginatively relocating it to a place
that looks out towards the Ponte Vecchio
and the Arno river, giving the gargoyle the
greater prominence she felt it deserved.
Dodson, who also goes by the pseudonym
“odetta Dangerfield,” hopes to pursue a
career in art therapy.
B.F.A. Painting ’07
Middleton set up her easel outside of the
chiesa di San Moisè to paint this detail
from its elaborate marble façade. She was
a student in the 2005 Pratt in Venice
summer program and it was her first time
abroad. Middleton had always loved
Baroque sculpture and enjoyed figure
kathleen Migliore-newton, school of Athens, 2005, oil on linen, 55 x 44 inches.
painting and drawing from life. Painting in
the open air of Venice was especially Kathleen Migliore-Newton
exciting. Middleton recently completed a B.F.A. Painting/Printmaking ’64
program in makeup for television and As an artist and grandchild of Italian immigrants, Migliore-Newton has investigated Italian culture through art and literature.
cinema at Vancouver Film School, canada, During a visit to rome, she photographed tourists contemplating raphael’s fresco the School of Athens (1510-1511) in the
where she won the December 2009 Vatican Museum and was inspired to create her own version of this celebrated work of art. combining several photos,
Achievement Award. She is now in los Migliore-Newton juxtaposed tourists holding their cell phones and guidebooks against the famed renaissance painting. The
katie Middleton, Study of the Chiesa di San Moisè in Venice, 2005, oil on canvas,
Angeles seeking work as a makeup/special viewers’ thoughtful gestures parallel those of raphael’s philosophers, suggesting a modern-day continuum with the narrative
18 x 24 inches.
effects artist in the motion picture industry, scope of the fresco. Migliore-Newton teaches English as a Second language to adults for the New york city Department of
26 p r at t folio while she continues to do her oil paintings. Education, which places her in contact with many people and cultures of the world. 27
EMPATHY FOR CULTURE
DESIGN FOR A GLOBAL AGE
Compiled by Adrienne GyonGy photos by ArmAndo rAfAel photoGrAphy
For the second consecutive year, Pratt was among six of the world’s top design schools chosen to exhibit furniture,
lighting, tabletop, and home accessories as part of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), North
America’s singular showcase for modern design.*
Pratt’s Department of Industrial Design was selected for its theme “Empathy for Culture,” a concept introduced by
Adjunct Professors Mark Goetz, B.I.D. ’86, Kimberly Snyder, and Tim Richartz, B.I.D. ’86, and developed in
collaboration with U.S. furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, a respected leader in sustainability and ergonomics.
Laurent hildreth, Tibetan buddhist
The theme was explored in three furniture courses offered in the spring semester to encourage students to consider sahar ghaheri, immigrant Culture: Unspoken Monk Culture: Bloom Lamp Chia Lin hsu, Taiwanese Culture: Caning Chair
the global impact of their projects.
The end results were shown at the 22nd annual ICFF held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan in
, Sahar Ghaheri Laurent Hildreth Chia Lin Hsu
May 2010. On display in Pratt’s 200-square-foot booth were the culturally informed designs of 11 undergraduate (M.I.D. expected 2011) (B.I.D. expected 2012) (B.I.D. expected 2011)
and graduate students in the industrial design department, reflecting their insights into how the people of other Unspoken is a collection of acrylic jewelry created The lotus flower, a Buddhist symbol for the Taipei-born Hsu’s project was inspired by the
cultures think, feel, and respond to the world around them. by Ghaheri from “letters that are left behind.” These soul rising above worldly experience, is the heat and humidity of her homeland, Taiwan. Hsu
letters are removed from words in many languages, inspiration for Hildreth’s Bloom Lamp, which experienced a different climate during six months
Describing Pratt as “an international gathering place for talent,” Goetz said, “The students had to immerse because they are no longer pronounced in the draws on aspects of Tibetan Buddhist in Sweden, learning glass design and visiting six
themselves in other cultures and investigate design’s capacity in this global age to serve as a medium for sharing immigrant’s new homeland. Though no longer spoken, monk culture so anyone may experience other European countries. Through her research,
and integrating the unique ideas of a particular culture within the physicality of design. We are grateful to Herman these letters are at least not forgotten. similar feelings of tranquility. The lamplight she found that most modern furniture traps more
Miller for guiding and advising us in this endeavor.” represents the monks’ pointed focus in body heat than traditional furniture. In an era of
achieving serenity through spiritual practice. global warming, Hsu’s seating unit uses a
Stevenson Aung The lampshade is formed of unprocessed laminated traditional woven material to allow for
wool that radiates a nourishing organic feel better ventilation. The natural material is placed
(M.I.D. expected 2011) to the surrounding area and evokes both a on a steel frame, creating a visually appealing
The Hmong people, a minority ethnic group in sense of comfort and the monks’ practice and lightweight seating option that is comfortable
Southeast Asia and Southern China, have for of living close to the land. in warm climes.
centuries maintained their own language, customs,
and distinct culture. After the Vietnam War, many
resettled in Canada, France, and the United States.
The title of Aung’s project, Dhos, means “coming
together,” because the aluminum stools create a
sense of community through color, line, and plane.
Though different in size and color, the stools remain
connected and similar through production, form,
and material. As such, Aung sees them as modern
symbols of Hmong culture.
stevenson aung, hmong Culture: Dhos
(M.I.D. expected 2011)
McBeen has traveled to Kuwait, Dubai, and ivey Lian, buddhist Meditation Culture:
Bahrain, where she experienced the generosity, Enso wall Light
goodness, and hospitality that are integrated into
daily rituals. Her table design Aata reflects the Ivey Lian
joyous socializing so strongly exhibited in Middle (M.I.D. expected 2011)
Eastern culture. Aata is about understanding that nina d’amario, global education Culture: Parachute
two hands cupped together will always carry more Born in Taiwan, Lian spent a life-changing 10 days
water than one and about celebrating the act of at a silent Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Suan Mok,
sharing gifts with others. Aata’s form and colors Thailand, during which she experienced the power of Nina D’Amario
take inspiration from traditional geometric patterns meditation. Enso wall light was inspired by Zen (M.I.D. expected 2011)
and vibrant colors experienced in the marketplace Buddhist painting and enso, which symbolizes a
and the landscape of the Middle East. moment when the mind is free to simply let the body D’Amario’s marble maze and color wheel learning toys were developed to benefit the 72 million
and spirit create. Each of the light’s paneled designs children worldwide who lack the opportunity or resources to attend primary school. She intends
is unique, the creation of a moment when the painter the toys to be universally appreciated and not culturally specific. The toys are part of her
sara Mcbeen, Middle eastern Culture: Aata and the paper unite; the result shows the expressive Parachute project, combining the Montessori educational approach with a philanthropic
movement of the spirit at that time. Lian’s design business model. A percentage of the sales of each product will go to a fund aimed at reaching
*The others were ArtFuture, Konstfack, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons the New School for Design, and Yale School of Architecture. creates calm in the midst of everyday stress. the United Nation’s 2nd Millennium Development Goal, Universal Primary Education by 2015.
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W h e r e i n t he World is Prat t ? Pratt¹s community sPans the globe. after receiving their Pratt education, alumni bring their skills, exPertise,
and creativity to their homelands or their adoPted countries. Pratt students have the oPPortunity to study
coUnTrIEs WITh mosT aLUmnI abroad in several euroPean countries, as well as to ParticiPate in exchange Programs all around the world.
United states–29,084 malaysia–14
south Korea–444 singapore–13
canada–118 The netherlands–10
Israel–90 Us Virgin Islands–10 ExchangE Programs
Puerto rico–80 British Virgin Islands–9 Bauhaus University in Weimar, germany
greece–50 switzerland–9 Berlin University of the arts in Berlin, germany (pending)
United Kingdom–49 United arab Emirates–9 Bezalel academy of arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel (the oldest exchange program)
Brazil–35 argentina–8 central saint martins in London, England (the 2nd oldest exchange program)
India–30 china–8 Folkwang University in Essen, germany (pending)
germany–28 Indonesia–8 gerrit rietveld academy in amsterdam, The netherlands
Turkey–26 Pakistan–8 glasgow school of art in glasgow, scotland
sTUDy aBroaD Programs
mexico–25 Egypt–7 hogeschool Voor Dekunsten in amsterdam, The netherlands
copenhagen (spring and summer)
Italy–23 Iceland–7 Kingston University London in London, England (pending)
Fashion in Europe
France–20 south africa–7 Korean national University of arts “KnUa” in seoul, Korea
Florentine art and culture
Jamaica–19 sweden–7 Linnaeus University in Kalmar, sweden
colombia–18 chile–6 musashino art University “maU” in Tokyo, Japan
rome (spring and summer)
cyprus–17 saudi arabia–6 nuova accademia di Belle arti “naBa” in milan, Italy
hong Kong–17 austria–5 southern cross University in Lismore, australia
Pratt in Venice (founded in 1984)
Trinidad and Tobago–17 Ireland–5
ToP coUnTrIEs ToP coUnTrIEs
oF rEsIDEncE: oF rEsIDEncE:
graDUaTE sTUDEnTs UnDErgraDUaTE
south Korea sTUDEnTs
Taiwan south Korea
Pakistan costa rica
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New and Noteworthy
I tems In th e m a r ke t p lac e c r e at ed by p r at t al u m n I,
Fac ulty, and s t u de n t s
ko ku cut t I nG boar d
Joe Casale, B.s. Industrial Design ’79
inspired by the need to keep cutting boards
clean, Casale developed Koku, a cutting board
that is built onto a base that contains hideaway
measuring drawers. according to Casale, Koku
meant one measure of rice that would feed one
person for one year in ancient Japan. it seemed to
him to be the perfect name for this product since
it also measures food amounts. dishwasher
safe, Koku features a built-in grating system.
available through kokuboard.com
b am b o o n est r In G
Ward Kelvin, Class of ’86 maGn etIc k Id s ™
$12,000 Gaia Cornwall, B.F.a. Film/Media arts ’01
influenced by Thirties hollywood regency style, this magnificent 18-karat $8.50 per set: 1 Kid, 1 Pet, 3 Outfits
gold cocktail ring in the shape of bamboo stems features a green Cornwall came up with the idea of making a magnetic paper doll after one
tourmaline and diamonds. kelvin delights in creating big, luxurious looks of her best friends adopted a three-year-old toddler. Magnetic kids™ are
that have an openness and lightness to them. The ring is part of the very sturdy and suitable for sticking to metallic surfaces all over the home.
