Michael Prettyman is a graduate of the CUNY BA program and currently in his final semester at the Harvard Divinity School, graduating in May with a Master’s Degree in Theology. He has been a visual artist for twenty years, with gallery shows in New York City, Hong Kong and Barcelona. He has exhibited paintings, drawings and sculptures at the Tsvetaeva Museum of Art in Moscow and the National Museum of Art in Almaty, Kazakhstan and has paintings in the permanent collection of each.
To help him better express narratives of mythology and religion in his art, he returned to college at The CUNY BA Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies to pursue coursework in Writing and Religion. While in the CUNY BA program, he traveled to Nepal to study thangka painting and meditation, spending 4 months in Buddhist monasteries in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Terrai. Upon graduating, he was hired as an adjunct lecturer by the Religion department at Hunter; and will return to Hunter College in the Fall of 2016 to teach Mysticism, Asian Religions and Approaches to Religion.
Michael will present a talk on ‘Art and the Sacred’ on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the CUNY Graduate Center.