LaToya awarded honorary degree from Pratt Institute

On Wednesday, May 17, Pratt Institute degree candidates will gather in their caps and gowns at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of Manhattan, where Pratt Institute’s 128th Commencement will be held. The Institute will celebrate the achievements of more than 1,000 graduating students at the iconic venue and confer their degrees during the ceremony, which will begin at 10 AM.

Paola Antonelli, Gary Smith, LaToya Ruby Frazier

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Gary Smith, pioneering television producer; renowned photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier; and the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Senior Curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, who will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s honorary degree will be conferred in recognition of her insightful work exploring social and environmental justice issues. Her work in photography, video, and performance build visual archives addressing industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, healthcare inequity, family and communal history. She is currently an associate professor of photography at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Frazier’s work is exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, with notable solo exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

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