40-piece ward kelvin Collection, the designer’s debut fine jewelry line, Like paper dolls, these magnetic dolls come with a whole line of outfits to
called american Chinoise, which is made entirely in new york City. dress them up in. They make great party favors and novelty gifts and can
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purchase goes to charitable organizations that benefit children. available
couture pape r G o o d s al l o u r c h a nGe s : I m aG e s F r o m the Jo h n ro mbo l a : ec lect I c eccent r I c
Kamal Patel, B.F.a. Communication arts ’99 sIxt Ies G en er at Io n Illustrations by John rombola, Illustration ’54
Mini-wraps ($6.50/1 roll) Gerry Kopelow, former Pratt lecturer $50 (Chronicle Books, 2009)
starburst card ($20/6 pack) $29.95 (university of Manitoba Press, 2009)
Gold starburst coaster ($16/8) rombola’s spirited art is gathered in this first comprehensive monograph
between 1968 and 1975, gerry kopelow traveled cross-country of his work. authors veronique vienne and Melissa Tardiff explore
London-born Patel takes cues from her indian heritage in creating her photographing political protests, concerts, musicians, and other rombola’s career through selections from his best known series,
boldly patterned, colorfully modern couture paper designs, which are people and events in the lives of the changing generation of that time. including gouache and ink drawings from his travels, both real and
printed up in a nearby factory to assure quality and eco-friendliness. her This collection of 160 black-and-white images documents a period of imagined, to the tropics and to europe. his artwork is part of the
popular collections lend an extra touch of whimsy and fun to gift giving. discovery and evolution of thoughts and ideas, offering kopelow’s permanent collection of the Cooper-hewitt, national design Museum.
available at select retailers nationwide and through onkamal.com. youthful glimpse of that turbulent period. available at bookstores. available through chroniclebooks.com.
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NeW aND NoTEWoRTHY NEW AND NOteWOrtHY
c h a rac ter anI matIo n cra s h co u rs e! reF l ec t sh ow erh ead
eric Goldberg, Class of ’75 Nick Paget, B.I.D. Industrial Design ’04
$35 (silman-James Press, 2008) $295
pe t er seItz: d e s I Gn I nG a lI Fe acclaimed disney animator eric goldberg designed, wrote, and Reflect is a showerhead and non-fogging shower mirror that uses
Kolean Pitner, M.s. Communications Design ’82 illustrated this volume. The book and its accompanying Cd are packed incoming water to heat the reflective surface and prevent condensation.
$14.95 (MCaD, 2008) with the insights and methods needed to bring pencil lines to Reflect makes the shower a perfect place to shave and shampoo, while
graphic design historian Pitner collaborated with walker art Center design extraordinary life, illuminating how to conceive characters “from the viewing yourself in its mirror. Made almost entirely of recyclable
director andrew blauvelt and writer bruce wright to co-author this volume inside out” to create strong personalities. Classic animation techniques aluminum, it harbors less bacteria than plastic and is manufactured
about the influential german-born designer Peter seitz, who, in 1964, are analyzed to show goldberg’s principles at work. he was supervising locally in the san francisco bay area, where Paget’s independent design
was hired by the walker in multiple design capacities. seitz went on to animator for disney’s feature-length animated film The Princess and the practice is based. (he himself appears in this mirror, using Reflect.)
found one of the first interdisciplinary design firms in the country and Frog, which released during the 2009 holiday season. available at available through reflectshower.com.
taught at the Minneapolis College of art and design for 30 years. bookstores and through silmanjamespress.com.
Pitner, who teaches at the College of visual arts in saint Paul, Minnesota,
also directs the insights Lecture series at the walker art Center. available
through amazon.com. c my k elekt r Ic bI ke
Manuel saez, former Pratt faculty member
r a I n love o n m an I l a t- s h Irts $780
Deb Flores, Grad. Communications/Package Design ’11
$25.20 Created by industrial design guru Manuel saez,
the prizewinning CMyk electric bike runs on a
Pratt student deb flores came up with this catchy 100 percent 110-volt battery and folds up in a few simple
cotton T-shirt to call attention to the typhoons in the Philippines, steps for easy storage. a two-hour charge is said
which claimed more than 800 lives in october 2009. flores coined to be enough for a 50-minute ride, making the
the slogan “rain Love on Manila” to encourage compassion for bike ideal for short commutes between home,
typhoon victims and raise funds for disaster relief through sales of office, school, or train station. The bike’s use
the T-shirts. her design includes teardrops of sympathy inside the may aid in the quest for a greener world by
letter “a” and hearts to symbolize love inside the letter “o.” above reducing the number of cars on the street.
the logo, grey clouds represent the typhoon with strong diagonal available in stores nationwide.
lines suggesting the destructive forces of nature. available through
rainloveonmanila.blogspot.com and etsy.com.
s t I r sto o l
Mark Goetz, B.I.D. Industrial Design ’86; Pratt faculty member
Stir is a sculptural stool with twisting legs created by adjunct
Professor Mark goetz, designer of many products and award–
winning seating for companies such as herman Miller and
bernhardt design. Made of steel and a spinneybeck leather seat,
Stir comes in heights of 30", 24", and 18" with a 16"-square seat
for residential or commercial use. Custom color and finishes are
offered as are indoor and outdoor versions. available through
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NeW aND NoTEWoRTHY NEW AND NOteWOrtHY
velora candl e h o l d e r s
ana Linares, B.I.D. Industrial Design ’07
$30 n yc metro c u F F
tiffany Burnette, M.I.D. Industrial Design ’08
Velora (candleflower in spanish) is the name given to these
candleholders, which were born of Linares’s fascination with the
lightness of origami shapes and laser-cutting technology. for Velora burnette recently launched designhype, inc., a design firm dedicated to
she created a pattern that allows powder-coated steel to be creating “intelligent, thoughtful objects for intelligent, thoughtful people.”
transformed into a three-flower-shaped form that holds a tea light. The company’s first product, the nyC Metro Cuff, depicts the Manhattan
The candleholders were exhibited during n.y. design week 2009 in subway line as it appears on the MTa maps with subway lines and street
conjunction with the industrial designers society of america. numbers embossed into the surface of the metal. beyond its handsome
available through analinaresdesign.com and stores in new york City. craftsmanship, the cuff serves a practical use for orientation in new york
City. available at the Prattstore and through designhypeinc.com.
F rI nG e s o F e m p Ir e : p e o p l e s, p l ac e s, &
spac e s I n co lo nIa l I n d Ia
sameetah agha, Pratt faculty member
$61.50 (Oxford university Press, 2009)
sameetah agha, chair of Pratt’s social science and Cultural studies department, and
co-editor elizabeth kolsky, a historian at villanova university, examine the history of
british rule in india in this interdisciplinary collection of 10 essays that focus on
people, places, and time periods at the margins of the british empire. The volume
explores how those positioned at the empire's boundaries had the greatest freedom for
initiative and innovation. available at bookstores.
va mpIre zero
David Wellington, M.s. Library science ’07
$13.95 (three rivers Press, 2008)
in this action-packed third volume in his vampire trilogy that includes 13
Bullets and 99 Coffins, wellington takes the Laura Caxton series to a
whole new level by getting deeper into the minds of the characters than in
his previous books. in Vampire Zero, Caxton is faced with the task of
destroying a formidable enemy who knows all her tricks better than
anyone—because Caxton’s foe himself taught her everything she knows
about monsters. available at bookstores.
l a n dscap es t hr ouG h
tI me w Ith davI d dunlop
David Dunlop, M.F.a. Painting ’79
$129.95 for set of 3 DVDs
$29.95 for single episode
in this 13-episode half-hour series, originally
thr ouGh loun Ge
run on Pbs, emmy-award winning writer and
thomas stern, B.I.D. Industrial Design ’09
artist david dunlop takes viewers to revisit the
places where van gogh, Monet, Cezanne, and
Constructed from a tubular steel frame and nylon webbing, the nickel- other influential artists went to create their
plated Through Lounge is intended for outdoor use. The chair’s rigid seat now-famous works. dunlop first gives viewers a
is inspired by a yoga position that relieves tension in the back and better understanding of the episode’s featured
legs, but unlike the pose, the chair does not strain the body’s core. painter, then sets up his own easel to recapture
although its styling relates to a chaise, the actual seat is the landscape in the style of the artist, taking
more like a recliner or dentist's chair, in which one can time to explain each step of the process with
breathe deeply, read, or talk while sitting. water, stain, and artistic and technical insight. he is pictured
rust resistant, the lounge is available in various colors. stern’s here painting a vista of cypress trees in the
training in transportation and furniture design was gained, in part, at the south of france just as van gogh did during his
danish institute for study abroad. available through tideshome.com. stay at the asylum of st. Paul de Mausole.
available through paintingclass.net.
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“Making a planned gift to Pratt is easy to do. we’re delighted
that we did. It’s a wonderful way to support the institution we all love.”
tHree FasHION DesIGN stuDeNts
— Thomas F. Schutte, President, Pratt Institute, and Tess L. Schutte
WIN sCHOLarsHIPs; seNIOr
reCeIVes $25,000 aWarD
Fashion design senior Kasia Wisniewski received a
$25,000 scholarship from the YMA Fashion Scholarship
Fund (FSF). One of four students nationally to win the
annual FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award,
Wisniewski went through a rigorous application process
that included creating a retail store concept. Two Pratt
sophomores, Ruby Gertz and Tracey Li, each won $5,000
YMA FSF scholarships. The three were honored at the
2010 FSF Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Awards
dinner in January in Manhattan.
kasia wisniewski shows her designs at the year-end juried review.
INDustrIaL DesIGN stuDeNts
exHIBIt WOrK at reNOWNeD
INterNatIONaL DesIGN FaIr
Pratt’s Department of Industrial Design partnered with the
Folkwang Academy, a college of art and design in Germany, to
exhibit chair designs as part of the international furniture and
interior design fair imm cologne in Cologne, Germany, from
January 19–24. It was the first time Pratt exhibited at imm
cologne, one of the largest and most respected fairs of its kind.
Eighteen students from both institutions contributed to the
exhibition “Take A Seat.” Adjunct Professor Mark Goetz, B.I.D.
’86, served as faculty advisor. The Pratt students whose work
was represented were Michael Chuapoco, Binh Dang, Evan
Create a legaCy
lead the way
Dewhirst, Sara Ebert, Christina Fesmire, Ingrid Fetell, Tawny Amino kid’s Chair by ingrid fetell, The Buoy Chair by evan
Hixson, Michael Roopenian, and Thomas Stern. M.i.d. ’09. dewhirst, M.i.d. ’10.
