Adjusting to online classes can be challenging! Here are a few tips to get the most out of your experience and connect with your instructor and fellow learners.


1. Review instructor feedback. Make time to review prior feedback and notes before class. Have a list of questions ready to ask about anything that isn’t 100% clear. SCPS instructors will make time for Q&A; they want you to get all you can from your courses! There are no stupid questions, only lost opportunities.

[Provide feedback, too! Let your instructor know if there’s something they did in class that you liked. This will help them improve their online teaching skills—they are looking for ways to engage you.]

2. Take photos of your work. Take photos of your work and share files through Canvas. This also gives you a digital record for the future!

[Feel free to send to photos of your work, photos of you creating your work, or photos of you attending class to Kristen at kdabro13@pratt.edu. We’d love to show prospective students what it’s like to take classes & create at Pratt!]

3. Make sure your files are in the right format. When it’s your time to upload files for a presentation or class assignment, ensure your files are the right type and size for uploading well before class begins so you’re not crunched for time at the last minute.


4. Turn on your camera.

I know. You didn’t brush your hair. However, if you have camera access, use it! It creates a more personal learning experience, allows the teacher to see your reactions, and connects you to other class members. Don’t be a silent observer! You paid for the class; you deserve to get ALL you can from it.

Understand that your instructor may not feel “camera-ready,” either. They are working hard to adjust to the online format. Finding the ideal light/angle may not be at the forefront of their priorities! 

5. Use the chat box. Especially if you don’t have camera access, the chat box can be your best tool for communication. Make sure you are participating! It can also be a good way to get your questions in without interrupting at an inopportune time.

6. Check every tab. View every tab in Canvas—Files, Downloads, & Discussions—so you don’t miss any important content.

7. Capture comments. When instructors make comments on your assignments in Canvas, experiment with the best way to capture them for future reference. One method is to take a screenshot, retitle it, and save it to your class folder.


8. Download course files. Use Google Drive, Base Camp, an external hard drive, or a flash drive to store course files & class recordings after each session. NOTE: OneKey remains “live” for 31 days after a class ends. After that, class access is closed.


9. Network! We cannot emphasize this enough! Not only does this help with class content and assignments, it also creates a community and a networking base for the next stage in your career.

10. Use free search tools. org is a huge, wonderful resource! Download and save whatever is FREE and RELEVANT to your course of study or field of interest.

Special thanks to Roy Pachecano (Lecturer, Pratt SCPS; President, Portico R.E.I. LLC; Assistant Adjunct Professor, Columbia University) for helping out with this post! Roy is an amazing professor with the Pratt School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ Architecture Program.

Around the City: Online Galleries and Digital Collections

Courtesy of The New York Public Library, The New Natural History

At Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, we believe your art and design education isn’t complete without taking advantage of all the incredible art and cultural resources available to you in New York City.  Although we may not be able to currently visit museums and galleries to view exhibitions in person, there are many digital resources available to the general public at no cost. Whether your interests are in motion graphics and sound design, or fashion illustration and metal art, check out our list of must-view digital collections available online from a few of New York City’s most prominent cultural arts institutions.

1. The New Natural History by Richard Lydekker

The New York Public Library (Digital Collections)

The NY Public Library has an extensive digital collections archive featuring the work of prominent and historic writers, poets, photographers, architects, illustrators, painters and designers. The New Natural History digital collection is one of hundreds of digital exhibitions which features over 100 illustrations of wildlife from around the globe that includes pieces from John James Audubon and Mark Catesby to name a few. It’s an impressive collection of historic artwork. To view the complete archive of digital collections: New York Public Library Digital Collections.

2. Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Brooklyn Museum (Digital Collections)

The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum presents a dynamic collection of feminist art work from the last forty years. This digital collection includes over 200 pieces of work from feminist artists, painters, and sculptors featuring work from Faith Ringgold, Hannah Wilke, Dread Scott, Judy Chicago, Ruth Orkin, Dara Birnbaum and more. Selected pieces from collection include artist’s profiles and details about the art work and the artist’s inspirations and aesthetic. An example of this is Faith Ringgold’s piece, Early Works #25: Self Portrait which gives you the feeling of being at the Brooklyn Museum taking in the exhibition in person. To view the complete exhibition and more visit the Brooklyn Museum: The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Courtesy of The MET, Costume Institute Fashion Plates

3. Digital Collections: Costume Institute Fashion Plates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library)

Fashion lovers and enthusiasts, if you’re yearning to view an astounding  collection of historical to modern fashion art pieces from the comfort of your home, make sure to check out the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library digital collection at The MET. Included within this the digital collection is an extensive library of fashion plates, photographs, illustrations, and sketches, organized by date that goes as far back as the early 1600s. If you’re interested in learning more about early 20th century fashion take a moment to view the collection of costume fashion plates from the Women 1922 collection or the Menswear 1930s – Italian collection. To view the complete digital collection of costume fashion plates at The MET Costume Institute:  Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library.

Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum, Russell Wright, Bowl

4. Decorative Arts

Brooklyn Museum (Digital Collections)

The Decorative Arts collection includes an archive of decorative pieces acquired by the Brooklyn museum over the past century. Featuring work from artists that include Edward Lycett, Peter Muller-Munk, and Vladmir Kagan. The collection, according to the Brooklyn Museum, provides a reflection on the evolution in “domestic life and design from seventeenth century to the present.” The more than 17,000 objects showcased in this digital collection include decorative pieces made from a range of materials such as silver, glass and ceramics. To see the complete collection visit the Brooklyn Museum’s website: Decorative Arts.

5. MOMA: The Collection

Museum of Modern Art (Digital Collection)

Indulge your love of contemporary art by perusing through the digital collection available at Museum of Modern Art. Their digital collection features digital versions of many of their current exhibitions which aren’t open to the public. A must see is their 1940s – 1970s collection which includes twenty three galleries of artwork focusing on individual themes and genres. This specific collection features digital versions of the following exhibitions: Action Painting II, New Monuments, and In and Around Harlem. Action Painting II is a fascinating exhibition which showcases the work of abstract expressionist artists like Helen Frankenthaler. View this collection and more on the MOMA’s website: MOMA: The Collection.

6. Sounds Collection

The New Museum (Digital Archive)

The New Museum has an extensive digital sounds collection which features a host of audio and sound recordings that includes artist interviews, performances, lectures & discussions, artworks, oral histories, and audio guides dating back as far as 1975. One of the most recent additions to their digital sounds collection is an interview with artist Carmen Argote who recently exhibited her work at the New Museum: Carmen Argote in Conversation with Curator Margot Norton. Explore and listen to the complete collection of sound types available online at the New Museum: Sounds Collection.

For information about digital art and design archives at Pratt Institute visit the Pratt Libraries website.  Subscribe to DESIGNTERRA to stay up-to-date on all the latest content.


Spring at Pratt SCPS – A Roundup of Events, Programs and Workshops

Courtesy of Daniel Terna

Next week the spring semester officially kicks off at Pratt Institute. With the official start of the spring semester just days away, we at Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) would like to invite current and prospective students to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered through our spring programming.

There are a plethora of exciting courses, events and workshops occurring this spring at Pratt SCPS to keep you busy and inspired throughout the spring season. With the flowers blossoming and the days getting longer, why  not make the most of this spring. If you’d like to learn a new skill or sharpen your current skill sets,  explore one of the extensive array of programs offered this semester which include sustainable design, branding and digital marketing, exhibition design, perfumery, digital design, fashion new media, fine art, furniture design and much more. For a complete overview of the spring programs check out: Certificate Programs.

