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Pratt Institute To Display Art For Students Who Lost Works In School Fire

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Out of the ashes comes a new opportunity for Pratt Institute art students whose work was damaged in a fire.

In February, a four-alarm fire tore through one of the school's buildings.

Many students watched helplessly as their pieces went up in flames.

Not to be deterred, they went right back to work in replacement studios using donated materials secured by the school.

Just three months after the fire, their work will be put on display in a special exhibition organized by the school and renowned art dealer Larry Gagosian.

"They've named the show 'Flameproof', and it's going be held at 375 Park Avenue thanks to a whole raft of people who have made this happen," said Peter Barna, provost at the Pratt Institute.

"The speed with which things were taken away, it's almost like that same speed has given life to my new work," said Susan Luss, a senior at the Pratt Institute. "It's a really interesting experience."

"After I got over the fire, it's been really refreshing, because we got donated supplies, so I've been more able to experiment," said Brittany Halpin, a senior at the Pratt Institute.

The exhibition opens to the public on May 9.

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