MtV star COMes tO Pratt
At the end of the first season of the hit MTV series My Life as Liz, Liz Lee makes a tough a Planned gIft to Pratt IS an eaSY waY
choice. She leaves her hometown of Burleson, Texas, to strike out on her own in New York to create oPPortunItIeS for tomorrow’S
City—at Pratt Institute.
Lee just finished her first semester. “The workload was unlike anything I’ve ever
vISIonarIeS. Your InveStment In them can
encountered,” she says. “But when I finished, the sense of accomplishment was 100 times BenefIt You, too.
better than anything I have ever experienced.”
Lee is a self-described “geek,” and the first season of My Life as Liz was all about finding—
Make a planned gift to Pratt today through a bequest or
and being—herself in her traditional Texas town. life income plan.
Now at Pratt, Lee feels right at home. “In Burleson I felt like an outcast because I was so there are many giving options that can help fulfill your
different, and here I feel like I’m so normal. It’s just a beautiful community of artists. I’ve
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contact us for a confidential conversation at 718-399-4296,
or visit www.pratt.edu/planned_giving.
Lee is studying art history, but plans to take film courses too. She also may have a camera
crew accompanying her around campus in fall 2010, as MTV decides on a second season
Liz Lee documenting Liz Lee’s life story.
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Pratt stuDeNts DesIGN FuLBrIGHt sCHOLar WINs
Courtesy of Barnes & noBle
BarNes & NOBLe’s BaCK- PrestIGIOus WILSoNART®
tO-CaMPus COLLeCtION CHALLeNgeS CHaIr DesIGN
For the second year in a row, Pratt graduate COMPetItION
students collaborated with bookseller Barnes
Fulbright Scholar and Industrial Design graduate student Esin
& Noble to design for the company’s Back-to-
Arsan won this year’s Wilsonart® Challenges annual student
Campus Collection under the direction of
chair design competition.
Sandie Maxa, visiting assistant professor of
Graduate Communications and Package Design. Inspired by the idea of a support group, Arsan created a two-
The Pratt contributions to the 2010 collection person seat designed to “give the impression that the users offer
include designs for sketchbooks, journals, book their backrests to each other.”
covers, and pen cases, which will be available in Based in Temple, Texas, Wilsonart is a leading manufacturer of
bookstores nationwide in late July. decorative surfacing products, including Wilsonart® Laminate.
Included in the 2010 collection are designs by The contest invites students to create a chair that incorporates
Pratt students and recent graduates: Alexandra the round-cornered rectangular shape of the Wilsonart®
Kalouta, M.S. ’10, Communications/Package Laminate sample chip, now an icon in the design world.
Design; Rebecca Wiener M.S. ’11, Communications Wilsonart® invited Pratt to participate as this year’s featured
/Package Design; Ivey Lian M.I.D. ’11; Stephanie design college in their annual competiton. The participating
Breed, M.S. ’09, Communications/ Package Design; students were drawn from the fall graduate furniture design
and Lana Khayyat, M.S. ’11, Interior Design. course, taught by Adjunct Professor Mark Goetz, B.I.D. ’86, and
in the senior undergraduate furniture design course, taught by
Adjunct Assistant Professor Tim Richartz, B.I.D. ’86.
Arsan won a $1,000 scholarship from Wilsonart and had her
chair displayed at the International Contemporary Furniture
Pratt taLeNt sHOWCaseD Fair (ICFF). Four runners up also showed their chairs in the
Wilsonart booth at the ICFF.
at BrOOKLYN’s FIrst
MID-rIse LuxurY GreeN
Pratt Institute has completely outfitted the
interiors of two model residences in the new uMBra aWarDs PrIzes FOr
Third + Bond townhouses at 107 Third Street in
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Pratt stuDeNts’ INNOVatIVe
A team of Pratt alumni, faculty, and student HOuseHOLD DesIGNs
fine artists, designers, and architects created Umbra and Pratt Institute celebrated their sixth year of collaboration
courtesy of umbra
completely furnished, holistic interior home with the annual Umbra|Pratt Design Competition. Student finalists
environments that include wall coverings, from the competition, coordinated by Adjunct Instructor Noah King,
home accessories, furniture, textiles, art, B.I.D. ’02, showed their designs for contemporary household
lighting elements, and more. products at the prestigious International Contemporary Furniture
The residences at Third + Bond are on track Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center May 15–18. The winners were:
to be the first Brooklyn mid-rise, luxury project 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
to achieve both LEED-Gold and Energy Star Bubbles soap dish
Michael Liu Jeni Tu Alvaro Uribe
Home green building certifications. Designed Undercover Plunger Bubbles Soap Dish Batea Jewelry Stand
by Rogers Marvel Architects as a modern
This year’s judges included Annie Block, Articles Editor at
interpretation of the traditional brownstone,
Interior Design; Anne E. Collins, Managing Editor of ElleDecor.com
the project showcases 44 units, many with
and David Sokol, Contributing Editor at Architectural Record,
private outdoor space. The display, which
Greensource, and Surface.
was curated by Pratt professor and alumnus
Anthony Caradonna, B. Arch. ’86‚ will be on Matt Carr, Umbra’s Director of Design, awarded each student
view until fall 2010. designer with a certificate and prize for their winning designs.
Undercover Plunger Batea Jewelry stand
Since it began, the competition has allowed Umbra to introduce
three successful products into its catalogue, including the Conceal
bookshelf, the Wishbone soap dish, and the Talk bulletin board.
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Pratt Exhibitions sPrING 2010
Pratt Library archives
Marry zernike photogrphy
1 2 3 4
EThiCS + aESThETiCS ENVELOPES ThE MaP aS arT: CONTEMPOrary arTiSTS ExPLOrE CarTOgraPhy SChafLEr@25
1. installation exhibited at the Pratt Manhattan gallery 2. Wanderings, 2009 by weathers
3. Jell-O Mold #2: 2009 by Liz hickok 4. Scientific American, 1888 exhibited in "Pratt and its gallery, The arts and Crafts years," 1998
Past The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery exhibitions, Pratt Institute; Eleanor Heartney, arts writer, Doing things with Words
Pratt students respond: sustainability curator, and cultural critic; Larry Litt, writer, performer, and february 25–May 7, 2011
Pratt Manhattan Gallery february 10–March 10, 2010
producer; and Robert Storr, dean, Yale School of Art. All opening Reception: february 24, 6–8 PM
2009–2010 exhibition season submissions, including the three winning entries, will be
A multi-disciplinary student exhibition inspired by the Pratt Guest-curated by artist and writer Dave Beech, contributor to
Design and sustainability displayed as part of the exhibition.
Manhattan Gallery exhibition season theme of “Design and Art and Text (Black Dog Publishing, 2009), and fellow artist
Pratt’s continuing mission to lead in the integration of Sustainability.” Over 50 students showed work in all media, and writer Paul O’Neill, this exhibition will establish a dialogue
Map art exhibition
sustainable practices into the study of art, design and with $1,000 in cash prizes awarded by guest judges Deb between generations as well as draw lines between competing
September 24–November 6, 2010
architecture was highlighted by three supporting exhibitions Johnson, academic director of sustainability and CSDS; Julie conceptions of the role of text in art.
that explored issues of sustaining communities and our opening Reception: September 23, 6–8 PM
Lasky, editor, Change Observer; and Nick Battis, director of
environment from the viewpoints of artists, designers, and
exhibitions, Pratt Institute. Katharine Harmon, author of The Map as Art: Contemporary
Artists Explore Cartography (Princeton Architectural Press,
save the Date
Pratt Falls/election Night Watch Party
summer Invitational 2009), will guest-curate an exhibition that involves mapping
ethics + aesthetics = sustainable Fashion the angst of New York City life. Tuesday, November 20, 2010, 7 PM
May 12–July 30, 2010
November 20, 2009–february 20, 2010 Pratt Manhattan Gallery will hold its third annual Election
Blind Dates Night Watch Party produced by writer, performer, democracy
This survey of ways to integrate sustainable practices into the
fashion system was guest-curated by Francesca Granata and upcoming November 19–february 11, 2011 activist, and curator Larry Litt. This event is free and open to
Sarah Scaturro. The exhibition catalog is available for purchase. Pratt Manhattan Gallery opening Reception: November 18, 6–8 PM
Mobile Voter registration and Info Center Design This innovative, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural
Competition exhibition exhibition and project, guest-curated by Defne Ayas and The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery
february 19–May 1, 2010
August 31–September 7, 2010
Neery Melkonian, will involve artists, writers, historians, and schafler @ 25
Guest-curated by Christopher Hight, this sustainable sociologists who aim to facilitate meaningful exchanges among october 7–January 21, 2010
Closing Reception: September 7, 6–8 PM
architecture exhibition with a focus on innovative, those whose lives have been affected by the historical ruptures opening Reception; Wednesday, october 6, 4–6 PM
multidisciplinary research, will travel to the Muscarelle The goal of the competition sponsored by Pratt Manhattan and legacies associated with the fall of the Ottoman Empire
Gallery, which is the first of its kind, is to provide visual (1299–1922). For the exhibition portion of “Blind Dates” the Celebrating a quarter century of exhibitions at The Rubelle and
Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in September 2010. Norman Schafler Gallery and including recent work by alumni
political stimulation during the voter registration process and curators have been “matchmaking” artists and architects
to inform the public about the democratic process. The whose backgrounds represent the estranged cultures to and students, this show will be guest-curated by former
winning entries will be selected by Nick Battis, director of mediate through projects together. Director of Exhibitions Eleanor Moretta.
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SUPPoRTiNG Pratt SUPPoRTiNG Pratt
PROFILE BrUcE NEWMAN
BrUCe NewMaN ON why a BeaUtIFUl CaMPUS CaN INSPIre StUdeNtS
WHY WE GAvE
Pratt institute’s reputation as one of the world’s leading art and design colleges, and the school’s ability to provide an educational
environment that attract students from around the globe, relies, in large part, on the generosity of the extended Pratt community—
when Newman studied at Pratt. “The campus simply wasn’t as conducive
alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. in this issue of Prattfolio, we are pleased to feature alumni and staff whose gifts to Pratt will help
ensure that the institute continues to offer the highest quality academic experience—now and for generations to come.
to sitting outside as it is today,” he recalls.
Still, says Newman, what Pratt lacked in beauty, it more than made up for
in education. When he arrived at Pratt in 1949 to study interior design, he
already worked for his father, who rented furniture to Broadway set-designers.
Bruce Newman could have taken over the business without attending
college. But his father insisted Newman earn a degree. To this day,
Newman could not be happier with his choice of Pratt.
