The Memory Project
Cindy Graneyfound an photo album from early years, dated in beginning of 1900's, great pictures would like to know if your interested I can mail to you.
My aunt MaryCarol Miller was a professor at Pratt in Manhattan. She passed away last December and I am thinking of her fondly today. I wish I had been able to know more of the fun she had at Pratt. She loved teaching there and I just thought I’d stop by this site to remember her on this beautiful summer day.
Colleen CaporalMFA digital arts
During Martha Stewart’s lecture when she was asked
“what was your greatest mistake?” and she answered well we all know that with a chuckle. Then going on about how you should find inspiration in everything around you and especially the past.
Linda Plotkinalumna, MFA Painting/Printmaking, 1962
At my first painting critique with Prof Robert Richenburg we were to comment on our paintings, after which he would offer his analysis.
Being very shy and insecure, I said I had nothing to say.
His response was “If you have nothing to say, then I have nothing to say…next”
I felt deeply humiliated, of course, and from that point on I was nervous, but well
prepared to discuss my work. It taught me an invaluable lesson for my own teaching later on, and I found a way to encourage my students to express their opinions without fear.
Dan WittmayerBFA Art Ed. '77
Besides the powerful influence of the Foundation and upper class Art program and the energizing Art Ed. classes, I feel the need to recognize the faculty members who set such towering examples to a budding young educator, me. I will list some names, I remember so fondly: Dr. Drumheller, Jillian Jagger, Ron Piotrowski, from Art Ed.; Toshio Odate, Herbie Beerman, George Schmidt, Mary Buckley, Licio Isolani, Takashi Nakazawa, from Foundation & Fine Arts; Mr. Koli of Industrial Design. I revere some Humanities teachers, Professors Rolf Fjelde, Mr. Burton & Dr. Lombard, of English. Professor Herb Tesser made General Science & Astronomy fun again for the non-academic I was. The late, great Pete Fornatale’s Media class provided such great memories, I’d like to list. Our class had access to special film viewing, i.e. a private screening room to see a Hollywood movie, starring Diahann Carroll & the premiere of the concert film, “Ladies and Gentleman, The Rolling Stones”. We sat around the table cracking jokes with Robert Klein. The best memory has to be when we had a field trip to the famous recording studio, The Hit Factory. We met the great Mary Travers and were the informal voices singing along on her solo album, now long forgotten, out of print.
These instructors, some still alive now; long may they live in good health! enriched my Pratt experience & thus, my life. To the several teachers whose names I can’t remember, I apologize.
I was on the Student Coordinate when Ray came in and proposed that we produce an old-fashioned “sock-hop.” You have to remember that Hippies were still the norm - so why should we put on some old fashioned 50’s plastic event? Anyway he talked us into it and it turned out really fun!
Here’s my ID class of 1974 in the nutty yearbook photo (i’m near the point)
Sunari SilvaArchitecture student , class of 2000
I joined The Pratt undergraduate Architecture School in the fall of 1997. At the time I was told that although there were students from approximately 70 countries at Pratt, I was the first international student from Srilanka in Pratt’s history. So the international students office went to the UN gift shop and bought a Srilankan flag for the very first time. When I graduated with honrs with the class of 2000, I felt very proud to have added my little country’s flag to the ceremony at such a wonderful center of education. In my own little way I think I made history at Pratt.
Kathleen CreightonChair, Undergraduate Department of Communications Design
In memory of Charles Goslin:
At one particular year-end survey, most students displayed their work on a panel measuring approximately 4 x 6 feet. After a few hours of viewing work we entered a room dominated by a single student, whose work covered several panels and was impressive. We gathered around admiring it until Charlie caught up with the group and declared: “Fine talent, not productive enough.”
Most of us reacted with surprise but Charlie knew. He knew what every one of his students was capable of. He never accepted anything less. A different measure for each. I’ve never known anyone else that takes the time or measure of his or her students as thoroughly as he did. Accepting a good solution to a problem we assign is what most of us do. That doesn’t make us bad teachers; it makes Charlie Goslin an extraordinary one. The rare combination of the equally gifted designer and educator, who cares.
Charlie’s assignments were notorious, drawing on actual events or characters he found in the New York Times. He would craft his assignments based on those real-world foundations, telling students to create a visual identity for a defrocked priest turned plumber; or to design an ad for a service through which you can hire a lyric tenor and an accordionist to serenade your lover. In the latter, as in all his assignments, a literal interpretation involving imagery of the elements would earn you a trip to “F country.”