School of Art, Media, and Technology

Job Talks for Assistant Professor of Fine Arts continue Tuesday, March 11th

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Candidates for full-time faculty positions at Parsons give job talks, which are public, on-campus presentations to our faculty, students and staff. The job talks allow candidates to present themselves in the context of their research, scholarship, or creative practice, and pedagogical philosophy. Each candidate speaks for about thirty minutes, followed by a fifteen-minute Q&A follow-up session.

There are four finalists in the Assistant Professor of Fine Arts search at Parsons: Sowon Kwon, H. Lan Thao Lam, Rit Premnath, and Nayda Collazo-Llorens. Please see below for information on the four upcoming job talks.

If you have attended the previous Job Talks and have comments or questions about the candidates, please email FA Faculty Search Chair Anthony Aziz.

FA jobtalks


Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, School of Art, Media and Technology



Sowon Kwon 

Monday, March 3, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Orientation Room, 2 W. 13th Street, Ground Floor

Sowon Kwon works in a range of media including sculptural and video installations, digital animation, drawing, books, and printmaking. Her recent work explores portraiture, perception, and historical memory as our bodies are increasingly submitted to and made accessible through technology. She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Simon in Seoul, Korea, The Kitchen in New York City, Matrix Gallery/Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris (now Altria). Her work has also been featured in many group exhibitions in the US and abroad at: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, ICA Boston, MOCA Los Angeles, The Queens Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Artist Space, The Drawing Center, Artsonje Center in Seoul, Korea, the Gwangju Biennale, the Yokohama Triennale in Japan, and San Art in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Sowon is a recipient of grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts in Sculpture, The Asian American Arts Center, and The Wexner Center for the Arts in Media Arts. Kwon has taught at The Cooper Union, Princeton University, and is currently Core Faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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H. Lan Thao Lam 

Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Orientation Room, 2 W. 13th Street, Ground Floor

H. Lan Thao Lam is a bi-national, bilingual artist whose work examines the ramifications of the past for the current socio-political moment through object-making, installation, film, video, writing and intervention. For over ten years, she has been active as “Lin + Lam,” producing collaborative multidisciplinary projects about immigration, sites of residual trauma, national identity and historical memory. Lam holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, was a Whitney Museum Independent Study fellow, and considers her experiences in refugee camps and housing projects also part of her education. Her has been exhibited and screened internationally at venues, including The New Museum, The Kitchen, NY; Carpenter Center, Harvard University; 3rd Guangzhou Triennial; Arko Art Center, Korean Arts Council, Seoul, Korea; Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei; rum46, Denmark; Cold City Gallery and Lennox Contemporary, Toronto. She has been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts – Media Art Grant, Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowship, H.L. Rous Sculpture Award, and James Robertson Environmental Design Award. Lan Thao’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Art Forum, the New York Times, Art Journal, The Huffington Post, Time Out Hong Kong and Art Asia Pacific. She is currently faculty in the MFA Interdisciplinary Art program at Goddard College.

Rit Premnath 

Tuesday, March 11, 9:30 am–11:00 am
6 E. 16th Street, Room 1200

Sreshta Rit Premnath has had solo exhibitions at KANSAS, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Wave Hill, New York; Art Statements, Art|41|Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong; Thomas Erben Gallery and Friedman Benda Gallery, New York. He is the founder and co-editor of the publication Shifter and co-organizes the ongoing Project for an Archive of the Future Anterior. Rit completed his BFA at The Cleveland Institute of Art, his MFA at Bard College, and has attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Skowhegan and Smack Mellon. He has received grants from Art Matters and the Civetella Ranieri Foundation, and was awarded the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College. Based in Brooklyn. Rit teaches at Moore College in Philadelphia.

Nayda Collazo-Llorenz 

Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Orientation Room, 2 W. 13th Street, Ground Floor

Nayda Collazo-Llorens is avisual artist engaged in an interdisciplinary practice that examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, language and hyperconnectivity. Recent projects include Pleasure, Fear and the Pursuit of Happiness, a public textual intervention at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, 2013; Across Doom Hopes the Guiding Fever, her third solo show at LMAKprojects, New York, NY, 2012; An Exercise in Numbness and Other Tales, a solo show at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, 2012;Revolútion, a text-based façade intervention at the 3rd Poly/Graphic Triennial, San Juan, PR, 2012; and Reverb, a multi-channel video installation at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, in Mexico City, 2012. Previous projects include Reverberación at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, PR, 2010; and ESCaperucita & Little Flying Hood, an interdisciplinary project produced for the 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba, 2009. Nayda was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received an MFA from New York University. She was a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellow and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College.

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