“My Pratt education gave me an enormous amount of confidence when I
finally faced the reality of working with designers and architects,” he says.
In addition to growing his father’s business into a premiere decorative arts
and antiques dealership, Newman has also authored two books.
In his bestselling Fantasy Furniture (Rizzoli International, 1989), Newman
coined the term fantasy furniture to refer to ornate pieces that incorporate
animals and mythological creatures. Before Newman’s book, fantasy suzanna simor Betsy and ted Lewin Berti Jones
furniture had never been catalogued and described as a category; the Library and Information science ’77 Graphic arts/Illustration ’59 and Illustration ’56 M.F.a. Painting ’70
phrase is still used today by auction houses.
Desiring to continue her late husband’s support To help young people receive the benefits of a To express her belief in Pratt Institute’s mission
Newman’s second book Don’t Come Back Until You Find It (Beaufort
for students in Pratt’s School of Information and Pratt education that they themselves enjoyed, and her gratitude for the financial aid she
Books, 2006) is an autobiography.
Library Science, alumna Suzanna Simor, Library alumni Ted and Betsy Lewin established the Ted received, alumna and longtime Pratt employee
Trustee emeritus bruce newman at the newman Mall and In one chapter, Newman recounts making the find of his career. In 1984, he and Information Science ’77, has provided and Betsy Lewin Endowed Scholarship to Berti Jones has become an ongoing contributor to
amphitheater, on an amphitheater bench named for his father discovered a 32-panel mural that had been on the Normandie luxury liner, significant gifts for the George Simor Merit support needy and deserving illustration students the Annual Fund and, for the past 13 years, has
and later on the Ile de France ship. The panels had been created by masters Award in Archival Management—an endowed in Pratt Institute’s School of Art and Design. been a member of the President’s Circle, which
A s an antiques dealer, Bruce Newman, B.F.A. ’53, has devoted his
career to helping people create beautiful places to live and work.
of the Art Deco era-designer Jean Dupas and lacquerer Jean Dunand. scholarship to which George Simor’s friends,
colleagues, and students have also contributed.
Encouraged by their grammar and high school
teachers to attend Pratt, both Ted and Betsy credit
recognizes donors who give $1,000 or more to the
Annual Fund each year.
A native of Hungary and expert in philosophy and their Pratt experience and, in particular,
For decades, Newman owned the Manhattan antiques and decorative arts
powerhouse, Newel Art Galleries. His list of famous clients is seemingly
“It gives the students the history of religion, as well as librarianship, nurturing professors with helping lay the
“As a staff member you give blood, sweat, and
tears, but it takes more than that,” said Jones, who
endless. He helped First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy furnish the White inspiration to be walking George Simor taught at Pratt from 1967 until his
death in 1996. The recipient of the 1973
groundwork for the direction they would take.
Since meeting as students at Pratt, the couple has
began her career at Pratt in 1970 as assistant
around a pretty campus.”
House. He helped celebrities—including singer Barbra Streisand, designer registrar and is now director of enterprise
Outstanding Educator of America Award, he worked, both separately and as collaborators, on
Ralph Lauren, and actors Alec Baldwin, Dustin Hoffman, and Jane systems in the Division of Information
developed the New York metropolitan area’s first more than 200 books for children and young
Fonda—decorate their homes. His pieces graced the sets of hundreds of Technology. “I have a strong belief in Pratt, and I
programs in preservation and conservation of adults, garnering such awards as the Caldecott
movies and Broadway plays. - Bruce newman, B.f.a. ’53, trustee emeritus give to show my confidence in the Institute, its
archival and library materials and archives and Honor and the Society of Illustrator’s Hamilton
students, and its leadership.”
Now, as a Pratt trustee emeritus, Newman is making sure Pratt students records management at Pratt. King Award.
live and work in beautiful surroundings. The panels had been hidden for decades, bought by a reclusive French Jones knows from her own experience the
family after the ships were scrapped. Meantime, Newman had tracked “The outpouring of affection from his former “Pratt helped me gain confidence,” says Betsy.
difference that unrestricted resources such as
“It gives the students inspiration to be walking around a pretty campus,” down this family to buy other pieces. As soon as they showed him the students and colleagues put the force of his “My professors saw a unique quality in my work,
those provided through the Annual Fund can
says Newman, who also earned an honorary doctorate of fine arts from mural, he knew he had made a major discovery. He convinced them to sell contributions to Pratt in perspective,” says Simor. encouraged me to continue, and, ultimately, to
make at Pratt. As a graduate student in the School
Pratt in 1997. him the panels, now on display in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. “It is a privilege and deeply satisfying to help keep make my contribution to the field of illustration.”
of Art and Design, Jones benefited from a
his legacy alive in continuing to do what he loved
Newman has most recently funded the Walkways Project. This project For his own collection, Newman’s tastes tend toward the neoclassic. Ted adds, “The scholarship was something scholarship and from on-campus employment in
most—helping students enter the profession.
replaced the asphalt paths on North Walk alongside the Engineering He and his wife Judy collect “caricature candlesticks,” with animals, concrete we could do because of what Pratt gave the Registrar’s Office. After earning her M.F.A., a
Giving back to the school that gave me my start is
building, and on the East Mall, with brick pavers. It completed the mythological creatures, and grotesque figures. Newman’s unabashed us: It’s a give-back.” full-time position in the Registrar’s Office became
the right thing to do and a joy.”
re-design of South Walk by replacing the stretch of asphalt along the defense of antiques did not at first stand him in good stead with his available, and she’s been at Pratt ever since. “Pratt
In addition to establishing the scholarship, the
Juliana Curran Terian Design Center, with brick pavers. As part of the professors who, like most designers at that time, favored the Mid- Born in Czechoslovakia, Suzanna Simor came to has a family atmosphere. You are not lost. You
Lewins, who received the 2000 Alumni
South Walk phase of the project, foliage was planted and bike racks were Century Modern look. Pratt seeking professional training to combine establish a rapport with people on campus.”
Achievement Award, have remained active in the
installed. More walkway improvements are scheduled for the near future. with an M.A. in art history in preparation for a
But in every room he designed for a class project, Newman would life of Pratt Institute. In the fall 2008 Pratt
With the arrival of warm weather, students have been enjoying two earlier insist on including an antique; then he would debate his professor
career in art librarianship. The recipient of the
2002 Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award
exhibition, Around the World with Ted and Betsy Support pratt
Newman landscaping projects, the Newman Mall and Amphitheatre. It’s a Lewin, they presented a sampling of their and itS talented Student body, award-winning
about the merits of antiques. He loved every minute of it. for accomplishments in the field of library faculty, and vibrant artiStic community with
popular area Newman continues to support with new plantings, and which illustrated books, many of which are based on
“The professors didn’t agree with me, but they taught me how to be science, she is associate professor at CUNY’s your gift to the annual fund today.
he hopes to enhance with a decorative clock. their extensive world travels. Their upcoming
myself. When I’d put an antique into one of my designs, they didn’t Queens College, where she heads the Art Library, 718-399-4211
book, “Puffling Patrol,” will describe their 2008
Campus beautification was not as much of a priority in the early 1950s, think it was a great idea, but they respected the fact that I did.” directs the Art Center, and teaches. email@example.com
expedition to Iceland. www.pratt.edu/give
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PhoTos by kevin wiCk
“redefining the good Life” symposium a book signing with Pratt Trustee kurt alumni enjoy reconnecting as part of
Thelma golden, director and chief curator of the studio Museum President schutte, honoree Michael inman, and ken soehner, presenters, from left to right, bottom: david de andersen followed the “redefining the reigniTe! a neighborhood walking tour
in harlem, with Lehmann Maupin gallery co-owner, chief librarian of The Metropolitan Museum of art, and a member of rothschild; Pratt Trustee kurt andersen; top: good Life” symposium. his new book, enables them to catch up on changes in
david Maupin. Pratt’s siLs faculty. Jean shin, Carlos zapata, Mary Temple, arun titled Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Clinton hill and fort greene while getting
Chaudhary, Provost Peter barna, and President Our Values and Renew America, was published some fresh air. a tour of the Pratt sculpture
Thomas f. schutte. by random house in 2009. Park is also available.
reigniTe! 2009 September 25–26, 2009
For the second year, Pratt welcomed graduates and former stu- and author of the new book Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore
dents back to campus for the all-alumni reunion-event, ReIG- Our Values and Renew America. His lecture was followed by talks
NITE! The centerpiece of ReIGNITE! 2009 was “Redefining the from compelling thought leaders including director of video field
Good Life,” a symposium that brought world-class social innova- production for President Barack Obama, Arun Chaudhary; nation-
tors together in Memorial Hall on September 26 to discuss the ally recognized installation artist Jean Shin, B.F.A. ’94, M.S. ’96;
PhoTos by kevin wiCk
meaning of creative value in the 21st century. The program began contemporary artist Mary Temple; world-famous architect Carlos
with a keynote address by Pratt Trustee Kurt Andersen, the criti- Zapata, B.Arch ’84; expert in global foresight and innovation, An-
cally acclaimed novelist, host of the public radio show Studio 360, drew Zolli; and environmentalist David de Rothschild.
black alumni of Pratt
President Thomas f. schutte (center) with alumni honorees young woo,
distinguished Pratt alumni artists Mickalene Thomas and ik-Joong kang.
Mickalene Thomas, robert sabuda, and Michael inman. (baP) holiday Party
December 22, 2009
alumni achievement award Luncheon five million books in print, among them the Encyclopedia
In celebration of its 20th Anniversary,
Prehistorica pop-up trilogy, co-created with Matthew Reinhart,
September 25, 2009 M.I.D. ’98. the Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP), under
Pratt Institute celebrated the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award the leadership of Dwight Johnson, rang
recipients on September 25, 2009 at a private luncheon held in the Mickalene Thomas, B.F.A. ’00, is best known for work that in the holiday season by presenting gifts
Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery in Higgins Hall. Honorees for celebrates female beauty and power. In elaborate paintings to Brooklyn youth from Sister S.A.G.E.
2009 were as follows: composed of rhinestones, enamel, and acrylic, Thomas’s critically siLs alumni gathered for the school’s annual and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration
acclaimed work introduces a complex vision of what it means to be lecture-celebration. Corporation’s New York City Justice Corps
Michael Inman, M.L.S. ’02, curator of rare books for The New York a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. at a party held on December 22 at the Thirty Pratt alumni gathered on saturday,
Public Library, administers the Rare Book Division, George Arents The 22nd annual Pratt Brooklyn Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration
January 30, 2010, for the sixth annual black
vs. gold alumni basketball game held in the
Young Woo, B.Arch. ’80, is founder and principal of Young Woo &
Collection, and Historic Children’s Book Collection, among others.
