Special Events for Alumni/Students of Color: 10/21 Community Brunch, 10/26 Portfolio Review, 10/27 Exhibition Closing Reception

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Community Brunch
Saturday, October 21 from 11am-2pm
6 East 16th Street, Wolff Conference Room 1103

Alumni of color and Students of color are invited to break bread, reflect and strategize around experiences of race and identity at Parsons and within creative industries.

Please RSVP:

Fb event:
(under)REPRESENT(ed) Portfolio Reviews
Thursday, October 26 from 6-8pm
Starr Foundation Hall- 63 Fifth Ave (UC), Lower level
Students of color are invited to receive critical feedback on work that addresses race and identity from alumni of color.
(under)REPRESENT(ed) Closing
Friday, October 27 at 6 PM – 8 PM
66 Fifth Avenue, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Exhibiting alumni reflect on their work. Open to the public.
For more information, visit: or email us at

(under)REPRESENT(ed) to Open at Sheila C. Design Center

October 17, 6-8 PM

Sheila C. Design Center, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

66 5th Ave, Ground Floor

New York, NY 10003

Closing reception with artist talk: October 27th, 6-8pm

(under)REPRESENT(ed) is an exhibition that features Parsons School of Design alumni of color whose creative practices explore the lived experience of race and aim to dismantle systems of racism.  Initiated and organized by a collective of alumni of color, this exhibition features a range of disciplines which simultaneously address and resist the systemic exclusion that prevails in educational and professional institutions and practices.

A video from a digital and physical archive that affirms the future of people of African descent; a design research project lessens the impact of hurricane season on one alum’s hometown in the Dominican Republic; a children’s book fable reveals an allegory of the dangerous journey migrants often face to enter the United States; an online syllabus resource explores the intersections of fashion and race; photographs reflect on the historic status symbol and power of hair in Korean culture, which resonates in communities across the globe; and a multimedia project promotes citizen journalism and challenges the normalization of police violence.

“We are moved by an urgency to foreground the power generated by creative practices,” said the curators of the exhibition.  “Our own experience as students, practicing artists, designers, educators and cultural organizers tells us that this work isn’t always given its due criticism or celebration in the classroom and other institutional spaces.”

People of color have been pioneers in fields of art and design, although they  continue to be significantly underrepresented in positions of power and compensation.  Despite the rich foundational contributions by Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities to these industries,  they are often rendered invisible.  The curators of this exhibition stake a claim for the centrality of those most deeply impacted by these oppressive frameworks in an era which challenges our existing tools of resistance.

The Parsons alumni featured in the exhibition are (AMT Alums in bold):

Salome Asega, MFA Design and Technology ’14 
Rikki Byrd, MA Fashion Studies ’16
Raquel de Anda, MS Design and Urban Ecologies ’15
Nelson de Jesus Ubri, BFA Architectural Design ’15
Patricia Encarnación, BFA Communication Design ’14 
Noelle Flores Théard, MFA Photography ’14 
Scherezade Garcia, BFA Illustration ’90 
Alston Green, CGRD Illustration ’72 
Kim Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies ’13
Leslie Jimenez, BFA Fine Arts ’12 
Sara Jimenez, MFA Fine Arts ’13 
Yuni Kim Lang, BFA Communication Design ’09 
Jeana Lindo, BFA Photography ’17 
Joy McKinney, MFA Photography ’14 
Joiri Minaya, BFA Fine Arts ’13 
Ron Morrison, MS Design and Urban Ecologies ’15
Inyegumena Nosegbe, BFA Communication Design ’16 
Ayodamola Okunseinde, MFA Design and Technology ’15 
Isaac Paris, BFA Communication Design ’78 
Kaitlynn Redell, MFA Fine Arts ’13 
Jeff Staple, Illustration 
Ken Tanabe, MFA Design and Technology ’04 
James Terrell, MFA Painting ’02 
Duncan Tonatiuh, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum ’08, BA Liberal Arts ’08
Robert Liu-Trujillo, BFA Illustration ’10 
Christopher Udemezue, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum ’08

Organized by a collective of Parsons Alumni of Color

Havanna Fisher, BFA Fashion Design ’14, BA The Arts ’14 
Scherezade García, BFA Illustration ’90 
Joelle Riffle, BFA Communication Design ’13 
Yelaine Rodríguez, BFA Fashion Design ’13
Sable Elyse Smith, MFA Design and Technology ’13 
Nadia Williams, BFA Fashion Design ’01 
(under)REPRESENT(ed) equity + social justice advisor: Gail Drakes
(under)REPRESENT(ed) research assistant: Claudine Brantley, BFA Candidate of Photography ’18
(under)REPRESENT(ed) research assistant: Barbara Byrd, BFA Fine Arts ’17

Contact us at

The exhibition will run from October 14, when an opening reception for Parsons alumni will be held, until October 29.

