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March 30, 2010

Pratt Manhattan Gallery announces Design Competition for Mobile Voter Registration and Info Center

Pratt Institute
Pratt Manhattan Gallery Mobile Voter Registration and Info Center Design Competition
The competition will have a deadline of June 15, 2010; winning entries will be announced on July 9, 2010.

The competition is open to all. Download the entry instructions and form http://www.pratt.edu/about_pratt/visiting_pratt/exhibitions/competitions

All submissions, including the three winning entries, will be displayed as part of an exhibition that will be on display from August 31 through September 7 at the gallery, which is located at 144 West 14th Street.

The winning entries will be selected by Nick Battis, Pratt Institute director of exhibitions; Eleanor Heartney, arts writer, curator, and cultural critic; Larry Litt, writer, performer, and producer; and Robert Storr, noted art critic and dean of the Yale School of Art.

“We see this competition as a way to spark public interest in something that is traditionally associated with brown folding tables and wire racks full of pamphlets. There’s so much opportunity to improve how registration and campaign information are being presented, and we’re looking to artists and designers to run wild with their ideas and make it exciting,” said Litt. “This competition is especially important in a city like New York, where so much of its energy is fueled by visually compelling design,” he added.

The designs should be:
• light weight and portable
• able to collapse/fold into an area no larger than 3 x 3 x 3 feet
• able to be set up and taken down by one person.

Judging criteria include:
• attractiveness of booth design
• budget feasibility
• function
• collapsibility, storage, and transportability

The three winners will be awarded cash prizes of 500 USD, 400 USD, and 300 USD along with 1000 USD stipends for the fabrication and shipment of their winning designs.

The winning entries will be fabricated by the winners and utilized by volunteers of the gallery in a non-partisan voter registration drive on the streets, parks, and other public locations throughout New York City from September 15 through October 1, 2010. After October 1, 2010, the centers will tour with non-partisan information on candidates running for office.

For more information, please call 212-647-7778 or email [email protected] More information on the competition, including a complete list of deadlines, is available at http://www.pratt.edu/exhibitions. Add Pratt Manhattan Gallery on Facebook by searching “Pratt Manhattan Gallery” and follow Pratt Exhibitions on Twitter at “PrattGallery.”

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