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Pratt Institute Shows Off Art by Famous Alumni in 125th Anniversary Show

By Andrea Swalec | November 29, 2012 8:43am

MANHATTAN — What do graphic novelist Daniel Clowes and Betty Boop animator Myron Waldman have in common? 

They both went to Pratt Institute. 

Starting Friday, the private art college will celebrate its 125th anniversary with an art exhibition on West 14th Street displaying the work of Clowes, Waldman and dozens of their fellow Pratt alums.

Artists, architects and designers included in the show, "125 Icons: A Celebration of Works by Pratt Alumni and Faculty: 1887-2012," range from Chrysler Building designer William van Alen and Dunkin' Donuts logo designer Lucia DeRespinis to Scrabble creator Alfred Mosher Butts, according to a statement from the college. 

Pratt vice president and exhibition organizer Todd Galitz said the pieces in the show at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery — which were selected by Pratt students, faculty and alumni from more than 300 works — catalog the college's proudest moments. 

“The collection of works on display are innovative, creative and representative of the impact that Pratt’s alumni and faculty have had on the world,” he said in the statement. 

Thomas F. Schutte, president of the school with campuses in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Utica, N.Y., said the exhibition is the finale of the school's 16-month-long anniversary celebration. 

“We're excited to bring together these iconic works at Pratt Manhattan Gallery and to commemorate the achievements of alumni and faculty who have helped make the Institute what it is today,” he said in the statement. 

A documentary about Pratt broadcast on Thirteen/WNET called "Treasures of New York: Pratt Institute" will also be shown at the gallery on a loop. 

"125 Icons: A Celebration of Works by Pratt Alumni and Faculty: 1887-2012" will be open on the second floor of the Pratt Manhattan Gallery at 144 W. 14th St. Friday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Jan. 19. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m. The gallery will be closed Dec. 22. through Jan. 1.