March 24, 2017

What you learn while you’re here 

Pratt Institute
Ella Desmond, What a Ham, 2017. Performance, 68 x 40 x 30 inches.

Selected works by second-year MFA candidates from Pratt Institute’s Fine Arts program curated by Kalia Brooks

What you learn while you’re here is the fourth installment of the Pratt Institute, Department of Fine Arts curated MFA exhibition. The show includes work from fifteen selected 2nd year MFA candidates. These students are working in a range of media that incorporates painting, installation, video, performance and mechanical sculpture. The work on view in this show exemplifies the productive effort of MFA students as they use the space of art school to expand the tenacity of their practice. –Kalia Brooks, PhD and independent curator.

What you learn while you’re here

Works by: Annalisa Barron, Hannah Berry, Yingqian Cao, Ella Desmond, Sarbani Ghosh, Sabetty Heyaime, Junchen Huang, Taylor Kennedy, Dulphe Pinheiro Machado, Chip McCall, Megan Porpeglia, Hyunjung Rhee, ChaiYing Wang, Lauren Williams, Yuxiao Yang

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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.

About Pratt Institute’s MFA program in Fine Arts

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 the 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 non-traditional spaces on campus. Each fall, 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 Artist Lecture Series brings internationally renowned artists 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 received 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.

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