Parsons Fine Arts Alumni Panel

September 14, 2022 7PM

The Fine Arts Department invites you to join this Wednesday at 7pm for a panel discussion featuring three MFA and BFA Fine Arts alumniJade YumingAzzah Sultan and American Artist will each present their work and critically reflect on their education and post-graduate life trajectories.


JADE YUMANG (MFA, Class of 2012) examines how queer optics permeate into culture, how that is absorbed, embodied, repeated, and eventually materialized into deviating forms. Jade has shown nationally and internationally in several museums and galleries, such as the Brooklyn Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Museum of Arts and Design, Craft Contemporary, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, and ONE Archives. Jade is the recipient of several grants from Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council. Jade was born in Quezon City, Philippines, grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, immigrated to unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and currently lives in Chicago, IL, USA, which sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. Jade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


AZZAH SULTAN (BFA, Class of 2016) received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and her MFA at Washington State University. She was born in Abu Dhabi and is a Malaysian native who grew up in Malaysia, Saudi, Finland, Bahrain and has spent seven years living in America working on her artistic practice. She has had her art exhibited at The New School, S.A.D. Gallery, The Bushwick Collective, BUFU Studios, The Ely Center, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Blackfish Gallery, Chase Gallery, Terrain 12, KMAC Gallery. She was a resident artist at Pioneer Works and Anderson Center, and she is currently doing a residency at Mitu’s Hybrid Arts Lab.  She has exhibited two solo shows at Trotter & Sholer gallery, NY. While living in New York she was a program coordinator at Triangle Arts Association and is currently an art instructor at the Lower East Side Girls Club.

AMERICAN ARTIST (MFA, Class of 2015) makes thought experiments that mine the history of technology, race, and knowledge production, beginning with their legal name change in 2013. Their artwork primarily takes the form of sculpture, software, and video. Artist is a recipient of a2022 USA Artist Award, 2022 Creative Capital Award, 2021 LACMW Art & Tech Lab Grant, and a 2021resident artist at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. They are a former resident of Red Bull Arts, Abrons Art Center, Recess, EYEBEAM, Pioneer Works, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. They have exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA PS1; Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Kunsthalle Basel, CH; and Nam June Paik Center, Seoul. They have had solo exhibitions at The Queens Museum, NY and The Museum of African Diaspora, CA. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Artforum and Huffington Post. Artist teaches at Parsons and is a 2021 Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA, along with teaching critical theory at the School for Poetic Computation.

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