More info here.

Kari Bjorn Announced as Finalist for Hasselblad Masters 2018

BFA Photography Senior Kari Bjorn, has recently been announced as a finalist in the ‘Street/Urban’ category for Hasselblad Masters 2018. The images that Bjorn submitted are from his series entitled “Synergy”. Below is the project statement along with images from the Synergy Series. You can also vote for Kari here

Synergy is a series of photographs that extracts fragments from everyday banal life and utilizes photographs power to create an alternative meaning. By framing fixed information on the street with unaware pedestrians it creates a somewhat humorous and open ended one-liners that only serves the purpose of bringing out the heh’s and huh’s in the viewer.

The photographs violently exploit and manipulate its subjects and place them in stories they quite possibly never wanted to be a part of. However, the viewer does not only react to the subject but the core of each photograph is found in the split-second juxtaposition of the two, “the fixed and the living.”

Studio Sublet Available in Bushwick

Below is a listing for a studio available for subletting
My name is Luma Jasim, I am a visual artist. I am subletting half of my studio for short or long term.
It’s a renovated studio, $50 off the first month!!!
$450 _ All utilities included, there are wifi and AC/heat. 
250sf with wooden floor.
Great location in Bushwick, The Active Space, three minutes to the L – Jefferson station.
 Please contact me if you interested!

#RESIST Art Club Postcard Write-in! Friday, Feb 17th 10 AM – 3 PM


February Postcard Write-in

Friday, Feb 17th 

Women’s March : Black History : Immigrant Ban

2 w. 13th, lobby corner / 5th Ave. 

10am – 3pm

Image by: Dotun Abeshinbioke, Parsons First Year

We are inviting the Parsons/New School community of students, faculty, staff & alumni to drop in and write a postcard! What’s on your mind?

Please invite your friends & BE HEARD!

Featuring works designed by Parsons students. We have mailing labels, addresses and postage ready.

Contributions by:

Dotun Abeshinbioke

Lizette Ayala

Shreya Chopra

Zachary Collopy

Luke Davis

Priscilla Gaona

Veronica Lawlor

Alec Lesser

Alexandra Oates

Colette Oberman

Hardnik Puri

Shivam Sinha

Christina Wong

——> or make your own. #creatives #resist

#RESIST Art Club is supported by the School of Design Strategies, School of Art, Media & Technology and the First Year program. We meet every week (except 2/23) from 2:45-3:45pm in 6 e. 16th #1209. Open door, snacks, ideas etc. Join our Facebook Group! 

Photographer / Videographer Wanted

The Parsons MFA Fine Arts program is looking for an independent, self-driven, part-time photographer and videographer for 9 hours a week. Applicants would need to be available to shoot stills and video of Fine Arts Special Events, Lectures, and Artists visiting studios. Imagery will be posted to the Fine Arts website. Also, applicants would need to be free to work Wednesdays from 3pm to 8pm with an additional four hours post production and upload to a storage device; comfortable shooting both high quality still photos of guest speakers in formal lecture setting and informal studio environments; Experience with recording audio/video of lectures taking place each Wednesday in Kellen Auditorium.

Please send resume to Leslie Henkel at



On view August 11 through September 9, 2015
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Parsons The New School for Design
Opening Reception: August 26, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Parsons The New School for Design presents PUSH PULL, an exhibition of thesis work from its MFA Photography program in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Works include photographs, computer-generated imaging, 3D imaging and printing, video, and installation pieces.

Dongli Huang from Chinatown Project 2015

Dongli Huang from Chinatown Project 2015

The exhibition features thesis work by Marco Bell, Shiang-Jiun Chen, Qiren Hu, Dongli Huang, Dongmin Lee, Rosana Liang, Ashley Middleton, Kelsey O’Brien, Masahito Ono, Melissa Preston, Matthew Scerbak, Emily Shevenok.

Under the direction of James Ramer, the studio-based Parsons MFA Photography program brings visionary students together with some of the artworld’s most influential photographers. Students are encouraged to develop their individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to explore related technologies, focusing on the relationship between concept and production.

