Pratt Institute and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts


Pratt Institute and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts partnered for a competition beginning in fall 2014 in which eight select Pratt students were invited to design a site-specific donor recognition sculpture for the Center’s West Palm Beach campus. The partnership and creative vision behind the Pratt and Kravis Sculpture Competition were conceived by Pratt Institute Trustee/Alumnus and Kravis Center Founder Member Bruce M. Newman.

Guided by Associate Industrial Design Professor Robert Langhorn, the Pratt students were challenged to find unique ways to honor donors to the Center’s Helen K. Persson Society. The competitors also were instructed to incorporate lighting and seating elements into their designs.

Presentations by eight student finalists were made to a distinguished panel of judges on the morning of April 7, and the winners were announced at a dinner event that evening at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Robin Oglesbee-Venghaus (B.I.D. ’15) was named the winner. Oglesbee-Venghaus’ project, The Embrace, was chosen for his design that depicts the way individual trees compose a forest, a metaphor for individual donors coming together to support the performing arts through the Center’s Helen K. Persson Society.

Second prize winner Pachara Kangchirdsri (M.I.D. ’15) created Jeté, a sculpture whose title and structure reference the ballet term meaning “to leap.” Third place went to Jesse Loosbrock (M.I.D. ’16), who created Halo, inspired by the work of artists Isamu Noguchi and James Turrell.