1 Here I am on the red carpet at the Pratt Institute Legends 2013 Gala.
2 This was Pratt's 15th annual Legends gala, which honors major figures in art design, architecture, and other creative fields while raising necessary funds for the highly competitive Institute's scholarship programs.
3 Posing with Honoree Margaret Russell - Margaret is the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest and archdigest.com.
4 As usual, at these kinds of social events, there were many people taking photos.
5 With David Schutte, Margaret Russell, Tess Schutte, and Thomas F. Schutte - President of the Institute
6 Seated at my table were my good friends, Memrie Lewis and Honoree David Easton - Considered one of the world's most sought-after interior designers, David was known for his classically inspired traditional English-style interiors. In recent years, he has shifted to a more streamlined, contemporary aesthetic.
7 We also sat with the lovely Elizabeth Kramer.
8 Elizabeth's husband Donald Kramer and Patricia Kluge
9 Pratt president, Thomas F. Schutte, gave a welcoming address. He spoke about how, for more than 125 years, Pratt has educated the creative professionals who have helped shape the 20th and 21st centuries.
10 Mike Pratt - Vice Chair of the Board - spoke about the Institute's history and mission.
11 Pratt design students with Thomas F. Schutte, who was very moved at the podium after learning that the event's nearly $800,000 in proceeds would be earmarked for a student scholarship in his and his wife's name, in honor of his 20th anniversary at Pratt.
12 Tonya Kennedy, senior interior design student at Pratt, spoke about how her education at the Institute has been so enriching and rewarding.
13 After I presented David Easton with his award, he took the podium. Of the evening's four Legends, David was the only one who actually graduated from Pratt in 1963. He said, "I do not feel that architecture should exist, decorating should exist, or landscaping should exist except as a threesome, as a trinity."
14 Brooklyn-born-and-raised novelist, journalist, essayist, editor, and educator, Pete Hamill, was also honored.
15 Hamill briefly attended Pratt Institute in the 1950s and he began his journalism career in 1960 at the New York Post.
16 He has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, as well as domestic disturbances in American cities in the 1960s.
17 Hamill's work has appeared in the Post, the New York Daily News, and the Village Voice. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of both the New York Post and the New York Daily News and has written for several notable magazines.
18 Hamill is the author of eleven novels and two short-story collections, both of which were The New York Times best-sellers.
19 Honoree Margaret Russell - Margaret spearheaded a highly regarded redesign of Architectural Digest, the relaunch of the website, and the launch of the tablet editions.
20 This is Light and Space artist and Honoree James Turrell. His large-scale works incorporate the complex interplay of sky, light, and atmosphere in motion across expanses of ocean, desert, and city.
21 Turrell's artistic career began in California in the early 1960s as one of the leaders of a new group of artists working with light and space. His work has been recognized in exhibitions in major museums around the world including the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
22 For the past 33 years, Turrell has been working on a monumental land art project in Arizona at Roden Crater, an extinct volcano. He's been transforming the crater into a naked-eye celestial observatory, specifically for viewing and experiencing sky-light, solar, and celestial phenomena.
23 A view from inside the Roden Crater - This is known as the East Portal.