For more information about the thesis exhibition, please visit

Marco Bell, “Shop n Save's parking lot”, From the series Bolivar, New York 2015

Marco Bell, “Shop n Save’s parking lot”, From the series Bolivar, New York 2015

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governor’s Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit

General Information:
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, NYC
Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. and late Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.
Closed all major holidays and holiday eves.
Admission: Free
For more information, please contact 212.229.8919
or visit

CAMERA WORK MFA Photo Alumni Show Closing Reception September 2nd

Camerawork closing

AMT and the MFA Photography program present CAMERA WORK, an exhibition of work from Parsons MFA Photography Alumni, and part of our celebration of 10 years of the MFA Photography program!

Running from June 26 – September 2, 2015 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery.

The artists in this exhibition are all “photographers,” which is to say they have all received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the photography program at Parsons School of Design, but none of them chemically transcribe the world onto film. Rather, they use various digital imaging and video processes to create their works; what they have in common is the camera, even if only the one on their iPhone. These artists’ enduring employment of the lens as a fundamental tool to make their art positions them within the photographic tradition and their varied practices as “photography.” Their art is camera work.

Including the work of: Jun Ahn, Berk Çakmakçı, Alison Chen, Xiao Chen and Yichen Zhou, Bobby Davidson, John Deamond, Nathan Harger, Erik Madigan Heck, Brigitte Lustenberger, Joy McKinney, Charlie Rubin, José Soto, Keith Telfeyan, and Marie Vic.

Curated by Sarah Hasted and Joseph R. Wolin. This exhibition is presented with the support of the MFA Photography program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology.

PUSH / PULL: MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition 2015 Closes September 9th

On view: August 10 – September 9
66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY

Opening Reception: August 26, 6:30 – 8:30pm
View and download the catalog featuring artist interviews here

Marco Bell
Shiang-Jiun Chen
Hu Qiren
Dongli Huang
Dongmin Lee
Rosana Liang
Ashley Middleton
Kelsey O’Brien
Masahito Ono
Melissa Preston
Matthew Scerbak
Emily Shevenock

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @ParsonsMFAphoto
Use our hashtag: #pushpull2015


Parsons MFA Photography Open Studios on Friday, July 24th, 6-8 PM

Please join us for the Summer 2015 Parsons MFA Photography Open Studios on Friday, July 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM. 
Location: 25 East 13th Street, 4th and 5th floors
Featuring the work of:  
(5th Floor) Marco Bell, Shiang-Jiun Chen, Chris Ferguson, Elizabeth Harnarine, Qiren Hu, Dongli Huang, Kelsey Karstrand, Fernanda Kock, Yan Kwok, Dongmin Lee, Rosana Liang, Cecilia Mezulic, Kyle Meyer, Ashley Middleton, Varvara Mikushkina, Masahito Ono, Melissa Preston, Matthew Scerbak, Emily Shevenock, Jiazhong Sun, Mengya Xiao, Seyyed Arash Fewzee Youssefi
(4th Floor) Alexandra Bourassa, Javier Burneo Garcès, Michael Difeo, Benjamin Freedman, Christian Gangitano, Siamack Hajimohammad, Annaleena Keso, Sarkis Manavazian, Chloe Ama Mukayiranga Mbundu, Charles Park, Sebastian Perinotti, Rowena Rubio, Aimee Stewart, Jinming Zhong,  Mengting Zhou
Image by Alex Kwok

BFA and MFA Photo Students Exhibit in St. Petersburg, Russia

On June 4th, faculty member Thomas Werner opened the exhibition, “The Museum: Within and Without”, as part of an international collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This was the7th joint project with the Hermitage and one of our best. Parsons MFA and BFA students; Andrea Ibarra, Amanda Strukus, Ashley Middleton, Kalman Pool, Kelsey O’Brien, Kyle Meyer, Margaret Friedman, Marissa Fey, Martim Passos, Sarah Yee, Sofia Colvin, Varvana Mikushkina, Umber Majeed, Veronica Constabile, and Yuner Shao participated in the exhibition. Kyle and Yuner joined a post opening discussion regarding the exhibition via skype.

“The Museum: Within and Without” explores not only architectural representation, but the museum and the city itself as a context for conceptual exploration. Andrea Ibarra’s photographs take quotidian architectural spaces and recontextualize them as beautiful and elegant abstractions. Amanda Strukus has utilized imagery found on Google search to create idealized social spaces that are a reflection of societies frequent desire to present altruistic representations of the everyday. Kelsey O’Brien and Ashley Middleton use the city as a stage to question our role in a contemporary urban context. Alternately, the urban spaces in Kyle Meyer’s photographs deal with the area between life and death. Each of these young artists, as well as the others in this exhibition, ask us to consider a specific social or cultural aspect of our lives and our societies. Many of these themes are universal, resonating across both our cultures, others are specific to the urban spaces within our respective communities. All of the imagery in the exhibition serves as a stepping off point for the larger social, technological, and art cultural conversations taking place in both our countries, which has always been one of the strengths of this collaboration.