To accompany your studies this semester make sure to check out the campus wide events and activities taking place during these next few months at Pratt. A few upcoming events on the horizon at Pratt SCPS include  a Perfumery Workshop, Fragrance Day and Green Week. In addition to this, for those who enjoy traveling, keep reading to learn about two incredible upcoming study abroad trips taking place this May in Paris and Barcelona through Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Courtesy of Saskia Kahn

Perfumery Workshop  (Pratt Manhattan)

On Thursday, January 23rd, at 6:30 PM, Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies will be presenting an exciting Perfumery Workshop in collaboration with Cinquième Sens. This workshop will feature Pratt faculty members Raymond Matts, the founder of The Art of Perfumery and Pamela Vaile, the President of Pamela Vaile Consulting LLC. Guests will have the opportunity to learn a bit about the perfumery field from these two visionary experts and get a glimpse of the Advanced Perfumery Certificate program at Pratt SCPS taking place this spring. For more information about this event or to buy tickets to attend: Perfumery Workshop.

Green Week (March 2020)

Every year during the month of March, Green Week takes place across campus.  Pratt Institute participates in this  week-long event which helps to encourage and support environmental awareness and sustainability. Throughout Green Week, a schedule of campus-wide events and programs will take place which include panel discussions, film screenings, faculty lectures and presentations, undergraduate and graduate student exhibitions,  yoga classes and much more. For more information about Green Week including a list of all of the events taking place visit the Pratt Sustainability Coalition

Courtesy of Daniel Corneschi

Study Abroad Trips (May 2020)

During the month of  May,  Pratt SCPS will be offering two incredible study abroad trips: Urban Sketchers in Barcelona and Paris Fragrance Odyssey. If you’re passionate about drawing and sketching sign up for the urban sketching trip. Led by artist and esteemed Pratt faculty member, Mark Leibowitz. Students will have the opportunity to  explore Barcelona and take in  the city’s incredible architecture through sketching and drawing. To learn more about this exciting upcoming trip: Urban Sketchers In Barcelona. Perfumery and fragrance lovers are invited to join us for the Paris Fragrance Odyssey in collaboration with Cinquième Sens. Students will have the opportunity to discover the secrets and history of the fragrance field in the city that houses some of the oldest perfumery establishments in the world.  To learn more about this once in a lifetime trip visit: Paris Fragrance Odyssey .

For more information about events and programs taking place across both the Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses this fall check out the Pratt Events Calendar.

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Around the City this Fall and Winter

Jewelry For America Exhibition, Courtesy of The MET

We are just one week away from Thanksgiving which means it’s  officially the holiday season in New York City.  This time of year is arguable one of the best times to explore the city and visit many of the incredible art, design and architecture events and exhibitions taking place throughout the city.

At Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies,  we believe it’s important for students to make the most of their down time while studying at Pratt and explore all of the wonderful things this city has to offer. Here’s a roundup of what we consider to be the ten must-see exhibitions and events taking place this fall and winter around the city.

1. Jewelry For America

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Through April 5, 2020

November 18th through the 24th is NYC Jewelry week and what better way to celebrate then by visiting the Jewelry For America  exhibition at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features a collection of one hundred American jewelry pieces, objects, paintings and artifacts from the last three hundred years. Highlighting the progression and evolution of jewelry styles, techniques and materials since the 18th century.  Make sure to catch this incredible exhibition this holiday season before it closes in early 2020.

2. Jason Moran

Whitney Museum of American Art: Through January 5, 2020

Take a journey through the world of jazz and visual arts with Jason Moran in his self titled exhibition currently on display at the Whitney Museum. This exhibition features a fascinating display of work that covers sculptures, drawings, collaborations and performances. It also highlights Moran’s approach to art creation and how he infuses various elements of visual and performing arts to create dynamic works of art. There’s still time to visit this enchanting exhibition at the Whitney Museum before it closes in January, 2020.

Raquel Welch, circa 1967. Courtesy of The Brooklyn Museum

3. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

Brooklyn Museum:  Through January 5, 2020

Imagine taking a journey back to the late 1960’s, 70’s and early 80’s, when the bold and futuristic fashions that defined Pierre’s Cardin’s seminal era took shape. Explore the history of this fashion innovator’s illustrious career in the fashion world from his time at Dior to the present. The Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum allows visitors the chance to reflect on the immense impact Cardin had on the field of contemporary fashion design.  The exhibition is truly like being brought back into some of the most pivotal moments in fashion history. Displaying over 170 objects drawn from the archives. This exhibition will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum through January, 2020.