Associates, LLC, developers of commercial, industrial, and
institute nasser sharify Center. Prior to the party, BAP staff, alum- arC building on the brooklyn Campus.
He also serves as a visiting professor at Pratt’s School of ni, and friends used wish lists provided
Information and Library Science. technology real estate properties throughout the United States, Lecture by the organizations’ participants to shop
Europe, and Asia. The firm played a leading role in the acquisition September 25, 2009 for and wrap hundreds of presents for
Robert Sabuda, B.F.A. ’87, twice a recipient of The New York Times of the AIG headquarters building in lower Manhattan and recently the teens and young adults. In addition,
The School of Information and Library
Best Illustrated Book Award, is a children’s book creator with over was designated as the developer for the historic Pier 57. BAP Advisory Council members Malaak
Science welcomed James G. Neal as the
guest speaker for the 22nd Annual Pratt Compton-Rock and Marva Smalls donated
reignite! 2010 September 25
Institute Nasser Sharify Lecture. Neal, vice toys, books, and educational games. Among
president for information services and the BAP friends and alumni who sup-
university librarian at Columbia University, ported this initiative were Shahara-Ahmed
Llewellyn, Joyce and David Dinkins, Hazel
Save the date
a pratt inStitute event for StudentS, alumni, faculty, and delivered an address at Pratt Manhattan
friendS. for more information, pleaSe contact the office of on “Primal Innovation and Radical Col- Dukes, June Kelly, Joshua Smith, and Tess 2009 alumni achievement award winner
alumni relationS at 718-399-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org. laboration: Deconstructing the Academic and Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, president of Mickalene Thomas exhibited at Pratt in
Research Library for Future Survival.” Pratt Institute. september 2009.
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I N S P I r at I O N | T H E F u N D F O R P R AT T Class Notes
B y g i v i n g t o t h e F u n d F o r P ra t t , yo u s u p p o r t t h e f a c u l t y, p r o g ra m m i n g , We welcome news items from Council. During October 2009, Hal 11th assistant secretary for fossil Francis “Frank” Cusack, B.F.A.
a n d c r e a t i ve e n v i r o n m e n t t h a t i n s p i r e s t u d e n t s l i ke l a u r e n wa l l e r all pratt alumni. To submit a class had a display of 25 of his works at
the Gallery of the Unitarian
energy. Dr. Markowsky will serve as
the primary policy advisor to the
Advertising Design and Visual
note, please include your name, Communication ’68, and Margaret
( B . F. a . Fa s h i o n ’ 1 2 ) t o p u r s u e t h e i r a r t i s t i c g o a l s eve r y d ay. address, email address, degree, Universalist Fellowship of secretary of energy and the Cusack, B.F.A, Graphic Arts ’68,
and year of graduation with each Huntington. department on issues involving fed- had an exhibition, titled “Stitch It
submission. Mail to: Pratt Isaiah Zagar, B.F.A. ’59, had a eral coal, oil, and natural gas – Click It – Zip It,” at The Packer
institute alumni office, attn: Class documentary of his life and work programs. Collegiate Institute’s Carol Shen
Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. in fall
notes, 200 willoughby avenue, made by his son, Jeremiah. Titled Thomas Patti, B.I.D. ’67, received
brooklyn, ny 11205 or email us at In A Dream, it has been shown at the Rowena Reed Kostellow Award 2009. The exhibition included
email@example.com. various film festivals, including the of the Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund, stitched artwork by Margaret,
Woodstock and Philadelphia Film Pratt Institute, in January 2010. The photographs by Frank, and jewelry
Festivals. award was presented at the Knoll created from zippers by their
1930s showroom in New York City. daughter, Kate.
Maida Heatter, Fashion Illustration
’36, was featured in an article in The 1960s
Washington Post on November 18, Class of 1960
2009. The article featured her date 50th Reunion Reminder
pecan pie recipe from her cookbook, Saturday, September 25, 2010
Maida Heatter’s Book of Great
Roman Verostko, M.S. Arts
American Desserts (Alfred A.
Education ’61, was named as one of
Knopf, Inc., 1985).
two recipients of ACM SIG-
GRAPH's first Distinguished Artist
1940s Awards for Lifetime Achievement
in Digital Art in July 2009. The
award recognizes the intersection
Agnes “Suzie” DePoo-Zuzek,
Textile Design ’49, had a retrospec- of arts and computing.
tive of her work in 2009 at the Norman Gardner, Package Design
Gallery on Greene in Key West, Fla. ’62, recently had his semi-abstract
Herbert Meyers, Advertising sculptures, depicting pregnant
Design ’49, had his 1949 Christmas women and their unborn babies in
Seal in an ad for the American Lung utero, displayed at the World Erotic
Association in the December 2009 Art Museum in Miami Beach, Fla.
issue of Time magazine. Patricia Steir, B.F.A. Graphic Arts/
Illustration ’62, was honored by
Artwalk NY in November 2009 at
1950s their annual event. She also had an
exhibition, titled “Self Portrait:
Roger “Rajie” Cook, Advertising Reprise, 1987-2009,” at the New
Design ’53, was part of the York Studio of Drawing, Painting,
“reVision & Voice” exhibition at the
Princeton Artists Alliance in
and Sculpture in New York City in
Princeton, N.J. B.F.a. Computer Graphics ’02, recently worked on the animation for
James Cameron’s science-fiction epic Avatar (2009), which won oscars
for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects at
the 82nd Academy Awards. Avatar also won 2010 Golden Globe Awards
for Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Directing.
“Two of the most fascinating and rewarding experiences i got from
animating on Avatar was learning in great detail how anatomically the
face creates emotion as well as working for the first time in stereo 3-D,”
Russell Dunbar, Industrial Design says Purmal. He and his colleagues animated over unrefined motion
’53, won an award at the Alden B.
capture on each shot for every character’s body and face as well as
Dow Museum of Art and Science's
“47th Annual Greater Michigan Art animated from scratch all Na’vi extremities, eyes, breathing, and physical
Exhibition” held in winter 2008. interactions.
The museum further honored
“Avatar was a beautiful marriage of technical and artistic problem solving
Russell by mounting a solo
exhibition of his work in summer using the most advanced and anatomically accurate facial and body
2009. WITHRosemary Rehak Connor, B.F.A. systems created to date,” Purmal explains. He relished working with
some of the world’s best artists, seeing his name in the credits with theirs,
Stanford (Stan) Richards,
POETRY Advertising Design ’66, had an
Advertising Design ’53, and founder exhibition at The 30 Bridge Street and knowing that his efforts contributed to viewers’ enjoyment.
of the Dallas-based Richards Building in New Milford, Conn., in
Group, was featured in the August November 2009. Purmal got his start in feature animation working on Peter Jackson’s film
2009 issue of Success magazine. King Kong (2005), also created by Weta Digital, after gaining experience
David Jeffrey Frank, B.F.A.
Harold Halvorsen, B.M.E. ’58, Advertising Design ’66, exhibited as a freelance animator with local N.Y.C. studios Psyop, Betelgeuse, and
participated in the July Huntington his painting, Sensorial Realities, larger Than life Productions.
Arts Council Membership Show at last fall at the Agora Gallery in
the Melville Gallery in Huntington, Chelsea, New York City. Purmal credits Pratt with teaching him to think creatively by looking for
N.Y. He also was involved in the original solutions to artistic challenges, and never giving up. “Even when
w w w. P r aT T. e d u /g I v e . 7 1 8 - 3 9 9 - 4 4 47 . F u n d F o r P r aT T @ P r aT T. e d u autumn 2009 auction for the
James J. Markowsky, B.E. Mech.
Eng. ’67, was confirmed by the someone tells me that something is impossible,” he says, “i know there’s
2 0 0 w I L Lo u g h by av e n u e b r o o k Ly n , n y 1 1 2 0 5 benefit of the Huntington Arts
Senate on August 7, 2009, as the always a solution to any challenge.”
Mark Wagner, B.F.A. Comm- Stephanie (Pfaff ) Strickland, M.S.
1970s Barbara (De Palma) Nesin, B.F.A.
’74, was elected president of the
College Art Association for a
Marjorie Williams-Smith, M.F.A.
’77, participated in a unique
exhibition, titled, “The Luster of
Christine Twomey, M.F.A. ’79, and
Jeanne Wilkinson, M.F.A. ’90,
were both part of an exhibition,
Design ’83, has achieved a place in
the Guinness World Records for
Library and Information Science
’85, had her book of poetry, titled
Lynn Zelevansky, B.F.A. ’71, creating the largest chalk drawing. Zone : Zero, published by Ahsahta
became the Henry J. Heinz II two-year term beginning in May Silver,” at the Evansville Museum titled “Exposed,” that was
2010. She is also the department of Arts, History, and Science in presented at Creon Gallery in New The project took 6,000 people and Press in 2008. Her new book comes
Director of the Carnegie Museum was 90,000 square feet. Help in with an interactive CD containing
of Art in Pittsburgh in August 2009. chair of art foundations at the Art Evansville, Ind. The exhibition York City in September 2009.
Institute of Atlanta. focused on 27 artists who use the creating this project came through two digital poems. She creates
June Wilson-Annitto, M.F.A. ’72, silverpoint technique. Williams- Wagner's nonprofit organization, poems and media arts together.
had an exhibition, titled “Tasting
Shape,” at the Brodsky Gallery in
Benedict de Lisi, Foundation Art
’75, led a panel of experts to judge
Britian's Next Top Interior
Smith’s silverpoint drawings are
also included in the permanent
1980s Re-Enchanting the World Through
Art. He also has published a
Miriam Mirna Korolkovas, M.F.A.
’86, was a member of a group of
the Chauncey Conference Center collections of the Arkansas Arts Class of 1985 children's book, titled The Art of jewelers that presented a Jewelry
at the Education Testing Service in Designer. Students from Liverpool 25th Reunion Reminder Being a Dad (2009). Wagner’s new
John Moores University and Center Foundation Collection, the Study Day at the Museum of Arts
Princeton, N.J. last spring. University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Saturday, September 25, 2010 global storybook project involves and Design, New York City, in
London’s KLC School of Design traveling around the world to work
Edward Krent, M.I.D. ’73, had a were tasked with designing two and the Central Arkansas Library Jung Hyang Kim, M.F.A. ’80, had a September 2009.