Parsons Festival: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition Opens May 19th, 6-9PM, LES

Please join us for an exhibition of photographs, installations, videos, and books by 66 graduating Seniors of the Parsons BFA Photography program. Students use traditional and emerging technologies to create bodies of work influenced by film, design, visual art, fashion and technology. This provocative and engaging exhibition embodies the breadth and diversity of contemporary photographic practice.

Opening Reception: May 19th from 6-9pm
Thierry-Goldberg Gallery: 103 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002
Site/109: 109 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002

Show dates: Tuesday, May 19th at 6pm, through Sunday, May 24th at 6pm

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(photo by Patricia Lopez.

Join AMT at “Process:Concept” Opening reception at Industry City, Sat. May 9th

Saturday, May 9, 2015
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please join us for an opening night party for the Process:Concept and the Parsons Festival, celebrating the diverse and innovative work of Parsons students.

The opening night celebration will include the following performances:

7:00PM – Experimental Electronic Instruments

Brendan Byrne (MFA Design and Technology)
Brendan Byrne will perform using a collection of electronic musical instruments he’s designed at the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program.

8:00PM –  Soo A Kim – Performance collaboration with Mannes the New School for Music 

This performance is composed with classical musicians, collaborating with students from Mannes the School of Music to bring their individuality through visual representation that is shadowed from music and its conservative practice of performance in the performing arts sphere. There will be four to eight performers scattered around the space playing the repertoire of classical music. The performers will have segments of white glissenette fabric attached to their body or instrument connected to an architectural element in the space. For example, the glissenette will be attached to the tip of the violin bow stretching out to the ceiling of the space. Throughout the performance, the audience will be able to track the musician’s movement by the transformation of the shape from the fabric. This performance serves as a visual interpretation of a musical composition that performers create from their body movement. It allows the performers to be hyperaware of their presence within music along with recognition of subtle distinction of sounds and gestures that individual creates in every performance, which the audience tend to accept it as homogenous form. Duration: 20 min.

9:00PM – Marquale Ashley & Gabby Madden – Dis Course

Based upon gender, sexuality, and aggression we will use performance and movement as a direct correlation between concept /narrative and choreography. Using the space to define limits such as markers of distance and end points on the floor we will engage two discourses, that of the Homosexual male, and that of the Heterosexual female. By mimicking each others’ actions in order to attempt a seamless choreography we directly address the generalizations, assumptions, and implications placed on each
gender in regards to expectations surrounding sexuality, control, dominance, and power shifts. The time frame is dseveloped upon a building of synchronized movements and shifts in power between the two performers. The piece will begin with each performerleading various series of movements that the other performer must mimic. Then as they continue to move throughout the space the narrative actions become distorted between male and female, the physical actions and control will shift with equal disorder. Meaning that as the performers become less specific with their actions in regards to gender, the power structure and balance of control will be disrupted as well. The performers will thenmfight for power, control, and construction of the personal narrative as the gendered actions and power structure will ultimately become completely obscure. The end of the piece is improvisational based upon the time it takes to break constructed narrative. The end of the piece is determined by the performers need and ability to capture control.

Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT) will be represented by works and performances by students in Fine Arts (BFA/MFA), Photography (BFA/MFA), Design and Technology (BFA/MFA), Communication Design (BFA), Graphic Design (AAS), Illustration (BFA) and Printmaking.

Process:Concept at Industry City is part of Parsons Festival 2015.


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“The Concurrents” Staff Artist Lecture Series w/ Jennifer Soong & Joy McKinney – Thurs. April 2nd


The first installment of The Concurrents lecture series, featuring Jennifer Soong from the School of Art and Design History and Theory, and Joy McKinney from the School of Constructed Environments, is happening on Thursday, April 2, at 12:00 pm, in the Bark Orientation Room (2 W 13th Street, 1st floor).

Jennifer Soong is a poet originally from New Jersey. She began as a visual artist before going on to earn degrees in English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She has written extensively on Elizabeth Bishop and draws her influences primarily from the mid-generation American poets. She is interested in the relationship between text and image and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Joan Untermyer Poetry Prize.