4. Vera Paints a Scarf

Museum of Arts and Design: Through January 26, 2020

The Vera Paints a Scarf exhibition at the MAD Museum is an inspiring collection of work produced by acclaimed visual artist and designer Vera Neumann. This exhibition includes an assortment of paintings by Vera Neumann and hundreds of objects from both her fashion and home and lifestyle collections. The Vera Paints a Scarf exhibition will be a visual feast for your eyes that showcases the immense legacy Neumann had on American design and art. Make sure to add this exhibition to your winter break  to do list  before it closes in late January 2020.

5.  Haegue Yang: Handles

Museum of Modern Art: Through April 12, 2020

Currently on exhibition at the MOMA is this innovative collection of sculptures by multimedia artist, Haegue Yang. Handles, features a multimedia installation of six sculptures surrounded by steel bars mounted on the walls of the exhibition space. The exhibition also includes light displays and sound arrangements to enhance and complement the experience of the exhibition. Handles provides an exploration of the ways common objects like handles have a consistent place in our everyday lives. This incredible multimedia exhibition will be on view through spring 2020.

Carmen Argote, As Above, So Below, Courtesy of New Museum

6. Carmen Argote: As Above, So Below

New Museum : Through January 5, 2020

Mexican American artist Carmen Argote presents an inspiring collection of work in her latest exhibition at the New Museum. As Above, So Below features a collection of recent paintings and a sculptural installation created while Argote was completing  residencies in Guadalajara. The pieces in this exhibition collection feature fragments of the natural environment as well as surrounding architecture. It’s an captivating exhibition that is worth experiencing first hand. Make sure to check out these pieces in person at the New Museum this winter.

7. The World of Anna Sui

Museum of Arts and Design: Through February 23, 2020

The World of Anna Sui is an exciting presentation of one hundred completed looks from the acclaimed American designer Anna Sui. This exhibition follows her progression from her early collections to the present and the journey her label has taken over these last few decades. In addition to this, the exhibition highlights Anna Sui’s impact on American fashion as well as her influence on the garment and textile industry.  The World of Anna Sui exhibition is a must see for visual artists, fashion designers and those with an appreciation for textiles and patterns. Catch this fascinating exhibition before it closes in February  2020.

The Seated II (2019), Wangechi Mutu, Courtesy of The MET

8. Wangechi Mutu – The NewOnes, will free Us

The MET Fifth Avenue: Through January 12, 2020

Acclaimed Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu presents this remarkable exhibition of sculptural work created specifically for The Met. This exhibition features four sculptures, which are representational of her critical approach to creating art work with pointed focus on gender and racial politics. As noted by The Met, The NewOnes, will free Us, encapsulates one of this acclaimed artist’s most significant collections of work. Check out these incredible sculptures in person at The Met this winter.

9. Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window

Museum of Modern Art: Through January 4, 2020

This fall the MOMA presents an exhibition featuring the works of acclaimed African American artist Betye Saar.  The Legends of Black Girl’s Window features a collection of over 40 rare print works of art from Saar. This exhibition examines Saar’s early foray into the world of printmaking, exploring themes related to family, history, and mysticism. Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this rare collection of Beyte Saar’s earliest printmaking artwork before the exhibition closes in January.

10.  Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power

Rubin Museum of Art: November 8, 2019 – May 4, 2020

Truth to Power is the an insightful exhibition featuring the work of prominent Bangladeshi photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam. The exhibition features a collection of over 40 photographs showcasing Alam’s remarkable career as a photographer. The images included in this exhibition feature Shahidul Alam’s experiences and journey’s throughout South Asia, highlighting both daily life, turbulence and activism. Truth to Power is a  must see exhibition for photographers, visual artists and those passionate about resistance and activism. Make sure to visit the Rubin Museum this holiday season to view this phenomenal exhibition.