System. with kids and communities to
show titled, “Intermingling studio apartments. The winner was showing of her paintings at Ik-Joong Kang, M.F.A. ’87, is
create large chalk drawings that are
Senses,” at Caladan Gallery in announced in February 2010. Ralph Choeff, B.Arch. ’78, recently Anthony Giordano Gallery at creating white panels, with a relief
connected to one story line. This
Cambridge, Mass., in autumn 2009. completed the Mondrian Hotel in Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y., of letters in four different sizes, and
Peter Fiore, Illustration ’76, five-year project’s end goal is to set
His work was also accepted in the South Beach, Fla. His design for the last fall. around 40,000 aluminum panels
displayed his paintings in a fall a world record for the largest
Fuller Craft Museum Biennial hotel was a finalist in the HD Donald Fram, B.Arch. ’81, has been decorated in bright colors that will
2009 exhibition, titled “Awaken- illustrated storybook and then to
Exhibition 2009-2010. Awards sponsored by Hospitality chief architect at the Port Authority cover the Korea Pavilion for the
ing,” at the Travis Gallery in New give the published book to the
Hope, Pa. and Design magazine. of New York and New Jersey since United Nations and world leaders. 2010 World Expo in Shanghai,
Kathleen Edwards, Illustration/ August 2004. During his 27-year China. The shape of the pavilion Sook-Jin Jo, M.F.A. ’91, recently Mila Wilson, M.I.D. ’91, had her
Lynn Saville, M.F.A.’76, curated an George Hirose, M.F.A ’84, will be derived from letter forms of
Comm.D. ’78, recently had her book Port Authority career, he has finished the installation of her work on view at Comerford
exhibition, titled “Partners in Art participated in a group show that the Korean alphabet, Han-geul.
Holy Stars!: Favorite Deities, worked on many programs, most public art project, Wishing Bells/ To Hennessy in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
and Life,” at the Brooklyn Public included eight of his nighttime
Prophets, Saints and Sages From recently the design of a new Earl Mowatt, B.F.A. ’87, was invited Protect & To Serve, for the public in fall 2009. Wilson is a visual artist
Library in September 2009. The photographs. The exhibition was
Around the World (2009) reviewed Harrison PATH Station. His leader- by The Delta Chapter of the plaza at the new Los Angeles who translates her interest in the
show featured artistic couples and held in fall 2009 at Ernden Fine Art
by National Book Network. ship led to the adoption of the International Sociology Honor Detention Center in Los Angeles, nature of thought and symbols into
how their art impacts each other’s Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.
Edward’s book contains beautifully agency’s Sustainable Design Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, to Calif. contemporary paintings using
lives. Saville had a book signing and Hirose recently published a book of
illustrated biographies of 27 of the Guideline (2006) and the ongoing become a lifetime member of the Kathleen Marinaccio, B.F.A watercolor, gouache, and chalk on
talk for her new book Night/Shift in his photographs, titled Blue Night:
world's most prominent religious development of a new Sustainable University of Central Florida’s Graphic Art/Comm-Design ’91, paper.
July 2009 at the Barnes & Noble, Photographs by George Hirose
icons. Infrastructure Guideline. chapter. Mowatt is a design completed her second summer Gisela Romero, M.F.A. ’92,
Tribeca, N.Y., and an artist dialogue (2008), which includes an
with Authur Danto at the New York Thomas D. Faulkner, M.F.A. ’78, Elizabeth Goldberg-Johnson, introduction by Norman Mailer. associate at Massey Communica- of teaching graphic design at participated in the PINTA 09 Art
William Pope L., Foundation Art tions, whose eligibility was based
Public Library in October. She also exhibited his installation, Water M.F.A. ’81, had an exhibition of her Otis College of Art and Design’s Fair, which had exhibitions at both
’73-’74, was one of six finalists for upon his outstanding academic
had an exhibition of her photos Fall, at Saunders Farm in Garrison, paintings in December at Amster- Summer of Art. She wrote the the Altman Building and the
the 2010 Ordway Prize given by performance and his commitment
connected to her new book at N.Y., in October 2009. dam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, course and taught approximately Metropolitan Pavilion in New York
Creative Link for the Arts and the to the study of sociology at the
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New New York City. 36 high school students, ages City. She also exhibited at Galería
New Museum of Contemporary Art Tobi Kahn, M.F.A. ’78, had a solo University of Central Florida.
York City. Myoung Oak Kim, M.S. ’82, 15–20. The program ended with Artepuy in Caracas, Venezuela, at
in New York City. show last fall at the The Museum of
attended a Korean Pratt alumni Rachelle (Gersh) Krieger, B.F.A. a gallery show. Marinaccio has the same time.
Saberah Hafeez Malik, M.I.D. ’73, Stephen Valentine, B.Arch. ’77, Biblical Art, titled “Tobi Kahn: been teaching graphic design
launched his new book in Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century,” party in 2009. Art Direction/Comm-Design ’89, Irwin Gordon-YaShad, M.S.
worked on a labor of love in recently exhibited some of her and computer graphics at Otis
September at Rizzoli bookstore in which displayed 30 recent Lori Nozick, M.F.A. ’82, has Library and Information Science
crafting almost 300 bottles out of paintings at the Susan Eley Fine since January 2003. She is also
Manhattan. In Timeship: The paintings, sculptures, and objects. completed her installation, ’93, presented a lecture, titled “I
fabric remnants and using Arts Gallery in New York City. senior partner, along with Dana
Architecture of Immortality (2009), It was the first exhibition to explore Riverwalk Markers and Monoliths, Want My Daddy’s (and Mommy’s)
discarded bottles from friends’ Moreshead, B.F.A. Graphic Art/
Valentine presents his design for Kahn’s notion of sacred space. which was commissioned by the Marc Van Cauwenbergh, M.F.A. Work Records!–Social Security
recycling bins as molds. The Comm-Design ’90, at Fishbrain,
the Timeship building, which will City of Ferndale, Washington, and ’89, exhibited his new work, Detailed (Itemized) Employment
resulting work was in a solo Lynn Shaler, M.F.A. ’79, had a LLC, a Los Angeles-based, award
serve as the world’s foremost the Ferndale Arts Commission as Together Separate, at the Simon Earnings Statements,” at the
exhibition at Chapel Gallery in one-woman exhibition of her winning creative firm.
laboratory for anti-aging research. public art at the Riverwalk Park Gallery in Morristown, N.J., in International Association of Jewish
Providence, R.I., in summer 2009. etching-aquatints at Gallery 71 in
and Plaza, Nooksack River. Edwin Tatem, B. Eng. ’84, was part January 2010. Genealogical Societies’ 29th
New York City last fall. Annual Conference, held in
of the team from Parsons Brincker-
hoff Michigan that designed and Philadelphia, Pa., in August 2009.
B.F.a. Communications Design ’85, loved her work in advertising and illustration, but by the mid ’90s was
managed the construction activities
for the Rosa Parks Transit Center in 1990s Matthew Mitchell, B.F.A.
Sculpture ’93, will have his portrait,
Detroit, which opened in July 2009. Laurie Belinda Haefele, B.Arch. Rick Yarosh, displayed at the
ready for new challenges. So she left her job at Grey Advertising and retrained for fashion design. for several ’90, was the winner of the award for
Kevin Downs, B.F.A. Painting ’85, is National Gallery of Art through
years she worked with private clients before being hired by the design house Chado Ralph Rucci for freelance currently teaching a documentary Best Sustainable Kitchen at the August 2010. The portrait is one of
sewing and embellishing. Then, after a season of patternmaking for downtown designer Shelley Steffee, she photography workshop, called National Kitchen & Bath Associa- the finalists to be exhibited for one
Coney Island: Different Perspec- tion in Atlanta in spring 2009. The year at the National Portrait Gallery
started developing her ready-to-wear fashion line, Pamela Ptak. This season she presented 17 looks from her
tives, that has students kitchen is part of a new house in as part of the Outwin Boochever
fall/Winter collection as part of New York fashion Week 2010. in february, she was one of 16 design Corona Del Mar, Calif., and
documenting the changing portrait competition. This artwork
contestants among the thousands who auditioned to compete in Season 7 of lifetime television’s hit series, conditions of this historic and demonstrates good practices that comes from Mitchell's 100 Faces of
Project Runway, magical place. other home owners can learn from War Experience project, which was
and may desire in their own sponsored by the Veterans
“i am grateful that my life opened before me in the way it did,” says Ptak, adding: “You must absolutely hold Mary (Rieser) Heintjes, B.F.A. ’79, residences. Education Project of Amherst,
to your personal vision as an artist.” She recalls her study of form, light, anatomy, and fine arts at Pratt to be M.F.A. ’85, is participating in Vol. 4
Mark T. Smith, B.F.A. Illustration Mass. His portraits are a unique
strongly influential on her later work as a designer. A favorite memory of her student days is of meeting her of The Sketchbook Project, a
’90, had an exhibition of new work presentation of the American
collection of artists’ sketchbooks
future husband Scott Hanna, B.f.A. illustration’84, during Pratt’s orientation week in 1982 and later getting at Pop International Gallery/SoHo, experience of the wars in Iraq and
courtesy of lifetime
that will travel as an exhibition to
her illustrations critiqued by all his roommates. The couple now reside in Riegelsville, Pa., not far from the New York City, in August 2009. Afghanistan.
various cities throughout the
CourTesy of LifeTiMe
Baum School of Art in Allentown and Drexel University in Philadelphia, where Ptak teaches courses in United States. It was at 303Grand, a Alex Wilhite, M.F.A. ’90, showed Larry “Robie” Brown, B.F.A.
fashion. revolving storefront in Brooklyn, his paintings, Sunset Time and Painting ’94, Matthew Deleget,
N.Y., in February 2010. Sunset in the Desert, in “Percep- M.S./ M.F.A. ’97, Jeffrey Dreiblatt,
“i have always embraced the beauty of color harmonies that are not American in origin,” Ptak declares. “The tions of Reality,” an exhibition at M.S. Library and Information
Carrie Moyer, B.F.A ’85, received a
global view frees us to reach for connections that we could never have dreamed of just 20 or 30 years ago.” Ico Gallery in New York City in Science ’04, Nicholas Hamilton,
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in
autumn 2009. M.F.A. '09, Robert James, B.Arch.
Painting in the December 2009.