Joy Mckinney is a photographer based in NYC. She received her undergraduate degree from the Atlanta College of Art and her MFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design. Her work explores social and cultural attitudes towards gender and race through photography and video.


Organized by Niki Kriese of AMT, the second iteration of the staff lecture series is collaborative in focus, pairing like-minded but vigorously independent artists from across Parsons to co-present and discuss their investigations. Events will range from screenings to performance to readings, with each artist crafting their own level of engagement with the audience. Similar themes, such as generosity, human interaction, and movement emerge in their work, but the excitement comes from seeing the distinct approaches and viewpoints collide.

For more information, please contact Niki Kriese

“I Shot Kate Moss” Info Sessions for Submission Thurs. 4/2

Come meet artist Zev Jonas and special guest photographer Saul Robbins, and find out how to become part of this exciting project!

Thursday April 2, 2015
25 east 13th st
Room 503
3:15pm – 5:00PM

On September 25, 2013, Christie’s London sold 58 images of Kate Moss at auction for almost $3m. In reaction to this sale, Zev Jonas established an online project utilizing altered Kate Moss photographs to explore how we exhibit, view and mass-produce images of each other and how these representations become individualized. Zev began by creating 58 new unique and distorted images of Kate Moss, captured as in-camera montages of the layered images he encountered in public spaces. These were uploaded to and the project went live in Nov, 2013. Zev soon opened up the project to submission, and to date there are hundreds of unique works.


Call for Senior Undergraduate Entries: Parsons Festival 2015 Exhibition

The Parsons Festival Exhibition is designed to showcase talent from across Parsons. If you’re in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program and set to graduate this spring, show us what you’ve got!

View from last years all-Parsons show, "Making Meaning"

View from last years all-Parsons show, “Making Meaning”

About you: You’re graduating. You’ve spent the last few years developing an expertise, a way of thinking, a way of designing that builds on your studies but is unique to you. You’ve put that perspective into your work. And you’d like it to be seen within the broader Parsons context. And you’d like it to be seen in one of Parsons’ signature campus locations during graduation.

About the show: Combining works from across all of Parsons’ undergraduate and associate’s degree programs, this exhibition will take place in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, including the Kellen and Aronson galleries, hallway, and lobby. It will be on view as a highlight of this year’s Parsons Festival from May 7 through May 22, 2015.

How to apply: Read below and fill out the entry form. It asks for things like your name and program, along with images, video, or links that’ll give an idea of your work. It’s pretty straightforward and makes sure you provide all the information that’s needed to review your submission.

Important dates and information:
Eligibility — Open to all graduating students in BFA, BBA, BS, and AAS programs

Deadline for submission — March 15, 2015, at midnight
Notification — April 8, 2015
Delivery of work — April 20–23, 2015 (You must be able to turn in your work by April 23.)
Exhibition on view — May 7–22, 2015
Submission form –
For questions about the exhibition, contact

MFA Photo Alum Eric Madigan Heck’s Exhibition and Book Signing Tuesday, 2/17


Exhibition and Book Signing

Tuesday, February 17th at Neuehouse, New York 
Please join us in celebrating Erik Madigan Heck’s new publication launch at Neuehouse, New York, and see an ephemeral installation of the works from Pictures Not Content projected onto the windows of the East 25th street building for one week only.



Photo Faculty Michelle Bogre to Curate in China

Photography Faculty Michelle Bogre was has been honored with an invitation to curate a show based on her book, Photography as Activism, at the inaugural Chengde International Photographic Festival in China, held in June.  It is a major photographic festival sponsored jointly by Chinese Photographers magazine of China National Academy of Arts, Chengde city government and Hebei Photographers Association.  Bogre will also be giving a lecture on the subject to students and speaking at the festival.

In Photography as ActivismMichelle Bogre discusses the philosophy and history of how activists and social reformers have used the camera as a research tool and instrument for social reform. Beginning with the invention of the camera, the book traces the earliest instances of photographic activism through to today’s emerging practices, profiling the most prominent activists of their time and their legendary images. She includes in depth interviews with contemporary photographer activists, including:

  • Eugene Richards
  • Marcus Bleasdale
  • Tom Stoddart
  • Jonathan Torgovnik
  • Edward Kashi
  • Brent Stirton
  • Stephen Dupont
  • Walter Astrada

The book has been gaining attention again from the academic world, since it was chosen as the Common Reading at Rice University last Fall.

The trip to China will also allow her to do field research for her new book on Documentary Photography.

Other books by Michelle Bogre:
Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century