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Spring 2017 Visiting Artists Lecture Series
Pratt Institute
Above: Spencer Finch, Mars (Sunrise), 2016. Filters, fixtures, and fluorescent lights, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Above: Spencer Finch, Mars (Sunrise), 2016. Filters, fixtures, and fluorescent lights, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Pratt Institute
Brooklyn Campus
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

www.pratt.edu

January 31: Spencer Finch—Memorial Hall
February 14: Sarah Oppenheimer—Higgins Hall
March 21: Paula Wilson—Higgins Hall
April 11: Steffani Jemison—Higgins Hall

Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus

Free and open to the public

Each year, professional artists are invited to give lectures at Pratt and conduct studio visits with our graduate students. The Visiting Artists Lectures are coordinated by two selected graduate students and overseen by faculty advisers. The goal for the lectures and studio visits is to provide our students with exposure to a wide array of artists working in a variety of fields at various stages in their career.

Some of the past visiting artists include: Nicole Eisenman, Tom Sachs, Aura Satz, Leigh Ledare, Judith Bernstein, Dan Walsh, Kalup Linzey, Keltie Ferris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Diana Al-Hadid, Mary Walling-Blackburn, Michelle Handelman, Phoebe Washburn, Rashaad Newsome, Dora + Maja, Bryan Zanisnik, Nancy Grossman, Guido Van Der Werve, Carrie Schneider, Tamy Ben Tor and Miki Carmi, Peter Saul, Michael Berryhill, Wafaa Bilal, and Catherine Opie.

Pratt Institute’s Department of Fine Arts 2016/17 Visiting Artists Lecture Series is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Robert Lehman Foundation.

Additional support provided by Locanda Vini e Olii.

For more information, please visit www.pratt.edu.

About Pratt Institute’s MFA Program in Fine Arts
Centrally located in Brooklyn’s thriving art community, Pratt’s MFA in Fine Arts immerses students in a culture of contemporary art supported by a faculty of working artists and peers. The graduate curriculum is both rigorous and flexible, allowing wide latitude for interdisciplinary exploration while fostering critical perspectives and a deeper understanding of the histories, issues, and cultural contexts that inform art making today.

Pratt’s MFA degree is in fine arts rather than in a specific discipline. Students build their program of study in consultation with a faculty mentor and departmental advisors. Graduate instruction is offered in a wide range of media, including painting and drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and integrated practices (installation, public art, performance). Beyond departmental courses, MFA students may choose graduate-level electives in any department in Pratt Institute. Concurrent dual degree programs (MS/MFA) are also offered in History of Art and in Art and Design Education.

Participants work in individual studios and are provided access to shared shops and labs, including a fully-equipped wood shop, metal shop, print shop, ceramics studios, darkrooms, and digital labs with high-resolution scanners and printers, as well as dedicated campus galleries. There are many opportunities to show work in a variety of traditional and nontraditional spaces on campus. Each semester, students open their studios to the public and second-year students mount individual thesis shows that are also open to the public. In addition to a regular schedule of studio visits by faculty members, the department’s Visiting Artists Lecture Series brings internationally renowned artists and critics to give public lectures and have individual studio visits with graduate students. In addition, the graduate student group Pratt Artists League (PAL) regularly hosts artists and critics for studio visits and funds other student-run programming and exhibitions.

Pratt’s faculty members in fine arts are distinguished by their achievements, having exhibited internationally as well as receiving major awards from institutions including the Guggenheim Foundation National Endowment for the Arts, Tiffany Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Skowhegan, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Creative Capital, and Art Matters. Pratt’s graduate fine art students come from around the world and are selected for the program based on their promise and preparedness for the intensive and self-directed experience of graduate study.

For more information about our MFA Program, please visit: www.pratt.edu/gradfinearts.

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January 24, 2017