’74, David Jelinek, M.S. Art and
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CLass PRATT PeOPLe
Design Education ’06, Rossana
Martinez, M.F.A. ’96, Brian Ripel,
presented a related workshop at
the 2009 American Library 2000s Tokyo-based boutique, Nubian, to
celebrate Nubian’s fifth year
Monica Paez Perez, M.F.A. ’05, was
part of the collaborative artist team,
Odd Places, a festival in October
B.Arch. ’96, Jean Shin, B.F.A. Association Annual Conference. James Byrne, B.F.A. Art Direction- anniversary. This collaborative Tangrama Collective, who Jacob Selvidio, M.F.A. ’06, was a
Painting ’94, M.S. History of Art ’96, James Hawk Krall, B.F.A. Comm-Design ’00, Karyn Cernera, effort features a T-shirt with presented Contra la validez del participating artist at Hendershot
and Michael Volonakis, B.F.A. ’74, Illustration/Comm-Design ’99, had M.F.A. ’06, Lee Heekin, M.F.A. ’08, Wood’s iconic “Count” taking on espacio (Against Space Validity) at Gallery, New York City, last August.
were all part of an exhibition, a busy 2009 summer. He wrote for Rachel Hines, M.F.A. ’08, Anthony the form of a coloring book- Cámara de Comercio in Bogotá, His photographs were included in a
titled “Partners in Art and Life,” seriouseats.com about lesser Ingrisano, M.F.A. ’08, Richard inspired design. Colombia, in fall 2009. Perez is a video, titled Indecisive Moments:
presented by the Brooklyn Public known regional hot dogs in Hawaii Smith, B.Arch. ’70, and Flint Ronald “Ron” Grosinger, B.I.D. multidisciplinary artist who Photographers Using Video.
Library in September 2009. and drawingforfood.blogspot.com, Weisser, M.F.A. ’08, were ’02, is an alternative fuel teacher in currently lives and works in her
The exhibition, featuring artistic hometown of Bogotá, Columbia. Shannon South, M.I.D ’06, founded
where he shared his various participants in the Patchogue Arts Memorial York High School, in reMade USA in summer 2009 after
couples and how their art culinary journeys of discovery. Biennial exhibition held in October West New York, N.J. As a teacher She will soon be part of an artist
impacts upon each other's lives, residency in Rio de Janeiro. she saw an opportunity to use her
Krall’s illustrations were promoted 2009 at Briarcliffe College, he has worked with his students to skills and newfound knowledge to
was curated by Lynn Saville, on thrillist.com and his comic about Patchogue, N.Y. Beth Giacummo, build full size electric cars. Sharmistha Ray, M.S./M.F.A. ’05,
M.F.A. ’76. be a leader for sustainability in the
apartment living appeared in Big M.F.A. ’09, was co-curator. Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, B.F.A. ’03, was selected as one of 103 Fellows fashion world. Her company
showed his recent work as part of for TEDIndia for 2009. Ray also upcycles used materials to make
the exhibition, “Urban Panoramas,” published two articles in December one-of-a-kind objects.
at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, 2009; one in Vogue India, titled
“Launch Pad,” and the other in Reed Korch, Assoc. in Occupa-
Calif., in February 2010. tional Studies ’07, was a production
Verve, titled “The Business in Art.”
Jeffery Dodson, B.F.A, Computer assistant for the film Pelham 123,
Graphics ’04, spoke on a panel at Kristina “Krissy” Wedo, B.F.A. ’05, which was released in summer
the OFF 2009 festival in Portugal. graphics designer at MZBerger & 2009 and starred John Travolta and
He shared his expertise in sound, Company, was part of a team that Denzel Washington.
composition, and motion graphics. won the 2009 Best New Disney
Sarah Morgan, M.I.D. ’04, had her
Product from the Walt Disney Co. Bibiana Medkova, B.F.A. Photogra-
phy ’07, had her documentary,
seBastIaN “LOu” aMBrOGIO
The award was presented for a line
handbag collection eenamaria on Czech Republic 1998-2008: B. arch. ’76, is vice president of Global Engineering at Pfizer, inc., the
of bubble baths based on Disney
bagtrends.com and celebrated her characters. Perspectives from an Immigrant world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, which he
collaboration with Wathne Ltd. at Child, presented at MediaNoche in joined in 1980 as a construction engineer. Today he has engineering,
SEPTEMBER 15 - NOVEMBER 5, 2009 William Rihel, B.F.A. ’00, had an an August 2009 party. New York City in autumn 2009. maintenance, and utility operational responsibilities for 27 production
CURATED BY LYNN SAVILLE
exhibition, “Lifeboat + William Erin Treacy, B.F.A. Painting ’04, is Philip Duke Riley, M.F.A. ’07, sites across the world. “Nearly 30 years later, i’m still enjoying working
Rihel,” at the Virtuoso Studios in a 2009-2010 awardee for a presented a performance event,
Bau-chu Chen, M.I.D. ’95, designed Funny, a new comics newspaper. Portand, Oregon, in December at Pfizer as much as i did when i first started,” he says. “i have had
Fulbright Fellowship to Ireland. “Those About to Die Salute You,” on
the exterior and interior of the He also contributed to the Las 2009. She will have a painting residency August 13 at the Queens Museum of the opportunity to interact with many cultures around the world and
Luxgen, a Taiwanese car brand. Vegas Weekly with a piece, titled in Ballyvauaghan, where she will Art. Duke flooded one of the have visited more countries than i could ever have imagined.”
Chen is currently chief designer of “The 2012 Radiohead Football Mickalene Thomas, B.F.A. ’00, had
a recent project commissioned by develop her abstract work with remaining structures from the
this project, which includes MPV, Apocalypse,” and his artwork was interpretation of the Irish natural former World’s Fairgrounds in
SUV, and MPV-CEO style of cars. part of a show, titled “2 Pieces & a MoMA, titled Le Dejeuner sur He credits Pratt’s architecture curriculum with training him effectively
l'Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, landscape. Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Biscuit,” in Baltimore, Md. for his subsequent success: Many of the projects he worked on at
Joseph Minuta, B.Arch. ’96, was which will remain in the museum’s Jeremy Alden, M.I.D. ’05, Queens, N.Y., and hosted a
selected as one of Orange County's 53rd Street window until Decem- naumachia, a recreation of an Pratt were based on group effort, which prepared him well for leading
exhibited his 50 Dozen chair at an
2009 Rising Stars. Minuta is lead ber 2010. Thomas also exhibited in exhibition of architecturally ancient Roman naval battle. Art teams later in his career. “Working with Associate Professor Jerzy
architect at Minuta Architecture “Dress Codes: The Third ICP inspired art, modern furniture dignitaries and others were forced Glowczewski in his regional planning courses formed a strong basis
PLLC, the firm he founded eight Triennial of Photography and design, and textiles at FL!PP in San to battle from boats representing for skills i needed in site selection and master planning,” he recalls,
years ago. For the past two years, Video,” at the International Center Francisco, Calif., in December the five boroughs of New York City.
Minuta Architecture has been All of the boats where made directly “and Adjunct Associate Professor Brent Porter, who is still at Pratt,
of Photography in New York City. 2009.
named the fourth largest architec- from materials recovered from the was teaching sustainability before the word was invented.”
tural firm in the Hudson Valley by John Ullman, B.Arch. ’00, and his Samuel Cochran, B.I.D. ’05, Kevin abandoned World’s Fair Ice Rink
the weekly news publication HV New York City-based non-profit, McElroy, B.I.D. ’09, and Diane and trash from the park. Riley also
Architecture for Tibet, hosted Ruengsorn, M.P.S. ’05, were Tracy Llewellyn, B.I.D. ’06, Recently, energy conservation has been an area of key focus for
Biz. The annual Rising Star awards had an exhibition, by the same
are bestowed upon individuals AFT’s first significant fundraiser to presenters at the World Usability recently traveled to Uganda to do name, at the museum in November Ambrogio. His sites have reduced energy consumption by 20% in
under the age of 40 who are leaders generate financial backing and raise Day 2009 Conference held at the volunteer work. Pratt’s Office of 2009. the last two years with a goal of 20% in the next two years. His sites
in the community. awareness about its plans to School of Visual Arts in New York Alumni Relations sent Pratt tote worldwide are using renewable forms of energy and have aggressive
provide aid, via architecture, to the City in November. The conference bags for her to distribute to
Jean Shin, B.F.A. Painting ’94, M.S. children of Manjushree Orphanage children in the schools and villages plans for water conservation. “Through the Pratt Center for
explored the challenge of
History of Art ’96, and Brian Ripel, in Tawang, India in October 2009. sustainable design with leaders in she visited. She volunteered with Community Development i had the unique experience of supporting
B.Arch. ’96, had their sculpture, social entrepreneurship, product 13 others from Forefront Church a sweat equity group in the East Village as they installed the first solar
Transplanted Ornament, exhibited Jeffery Woodbury, M.F.A. ’00,
participated in the exhibition, “The design, and interaction design. and a non-profit program called hot water system in New York City,” he remembers, citing it as an
at the Brooklyn Public Library in LEAD Uganda, an organization that
September 2009. Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Simeon Gilmer, B.F.A. Painting ’05, experience that helped instill the importance of sustainable principles
Explore Cartography,” which was gives children there a chance at a
Hadieh Shafie, M.F.A. ’99, was part was a participating artist in a show, in the operations he is responsible for today.
Amy DiGi Yedowitz, B.F.A. Art and held at the Christopher Henry great education at the best schools
of a visual arts event in July 2009 in titled “Economy,” which was held
Design Education ’96, was part of Gallery in New York City in in Uganda. All the children in the
Baltimore, Md. In autumn 2009, at Compton-Goethals Art Gallery
the “New York Cityscapes” November 2009. program are AIDS orphans, former Born in Sicily, Ambrogio immigrated to the United States as a
Hadieh also participated in various in New York City. The exhibition
exhibition held at the Publicis child soldiers, former child
exhibitions: “Cross-Currents: Brian H. Wood, B.F.A. Fashion was part of a series sponsored by teenager, and attended Pratt at the suggestion of a high school
Healthcare Communications laborers, or former sex slaves. She
Trends in Contemporary Art Design ’01, collaborates with the Northern Manhattan Photogra- substitute physics teacher, who was an alumnus of Pratt’s School of
Group in New York City in summer went there to teach academic and
Media” at Sarah Silberman Art musician Mickey Factz and phy Group.
2009. creative seminars during their Engineering. At the wedding of his Pratt roommate, Jeff Mangiat,
Gallery in Bethesda, Md.; “I RAN summer break.
