EAST HAVEN >> A student at the Pratt Institute is competing this week for an opportunity to have his art design featured as a sculpture honoring donors at an arts center in Florida.
Kevin Yoo is an East Haven resident and a fourth-year student at Pratt’s bachelor of industrial design program. According to a release from the school, Yoo is joining seven other Pratt Institute students as they submit designs for a donor recognition sculpture for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winning design will be used for a sculpture that honors donors at the center’s Helen K. Persson Society.
The competition is part of partnership between the Pratt Institute and the Kravis Center. School alumnus and trustee Bruce M. Newman founded the center and said in a release that the partnership represents a unique opportunity for the school’s students to channel their creativity into site-specific art.
“The competition provides students with access to a distinguished performing arts organization where they can apply 21st century technologies to address real-world design challenge,” Newman said.
Yoo’s sculpture, “Reflecting Realm” creates, “a sensation of entering an alternate reality,” the release said, as he used architectural design and fine art to create his work. The eight students were instructed to incorporate lighting and seating elements into their designs, using a mixture of traditional and digital technology, as well as fabrication techniques.
According to the release, initial designs for the competition were completed in January, though the competition started in fall 2014 after students were selected. Students presented their work on Tuesday morning, with the Kravis Center/Pratt Institute Sculpture Competition Awards Ceremony taking place later in the evening.
The designs will be judged by a panel including six design and art leaders from the greater Palm Beach County community and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, according to a release.
Kravis Center CEO Judith A. Mitchell said in the release that the center recognizes the importance of cultivating the next generation of artists.
“Partnering with Pratt Institute for the sculpture competition underscores our commitment to supporting the world of art beyond live performance, and showcases our mission to provide arts education to our community,” Mitchell said.” “For more than 20 years, the Kravis Center has helped students of all ages fuel their imaginations and expand their lives through comprehensive arts education programs such as this one with the prestigious Pratt Institute.”