In addition to these amazing events taking place across this city, check out the upcoming events taking place across Pratt Institute this fall and winter:  Events Calendar.

This Fall at SCPS – A Snapshot of What’s to Come

Courtesy of Karla Alexander

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves begin to change color and the days get shorter which undoubtedly heralds the beginning of the fall season. Although the days will be getting shorter and colder, there are a plethora of exciting events and programs occurring this fall at Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies to keep you busy and inspired throughout the fall season.

Last week the fall semester kicked off at Pratt Institute and classes are officially back in session. This semester SCPS is offering an extensive schedule of fall programming for adult learners interested in taking advantage of one of the most lively time periods in New York City. For a complete overview of the fall programs being offered visit  our main website: Certificate Programs.

To accompany your studies this fall why not take advantage of the wide variety of campus events and activities taking place during these next few months at Pratt which include Blue Week, Archtober,  and The Future Of Fragrance panel. Keep reading to learn about a few of the most noteworthy events happening on campus during September and October.

Courtesy of Pratt Institute

The Future of Fragrance

On Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm   The Future of Fragrance Panel will be taking place at the Pratt Manhattan Center. This must-see panel event will feature leading experts in the fragrance industry in a discussion about changes in the fragrance market as it has evolved over many years. Each panelist will be contributing a unique perspective to the discussion based on their individual backgrounds. The four industry experts are: Pamela Vaile, President of Pamela Vaile Consulting LLC; Raymond Matts, the founder of The Art of Perfumery; Raymond Matts, Founder, The Art of Perfumery; Kate Greene, Creative Director of Our House a creative marketing agency that analyzes consumer trends; and Herve Pierini, Head of Sales for Firmenich North America Fine Fragrance.  For more information about this event or to buy tickets to attend: The Future of Fragrance.

Blue Week (October 1st – 6th)

In just a few shorts weeks Blue Week begins at Pratt Institute. Every year at the end of September and beginning of October, Pratt Institute participates in this  week-long event which helps to encourage and support environmental awareness and sustainability. Throughout Blue Week, a schedule of campus-wide events and programs will take place which include panel discussions, film screenings, presentations, yoga classes and much more. The goal of Blue Week is to highlight the global significance of water and the  importance of preserving this vital natural resource as well as encouraging a continual dialogue about the importance of sustainability.  This year’s Blue Week schedule of events includes: Material Modification: Refashioning Ocean Plastics, a panel discussion featuring experts in the design field, Water-Inspired Yoga for the Planet,  and Rising Seas: Gotham on the Edge  a presentation and panel featuring Ted Steinberg. For more information about Blue Week including a list of all of the events taking place visit the Pratt Sustainability Coalition

Courtesy of Daniel Libeskind Studio

Daniel Libeskind: Edge of Order (October 15th)

On October 1st, Archtober commences in New York City.  This year world renowned Architect and Designer, Daniel Libeskind will be a guest speaker at Pratt Institute on October 15th. Libeskind will be discussing his latest projects and his most recent book, Edge of Order.   On top of being a sensational architect and artist, Daniel Libeskind is a visionary whose work has immensely influenced the field of architecture and urban design. One of his countless accomplishments includes being the master planner for the World Trade Center Development.  To hear all about this historic project and more outstanding achievements from Daniel Libeskind and his studio, make sure to reserve a ticket to attend his presentation on October 15th at Pratt.

For more information about events taking place across both the Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses this fall check out the Pratt Events Calendar.

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Hank Ehrenfried: Been and Gone

Courtesy of Hank Ehrenfried

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Gallery is excited to present, Been and Gone, featuring the work of Artist and Pratt Alumnus, Hank Ehrenfried. This exhibition will be on display from July 8th through the beginning of September. We are honored to work with Hank to showcase his exceptional art work. Keep reading to learn more about Hank Ehrenfried, his background and professional journey, and his inspirations.

Pratt SCPS: What motivated you to pursue a career in art?

