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May052011

FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS AND NOTES

Ajmal Aqtash, adjunct assistant professor, Undergraduate Architecture, and research director at the Center for Experimental Structures at Pratt, was awarded the 30th annual Architectural League Prize.  He will receive the prestigious award during an evening of lectures on Wednesday, June 22, at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design along with fellow winners Unchung Na, William O’Brien Jr., Richard Sarrach, Tamaki Uchikawa, and Sorae Yoo.

Lonn Combs, former assistant and acting chair, Undergraduate Architecture, was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. The Rome Prize is presented annually to approximately 30 individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to further their artistic and scholarly endeavors at the Academy. 

Sheila Goloborotko, visiting instructor, Associate Degree Programs, had her work, Silk Is Soft: Life Is Hard, featured in the group show, titled “Landscape of Memories” at Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn. Her site-specific installation, created from hand-cut aluminum, paper, and painted linoleum, reflected upon the silkworm moth as the source of beautiful silk. 

Chris Kasik, director of Residential Life, Robert Langhorn, adjunct associate professor, Industrial Design, and Julie Torres Moskovitz, visiting assistant professor, Interior Design, were selected to speak at the Summer 2011 Association of College and University Housing Officers International Convention in New Orleans. They will present a talk, titled “Pratt Institute Living Lab, Sustainable Residence Hall Living,” that gives an overview and lessons learned from the Willoughby Hall 1702 Residence Hall room re-design/renovation project.  The project began as a Sustainable Design class taught in the departments of Industrial and Interior Design with Residential Life and Housing serving as the client.

Lara Kohl, adjunct assistant professor, Digital Arts, had work featured in the exhibition “Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven” at Bennington College’s Usdan Gallery. Presented by the Bureau for Open Culture, a nomadic institution for the contemporary arts, the exhibition explores the passage of time, and borrows its name from an album of the same name by British pop band Love and Rockets. This is the second site of the exhibition, which previously showed at Columbus College of Art and Design’s Canzani Center Gallery.

Marsha Morton, professor, History of Art and Design, was awarded a summer stipend from the National Endowment of Humanities. The $6,000 grant will be used to conduct research in Berlin and Leipzig on the final chapter of Morton's book on the German printmaker Max Klinger. Morton also presented a paper, "'Depths and Paradoxes': Max Klinger and the Construction of German Modernism," at the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians from March 30-April 2 at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Morton was recently elected to serve as president for three years of the national organization, Historians of German and Central European Art, which is an affiliated society of the College Art Association.

Multiple Pratt faculty and students participated in the 2011 Foundations in Art Theory and Education (FATE) Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, from March 30 through April 2, 2011. This year’s conference was titled "On Stream.” The artwork of Mark O'Grady, professor, Associate Degree Programs, was included in FATE’s National Juried Members Exhibition and was displayed at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. In conjunction with the FATE Biennial Conference, FATE sponsored a virtual International Juried Foundation Exhibition of student work that featured Pratt Institute Associate Degree students James Peterson (’12), Erwin “Tres” Roemer (’12), and Ru-Mei Shieh (’12). All three students exhibited work completed while students in Professor O'Grady's Light, Color, and Design class this past fall 2010.

Charles Stewart Parker, chair of AOS Program, Associate Degree Programs/Continuing and Professional Studies, participated in a panel, titled “Re:View Effect of Portfolio Review in Foundations,and delivered a talk, called  “e:ViewThe Electronic Portfolio Portal,” which questioned portfolio review and its effect on teaching. 

Sheila Pepe, special assistant to the dean for academic affairs, Art and Design, recently led a Skowhegan walk at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 30, where she spoke to tour participants about finding inspiration in works from the Arms and Armor, American Sculpture, and Gubbio Studio collections. Pepe is now represented by Sue Scott Gallery in Manhattan, and her latest installation, "Common Sense" was recently reviewed by Newcity Art.

Vanessa Rocco, adjunct assistant professor, History of Art and Design, will see a second printing of the book she co-edited with Elizabeth Otto, The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s (The University of Michigan Press, 2011) due to the initial printing’s sellout in just five weeks. 

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