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Portland native wins Pratt Institute and Kravis Center sculpture competition

April 14, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte, first place winner Robin Oglesbee-Venghaus and Pratt Trustee/Alumnus and Kravis Center Founder Member Bruce M. Newman Photo: Capehart Photography
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Robin Oglesbee-Venghaus, a native of Portland, Oregon, is the winner of the Pratt Institute and Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts sculpture competition, following presentations by eight student finalists to a distinguished panel of judges at a dinner event at the Kravis Center Tuesday night.

The competition was sponsored by Pratt Institute, a renowned New York City-based college that educates creative thinkers from around the world, and the Kravis Center, a nonprofit performing arts center dedicated to improving quality of life in Palm Beach County through presenting artists and companies of the highest quality. Competition entries were judged by a panel of design, arts and elected leaders in the Greater Palm Beach community.

Oglesbee-Venghaus says his project “represents the community of individual donors who are embracing and — through their generosity — uplifting the arts. Each donor’s name is carved in timeless white Corian, honoring their support and inspiring the next generation of Helen K. Persson Society members.” 

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All eight Pratt student competitors were challenged to find unique ways to honor Helen K. Persson Society members who have made gifts to the Kravis Center’s permanently restricted endowment fund while also incorporating lighting and seating elements into their designs. Oglesbee-Venghaus’ winning design, which garnered him a $3,000 prize, was inspired by individual trees together composing a forest, a metaphor for individual Persson Society donors who collectively to support the performing arts.

“The partnership between the Kravis Center and Pratt Institute was a unique opportunity for Pratt’s talented students to channel their creativity into designs for a site-specific piece of art,” said Pratt trustee/alumnus and Kravis Center founder Bruce M. Newman. “I was impressed with the quality and sophistication of the designs, and am proud of all of our finalists for their excellent work and dedication to this project.”


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