Pratt Institute – Why I Give: Judith Kingsley

Pratt Institute

Why I Give: Judith Kingsley

For Judith Kingsley, who is known for her meditative and compelling landscape paintings and one-of-a-kind hand-embellished greeting cards of her work, art is the knowledge of mind and soul-and she admires Pratt Institute for fostering this knowledge among the world’s future creative professionals. In recognition of Pratt’s ongoing legacy of training artists and designers to produce imaginative, meaningful, and original work, Kingsley is creating a legacy of her own at Pratt through a planned gift in memory of her two daughters, Ellen Kingsley Hirschfeld and Melinda Kingsley Nester.

Kingsley, who has studied art since childhood, came to Pratt in the 1970s as a continuing education student at the Institute’s Manhattan campus. She was struck by the ability of her instructors to teach students how to view and appreciate fine art, and to incorporate lessons from these pieces into their own works.

Today, as an established artist whose paintings have been exhibited internationally and are included in numerous private and corporate collections such as those of Warner Communications and Johnson’s Wax, she is pleased to see that Pratt continues to teach the essential components of creativity that she learned during her time at the Institute, and which she believes are similar across all of the artistic disciplines. In establishing her planned gift in memory of Ellen and Melinda, who had careers in television journalism and illustration, respectively, Kingsley is helping to perpetuate the overall importance of originality-particularly in an age when innovation is the key to success in both the marketplace and the studio. (See Kingsley’s work at

Kingsley’s generosity also reflects her admiration for Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte and his wife, Tess, and the impact they have had on the Institute.

“I am so impressed by the work being produced by Pratt students today, which is a reflection of the exceptional training they are receiving,” says Kingsley. “I’m delighted to be able to provide for the future of the Institute through this planned gift and to contribute to the tremendous growth that has taken place at Pratt under Tom Schutte’s leadership.”