Vernon Pratt (1940-2000) was an Associate Professor of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina from 1964-2000. Pratt graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He enrolled at Duke in 1958, but finished his undergraduate degree at the San Francisco Art Institute where he earned his master's degree. Pratt is best known for creating the massive, publicly funded Education Wall across from the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, NC . Pratt was also an accomplished jazz saxophonist who performed internationally.
Pratt's work can be found in the permanent collections of several major U.S. museums and institutions including but not limited to: the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), the Nasher Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, the Asheville Art Museum, Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Duke University, the Durham Arts Council, Rochester Institute of Technology, North Carolina Artworks for State Buildings - a program of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the City of Raleigh, NCSSM and the San Francisco Art Institute.