Hank Ehrenfried: It’s a cliche but it never occurred to me that I should really do anything else. It’s always been the objective. And very early on I had a lot of really excellent teachers who made the possibility of that feel real and exciting.

Pratt SCPS: How would you describe your artistic aesthetic and what materials do you use?

Hank Ehrenfried: I’m a painter. And I use oil paints because I like to eat. As for aesthetic, I aspire to some sort of intersection between Jim Hodges’s poetic sensibility and Giorgio Morandi’s capacity to make a still image appear as if it might explode if just one edge is moved. I’m extremely sentimental so much so that it teeters on the edge of fault maybe. I guess that’s for someone else to decide.

Pratt SCPS: What has been the most important lesson for you as a working artist?

Hank Ehrenfried: Patience, definitely. By nature I can be pretty impatient which causes me to rush so finding ways day-to-day to hold my own focus is critical and ever-changing.

Courtesy of Hank Ehrenfried

Pratt SCPS: How has your art work and technique evolved over time?

Hank Ehrenfried: From late 2011 until the summer of 2018 I was making abstraction. At their best they were active and balanced and pretty unafraid in their color. Towards the end I started to hit all these barriers where I felt like the form was becoming a huge blockade for what I was trying to say and felt like I had been saying with some success previously. To counter that, I started making more rules for myself about the composition and the palette. I liked abstraction and still do like it as a vehicle for obscuring.

I’ve always thought of it as a veil or a gate of sorts but by last May it all became very opaque. I started working from photography because a good photograph solves the problems I had been trying to fix in abstraction by adding more rules – color, form, composition, divisions in space and illusion. I experienced a few deaths in my family as well last Spring that shifted the confidence I have in my own voice and it suddenly became important that what I have to say be said very directly. Figuration felt like the best way to be direct where I have to look at what I am making in a forward-facing sort of way as to opposed to previously which was more like periodic glances.

Pratt SCPS: What inspired the work that was created for this exhibition?

Hank Ehrenfried: All of the work comes from photography. They’re either from an archive of my own family’s photos or photos I’ve taken myself. I guess I’m sort of interested in how a camera is maybe as “bad” at seeing as we are, that it’s a sight that is equal to our own and just as fraught. I try not to overthink that too much because I’m simply not that bothered that they read as being from snapshots.

This work is very linked to my paternal grandmother who passed away last year. She was a Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust. Being so close to that history, a lot of what is so remarkable and gruesome about those years of her life has a different kind of urgency when held up against all the life she lived after and how it was comfortable and safe and ordinary. I know all of that meant a lot more to her than it might have to most. She spent almost the last 30 years of her life recounting her experience of WWII. As we enter a time where those witnesses are no longer here, I feel it’s urgent we reevaluate our relationship to that history and how we continue to carry it into the future. There are a lot of problems associated with trying to speak for that portion of her life and her real experience of it, from 1939 through her liberation.

For me, all of that is now a thing to be cherished and guarded because she and others did the difficult work of documenting and archiving it, and of facing it over and over again. I think it’s important that her presence continues to be felt but I can only speak with some authority about the triumph of her life that came after. That’s the portion I’m a part of. She knew better than anyone that surviving the war was all arbitrary and so it’s what came after that reflected more of who she was before and after. Going forward, I’d like to lean a bit more on my own point of view as opposed to strictly trying to be a filter for hers.

Courtesy of Hank Ehrenfried

Pratt SCPS: As a recent Pratt Alumni, what part of the Pratt experience do you reflect on the most?

Hank Ehrenfried: My peers. Building a cohort was a crucial part of my decision to go back to school and pursue an MFA. Also, Linda Francis, my thesis advisor from my second year, who just retired. There were many times where I think she had greater confidence in my intellect than I did.

Pratt SCPS: Lastly, what message(s) do you hope to express to your audience through your art work?

