Pratt Art Students Who Lost Everything in Last Week’s Fire Receive Donated Supplies


After a fire decimated the sixth floor studios (above) at Pratt Institute‘s Main Building in Brooklyn 10 days ago, many of the prestigious art school’s students were left without any supplies, not to mention years’ worth of artistic production — including pieces slated to hang in upcoming thesis shows and be included in MFA application portfolios. But on Friday the school opened a distribution center where students who’d lost everything could come pick up donated art supplies.

Canvases, tools, and more than 3,000 brushes have been donated by art supply stores including Utrecht, which runs one its largest stores just off-campus, and Daler-Rowney, the Wall Street Journal reports. “A large and varied cache of art supplies was generously donated to students displaced by the fire from Daley-Rowney,” Pratt’s Department of Fine Arts posted on Facebook along with the above photo.

According to Pratt spokesperson Jolene Travis the supplies also include personal donations like “used, very well-cared for and loved brushes tied in ribbons.”

The electrical fire broke out on in a Main Building cubicle early on the morning of February 15 and took some 170 firefighters to subdue. By then it had destroyed the sixth floor of the historic building, and caused damage to many lower floors.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Images via Pratt Institute Department of Fine Arts/Facebook.)