Susannah “Suskey” Tamarkin, B.f.A. illustration ’75, Ambrogio met his future wife, Cindi, whom he
Home (In America)” at The Fridge
M.S. Library and Information DC in Washington, D.C.; and Eve Mosher, M.F.A. ’06, planted married in 1978. The couple reside in Croton-on-Hudson, New York,
Science ’98, has been chosen as a “Hidden Wounds, Paper Bullets: Save the date friday, September 24, 2010 over 600 plants in 100 modules
through her organization, Seeding
where they raised two boys, francesco (26) and Tom (21).
MetLife Fellow in the Teachers Iranian Contemporary Art” at the
Network Leadership Institute, an the City, with the help of staff and
Grand Central Art Center in School of information and library Science kids from Covenant House New in the ensuing years, Ambrogio has been active in alumni affairs,
honor shared by several hundred Fullerton, Calif.
exemplary public school teachers
Chris Wright, M.F.A. ’99, had his
the 23rd annual pratt inStitute York. She also was invited to be a
Theodore Southern, M.F.A. ’07,
has taught international project management in Pratt’s School of
across the nation. Her action visiting artist at the Eugene Lang
research addresses the impact of piece, Takeout, included in a group naSSer Sharify lecture College at the New School, New captured the second prize in the
Architecture, facilities Management graduate program, and has
chaired his local chapter of the New York Construction Users Council.
the American Association of School exhibition, titled “What's the Rush: York City, where she explored 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge
Topics on Convenience,” at for more information, pleaSe contact the office of alumni visionary and alternative methods sponsored by NASA and Volanz
Librarians’ Standards for the
21st-Century Learner on library California State University, relationS at 718.399.4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org. for urban architecture. The final Aerospace, Inc. The Astronaut
teacher practice. Tamarkin Fullerton in winter 2009. public project was part of Art in Glove Challenge seeks innovative
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glove design concepts to reduce the
effort needed to perform tasks
digitally animated short film, titled
Employee of the Month. Taylor's
film also appeared in the 2009
Brandon Gibbs, B.Arch. ’08, had his
animated film, Peace, Be Still,
screened at the Quickflic London in
SIGGRAPH SpaceTime Competi-
tion in New Orleans, La., and at
2009 MetroCAF, the Metropolitan
Stay connected 1930s 1950s Robert B. Fiala
Master of Fine Arts, 1965
June 2009. The film was a Area College Computer Animation twitter@prattinStitute Ardis W. Hughes Seymour Fiance William E. Farrington
runner-up. It was also screened at Festival in New York City. Pictorial Illustration, 1934 Production Supervision, 1950 Master of Fine Arts, 1968
the California International Talitha James, B.I.D. ’09, won a facebook / linkedin George C. Lay John B. Makinson Alice Imre O’Rourk
Animation Festival in September complimentary space for her Sola Architecture, 1934 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1950 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art and Design
2009 and the Indie Memphis Film desk at the 2009 ICFF exhibition, are you receiving pratt alumni emailS? if not, we
Robert L. Doremus James Robert Byron Education, 1969
Festival in October. courtesy of Bernhardt's ICFF may not have your current email addreSS. email
Studio, and she was featured on the Pictorial Illustration, 1936 Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, 1951
Julia Green, M.I.D ’08, and your name, degree, and year of graduation to
Kandice Levero, M.I.D. ’09, were CBS Early Show in August 2009. Margaret Pitsch Krebs George E. Copeland
grand prize winners in the Jell-O Paraskevas (Paris) Mavroidis,
email@example.com. Costume Design, 1937 Master of Library Science, 1951 Linda Pearl Bynum
Mold competition in June 2009. M.F.A. ’09, animated a short film, Theodore A. Gough, Jr. Nancy Akers Goss Bachelor of Fine Arts, Merchandising, 1970
Kegan Fisher and Elizabeth Divers, which was featured in Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 1939 Master of Library Science, 1951 Kenneth F. Henderek
Kinnmark, both B.I.D ’07, were “Introductions 5” at Irvine
Elizabeth Manchester Lawrence Velkoff Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art and Design
runners up for creativity in the Contemporary Gallery, Washing-
Festival in Los Angeles. Without category of the 2009 SIGGRAPH Dietetics, 1939 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 1951 Education, 1970
same competition. An exhibition ton, D.C. in August 2009 and was
of the winning designs was held included last December in the Arms was also selected for SpaceTime Competition in New Charles T. Morrongiello
screening at the Canadian Film Orleans, and was recently screened Philip Stein Eugene S. Bence
at the Gowanus Studio Space in Electronic Theater at the 2009 Evening School of Science and Technology, 1939 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, 1954 Master of Fine Arts, 1970
Brooklyn, N.Y. SIGGRAPH Asia in Yokohama, Centre's SHORTSNONSTOP at the 2009 Metropolitan Area
Festival, the 11th Puchon Interna- College Computer Animation Donna H. Deasey
Laura Meli, M.F.A. ’08, joined the
ArtTable staff as their new
Naotaka Minami, M.F.A. Digital
tional Student Animation Festival
(PISAF2009) in South Korea, and
Festival (MetroCAF) in New York
1940s Louise Holbert Guanzini
Bachelor of Science, Home Economics, 1954 Bachelor of Architecture, 1971
development and special events Arts ’09, was awarded second prize the 4th Animarte 09 International Justus E. Requa Martin M. Erlebacher
director in October 2009. She will for his thesis film in the movies Oliver Vranesh, B.I.D. ’09, became Industrial Design, 1941 Bachelor of Architecture, 1955 Master of Science, Library and Information
Animation Festival, which will tour junior footwear designer for Fila in Science, 1971
be focusing on national events and category of the 2009 Movies and South America. Without Arms won Korea in January 2010. Harald Tonnessen Eugene “Gene” B. Kaletsky
development efforts, particularly as Stills international competition. First Place in the animation Agnes Karlin Mills
Advertising Design, 1941 Bachelor of Architecture, 1955
they pertain to ArtTable’s The digitally animated short film Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Arts, 1972
upcoming 30th anniversary, was titled Reminiscence, the Place Reynold E. Witte David S. Brown
Photo ren rox
including the annual luncheon and
to Return. Minami was invited to
receive his prize at an awards
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 1941
Charles W. Pelzer
Berthold “Bert” Huebener
Ardyth A. Cope
Deirdre Sargent, B.F.A. Sculpture ceremony in November 2009 in
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1942 Advertising Design, 1956 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1983
’08, created the world's longest Rödermark, Germany. The film was
screened last October in New York Bernard Ehrlich
picnic table, which was exhibited in Jack Borgos, Ph.D.
late October as part of the Voodoo City at 2009 MetroCAF, the Industrial Design, 1943 Bachelor of Architecture, 1957
Fest in New Orleans, La. The Metropolitan Area College
William Carleton Philip J. Kowalski Suzanne Fiol
project was developed for the Life Computer Animation Festival.
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1943 Building and Construction, 1957 Master of Fine Arts, 1990
is Art Foundation/KKProjects. The John Renaud, B.F.A. Fashion
final measurement was 248 feet, 2 Design ’09, created the costumes Ida Ames McKay Henry “Hank” N. Wazan Richard “Rick” Goodwin
1/4 inches, smashing the last world for a music video for the song, Bachelor of Science, Home Economics, 1943 Bachelor of Architecture, 1957 Master of Industrial Design, 1997
record by 122 feet, 1/4 inches. “I Feel Cream,” by the band Michael Solenick Anthony S. Heywood Patricia Dawson-Benson
Taylor Cook, B.F.A. Digital Arts ’09, Peaches. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1943 Master of Library Science, 1958 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting/Fine Arts, 1992
was featured in both the movies and Alek Vacura, M.F.A. ’09, won Best Eunice DeVries Bolt Janet Empie Kane
stills categories of the 2009 Movies
& Stills international competition
Student Animated Short for his
thesis animation, Without Arms,
Industrial Design, 1947 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, 1958 Faculty
for his senior capstone project, a at the 2009 AniMazing Spotlight Bertha Axworthy Gerard Constantine Raitzky Leonard R. Bacich
Illustration, 1948 Bachelor of Industrial Design, 1958 Industrial Design
Eleanor Carper Loecher Samuel F. Arnone Alumnus and former Faculty Trustee
CourTesy of ashLey berger
aNICa taNeJa Illustration, 1948 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 1959 David Lee Crawford
B.arch. ’05, (2nd from left) was married to Kabir Theodore H. Schult Allen L. Carlsen Former faculty, Digital Arts
Kochhar (not pictured) in New Delhi, india, in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1948 Bachelor of Industrial Design, 1959 Robert B. Fiala
february 2010. The Hindu wedding ceremony was Murray V. Belsky Carl J. Lange Media Arts, Alumnus
attended by Pratt friends ashley Berger, B.f.A. Art Advertising Design, 1949 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1959 Richard “Rick” Goodwin
Direction ’06, (far right) from New York, amro Z.
Ghazzawi, B. Arch. ’06 of Saudi Arabia (2nd from
Wales S. Buell, Jr.
Advertising Design, 1949 1960s Alumnus
right), who came from london, and Jacob Keampf, Agnes Geist Hausenbauer Lester Glassner Irving Kriesberg
Bachelor of Library Science, 1949 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Arts Former faculty, Painting
B.f.A., Art Direction ’06 (far left), who came from
Hawaii. and Illustration, 1961 John T. Rice
Hubert E. Kreinheder
Advertising Design, 1949 Leonard R. Bacich School of Architecture
The couple, who spent their honeymoon traveling in
Bachelor of Industrial Design, 1963 James S. Rossant
Japan and Vietnam, will live in a modern two-level David W. Mills
Master of Industrial Design, 1971 Former faculty, Architecture
house in Chattarpur (New Delhi), designed by the Illustration, 1949
Barry S. Herstein
bride to accommodate the groom’s family on one
level and themselves on the other. The bride
Advertising Design, 1949
Bachelor of Industrial Design, 1964 Friends
Lowell Bodger Charles Gwathmey
received her master’s degree in architecture in the
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Advertising Design, 1965 Mary M. Warburg
DRl (Design Research lab) program at the
Architecture Association in london in December
2009 and was one of the few people to receive a Pratt Institute mourns the loss of these individuals who have touched the lives of so many, both within our community and beyond.
Although we will miss their presence, they leave a permanent mark through their contributions to their fields and to society.
distinction that year. Her new husband is working as
a documentary filmmaker in New Delhi. Gifts to Pratt’s Annual Fund can be made to honor the memory of a loved one. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations
and Annual Giving at 718-399-4211 for more information.
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Entries must be received by September 15, 2010. All submitted photos will retain
the copyright of the original photographer. We will contact contestants to
ensure that proper credit is given.
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of yellow called cadmium yellow. Cadmium yellow was originally developed as a
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