Hank Ehrenfried: I recently got to hear Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” performed live, which was a piece of music he composed about riding trains coast to coast as a child to visit his divorced parents during WWII. Those train rides informed his upbringing and it wasn’t until adulthood that he realized, as a Jew, had he been in Europe, his childhood would have still been informed heavily by long train rides. And so while he feels this strong empathetic and urgent connection to this other experience, he also knows it’s not his to speak about with any kind of authority. “Different Trains” is the barrier he creates between his lived experience, his feelings of empathy and connection to a trauma, and reconciling the hopelessness of that position despite the depth and urgency of his feeling.

That’s the sort of barrier I want to highlight for a viewer in my own work, that you don’t have to imagine yourself where you weren’t or aren’t. The task of not imagining yourself someplace you were not or cannot possibly be as a means to understand is difficult but informative. The fraught nature of your present position is incredibly valuable in how you move the past through your present and into the future.

For more info about Hank and his exceptional work visit his websiteLearn more about his upcoming exhibition at the SCPS Gallery.

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Around the City this Spring and Summer

Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat Exhibition, Courtesy of The Guggenheim

As the international center of art, media, business, and culture, New York City has uniquely positioned itself as the place to be in order to make big things happen. This sprawling metropolis is not only known for producing some of the world’s greatest artists, architects and designers, but it has a way of magnetically drawing masters in these fields from far and wide to its streets for opportunities to network, study, exhibit, or simply explore.

At Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, we believe an art and design education is an exceptional resource to have at your disposal, however, learning isn’t limited to just the classroom. There is so much available to explore and experience in New York City. Here’s a roundup of ten must-see exhibitions and events taking place this spring and summer around the city.

1. Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: April 19 – August 4, 2019

This past Fall, the Guggenheim announced Simone Leigh as the recipient of their 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, whose work will be on display this spring – summer season at the museum. Simone Leigh is an acclaimed African-American female artist whose resume spans the fields of sculpture, video, performance and programming. She is the first artist of African descent to win this award and her exhibition, Loophole of Retreat,  currently featured at the Guggenheim, examines the black female experience as well as the history of black female labor and resistance.

2. Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s

Whitney Museum: March 29 – August 2019

Color is the palate of our existence. From generation to generation painters and artists have been able to use color to redefine the way we experience the world that surrounds us. This summer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, take a journey back to the 1960s with, Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s. This exhibition is a must-see for all types of creatives and will be on display at the Whitney through August.

3. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die (Punk Graphics, 1976 – 1986)

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD): April 9, 2019 – August 18, 2019

Imagine taking a journey back to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, when provocative punk rock designs and art work made their mark on the underground art and music scene in big cities. The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) takes you on such a journey this summer with their exhibition, To Fast to Live, To Young to Die. Rediscover the artistry of punk  graphics and illustrations and the legacy this era had on contemporary art and design through the vantage point of this exhibition.

The World Between Empires Exhibition, Courtesy of The Met Museum

4. The World Between Empires: Art and Identity In The Ancient Middle East

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Now – June 23, 2019

Embark on a voyage back in time with The World Between Empires exhibition at The Met this June. This exhibition  features pieces from museums from around the world and draws parallels between the cultural, religious, and historical traditions that influenced the jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and ceramics from the period of the Roman and Parthian Empires.

5. Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD): March 21 – July 21, 2019

This summer visit MAD Museum for an exhibition that examines the complexity of the many realities we experience in the post Y2K era. Non-Stick Nostalgia  is currently on display at MAD Museum through the end of July and features  the work of twenty-six contemporary jewelry artists from around the world. Showcasing  jewelry pieces that explore not only the tension between the virtual and the physical, but how different textures like plastic have informed the way we conceptualize design.

6. Garry Winogrand: Color

Brooklyn Museum: May 3 – December 8, 2019

Come view this collection of rarely seen color photographs shot by acclaimed American photographer, Garry Winogrand at the  Brooklyn Museum this summer. This exhibition, titled Garry Winogrand: Color, explores Winogrand’s expeditions through New York City and beyond from the viewfinder of his camera. Documenting the experiences of Americans during the 1950’s – 60’s and the cultural and social movements that defined those time periods.

7. Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

The Met Breur: June 4 – September 29, 2019

On June 4th, The Met Breur will be exhibiting Phenomenal Nature, an exhibition showcasing the work of Indian artist and sculptor, Mrinalini Mukherjee. This exhibition will feature sixty pieces by this exceptional female artist and illuminate how greatly the natural world influenced her work throughout her lifetime.

Photo by Ben Gancsos, Courtesy of The Whitney Museum

8. Whitney Biennial 2019

Whitney Museum of American Art: May 17 – September 22, 2019

It’s that time of year again, when the Whitney Museum brings together a group of highly talented artists to showcase and exhibit their work through the Whitney Biennial 2019. This year’s Biennial will feature a group of over seventy five diverse contemporary artists from around the globe, whose work includes paintings, film and video, photography, installations, performances and much more.

9. CAMP: Notes on Fashion

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: May 9 – September 8, 2019

This past May, The Met Costume Institute presented their spring 2019 fashion exhibition CAMP: Notes on FashionWhich will features the work of contemporary fashion designers and brands, through an exploration of ‘camp’ as a fashion aesthetic. Almost two hundred pieces will be on display, ranging from menswear and womenswear, to painting, drawing and sculptures. This innovative exhibition will be on display through September.

10. Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD): May 2 – September 15, 2019

Explore the world through the eyes of Roger Brown this summer at MAD Museum. This exhibition will feature a collection of Brown’s paintings created during the final chapter of his art career. As noted by MAD, “the exhibition lays out Brown’s process through the objects he collected and the spaces he created for and with them.” Painters and Illustrators alike will especially get a kick out of attending this event.

In addition to these amazing events taking place across this city, check out Pratt Institute’s events calendar to see what’s happening this spring and summer at Pratt SCPS and across both Pratt campuses.

Melissa Staiger: In The Fountain

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The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Gallery is excited to present, In The Fountainfeaturing the work of exceptional artist, Melissa Staiger. This exhibition will be on display beginning on May 28th and will continue until the end of June. We are honored to work with Melissa to showcase her magnificent work. She is our artist spotlight for the month of June.  Keep reading to learn more about this artist, her techniques and inspirations.

Melissa Staiger’s Artist Statement:

I work with various materials that vary greatly in scale and construction. Consistently you will see bold color, texture, gesture that holds sensitivity and harmony among its parts. Collage and assemblage are key mediums that guide my playful process of seeing the possibilities before making a choice of composition.

Moving paint around is a sensual experience for me. The marks that I make in the form organic shapes and curves are painted to express a constant state of flow. Color is a potent expression and medicine.

Melissa Staiger, Surface Reflection

In 2013, I was nominated to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency. The staff graciously took us to the massive metal scrap yard where Rauschenberg would find materials for his works. I started playing with scraps that I hadn’t thought of using before. A green metal piece became a major key player in my understanding on how found objects can give the surface of a painting so much 3D texture. This put me on a path of creating many assemblages with various materials.

All of these experiences I took back to the studio and my work. Combining physical objects with paint adds another dimension to my art. From the most expensive tubes of paint to a broken tile found on the floor, both hold an energy and vibration of color. I carefully arrange objects, shapes, lines, and colors. I pay attention to the relationships, patterns, and shifts of movement. I arrange them in my works and play around with it.

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I need time to immerse, experiment, listen, and draw in my sketchbook to push my work further. In this creative process, I control what I produce and can deem myself authentic as the creator. In my creative process, circles, mark making, collage, painting, assemblage, and texturizing are taking me to a path of color, structure, and layering. I love the hard edge, and making marks and using color as the structure in my work opens up a glimpse of understanding that I crave within my inner self. When I am able to use my entire body and make sweeping marks on the floor, I am reaching for a composition to form. Then suddenly, the work feels right and then I have a moment of accomplishment right before I release it into the world.

For more info about Melissa  Staiger and her exceptional work visit her website. This upcoming summer Melissa will be teaching a few courses at  Pratt Institute including Materials And Techniques, a Five – Week Summer Intensive, beginning on June 3rd, that will explore  a variety of different media used in art creation.