The ten artists who will participate in Pratt>FORWARD 2022 were selected from an open call. Launched by Pratt Fine Arts in 2021, Pratt>FORWARD connects creative thought leaders with emerging artists to help them navigate the art world and create their own opportunities and communities. The month-long program will take place in October at Newlab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with Pratt>FORWARD artists creating work in its state-of-the-art facilities.
Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, Taisha Carrington, Jennifer Chia-Ling Ho, Mario Joyce, Kirsten Leach, Kristyn McKinney, Sajjad Musa, Mieyoshi Ragernoir, Vessna Scheff and Yamico will all be part of the second edition of the program. Selected artists include recent Pratt graduates as well as other emerging artists working innovatively in all media, with sculpture, film, performance, installation, painting, collage and drawing involved in their interdisciplinary and community practices.
Pratt>FORWARD is co-directed by Mickalene Thomas, BFA Fine Arts ’00, and Chair of Fine Arts Jane South.
“We are thrilled to have such a diverse and talented cohort join us for Pratt > FORWARD 2022 in October,” said South. “One of the main missions of Pratt>FORWARD is to create a community among emerging artists. We will also connect our new cohort with former Pratt > FORWARD 2021 artists with the aim of creating more opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing and mutual support.
“We are thrilled to continue Pratt > FORWARD for a second year with this new group of talented cohorts,” said Thomas. “Our mission is to enhance the practices of our artists by providing professional and career opportunities that serve as a platform to connect emerging artists to a network of curators, artist mentors, artistic leaders and business associates. I’m thrilled to be a part of this creative ecosystem and the sense of agency and purpose it fosters.
Newlab advances technologies that support the health of the planet. It acts as a facilitator, connector and translator for its community of experts and innovators, helping to build, test and scale world-changing ideas through investments, business creation and structured collaboration with industrial and governmental partners. Newlab’s vibrant community consists of over 900 entrepreneurs and innovators, and its facilities and resources include 3D printing, CNC milling, carpentry and metal shops, electronics lab, and more.
“At Newlab, we believe that innovation and artistic creation are deeply connected,” said Shaun Stewart, CEO of Newlab. “Our community is a collaborative ecosystem where tech entrepreneurs and artists-in-residence come together to pollinate new ideas, learn from and support each other, and bring their creative visions to life. Pratt>FORWARD is a wonderful program that offers emerging artists the support needed to thrive in the art world, and we are honored to partner with Pratt Fine Arts and Mickalene Thomas to provide the new cohort with access to Newlab’s facilities and our extensive community of entrepreneurs. , innovators and artists.
All Pratt>FORWARD participants receive full scholarships to attend. Co-directors Thomas and South are the main mentors: Pratt Trustee and alumnus Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96; collector and artistic advisor Racquel Chevremont; arts organizer and director of the Company Gallery Elizabeth Lamb; the artist José Parlá; and curator, activist and founder of Project for Empty Space, Jasmine Wahi.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of Pratt>FORWARD because it’s an opportunity to learn from other artists, activate visual culture as a tool for critical thinking, and spark collective change,” said Kirsten Leach, MFA Fine Arts ’22.
Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter said “receiving mentorship through Pratt > FORWARD will allow me to create more agency for myself while exploring other intersections of my identity by providing the necessary access to professional development, research , studio space and equipment to evolve my art and practice.”
A series of public dialogues at Newlab coinciding with Pratt>FORWARD is planned for October and details will be announced in September.