When a raging fire broke out on the top floor of a main building at the Pratt Institute's Clinton Hill campus during the early hours of Feb. 15, it took with it the irreplaceable art work of many students.
More than half of the 35 senior painting majors who used the now-defunct studio space to create work lost their entire collections, as well as the place they called their creative home.
Now those students are taking it upon themselves to get back on their feet and have set up an online fundraising campaign to create new work and to fund a massive group show.
The indiegogo campaign notes that while Pratt has received many generous donations in supplies and offers for show spaces, "many students use untraditional and collected materials which cannot be easily donated or bought at art stores... This money will help fund not only the supplies needed to execute their wildest artistic endeavors, but also help fund a massive and guaranteed spectacular group show."
Any unused funds for this project will be passed onto the Pratt Painting Club to fund further generations of Fine Arts Shows.
As of press time, the campaign has raised $870 of its $10,000 goal. Twenty-two days to raise funds remain.