March 10, 2016

Graduate open studios

Parsons School of Design at The New School

MFA Fine Arts thesis show. The Kitchen, New York. Photo: Martin Seck, © 2015.

Parsons Fine Arts is pleased to announce the spring 2016 graduate open studios to be held on March 17, from 6 to 9pm. Our dynamic group of 44  graduate students will open their creative spaces to the public and be available to answer questions and discuss their work. Open studios provides a rare opportunity for visitors to view works in progress and meet these artists in an informal setting. Visitors will gain insight into the diverse practices within our studio art program that embraces interdisciplinary experimentation, intellectual rigor and innovation.

Parsons MFA in Fine Arts is a dynamic two-year, cross-disciplinary program committed to expanding the formal, intellectual and conceptual dimensions of emerging artists’ work. We foster studio-based research and scholarship that extends the boundaries of contemporary cultural expression, developed through a global understanding of the arts. Parsons Fine Arts is committed to diversity among students and faculty that provides a potent learning community.

Housed within both Parsons School of Design and The New School University, the Fine Arts program is uniquely positioned within a progressive educational environment. Our international student body may access a wide spectrum of activities, ranging from rigorous formal and aesthetic investigations to cross-disciplinary collaborations with design, performing arts and humanities students, to public forums that address pressing social and political concerns. The Fine Arts program curriculum centers on one-on-one studio visits, group critiques, critical theory seminars, independent study, writing and research for studio practice, as well as professional practices seminars. Additionally, it offers medium-specific advanced practice courses and concept-driven transdisciplinary seminar electives focused on an evolving variety of topics, selected in consultation with our graduate students. Recent electives include: performance, installation, 3D, video, painting, photo/digital media practice, printmaking, art + politics, the body, the archive, walking as research, environmental art, art & feminism, art & science, and art as social engagement.

Parsons Fine Arts is home to an active, international faculty who exhibit and publish worldwide, and whose work has been included in exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, Documenta, the Sharjah Biennial and the Sydney Biennale; and institutions such as the Arko Art Center, Seoul  and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. An integral part of our academic curriculum is our Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring 20 critically renowned, multi-disciplinary artists. Additionally, Parsons Fine Arts graduate students benefit from one-on-one studio visits with our Visiting Artists, as well as with an extensive range of Visiting Critics/Curators. This culture of dialogical exchange helps our students in their efforts to redefine the cutting edge of art in the 21st century.


For more information please visit or contact MFA Program Director, Simone Douglas at [email protected]


About Parsons The New School for Design
Parsons is one of the premier institutions for art and design education. Founded in 1896, is has served as a pioneer in the field for more than a century. Based in New York and internationally active, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. Critical thinking, research and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons offers rigorous training that allows for interdisciplinary collaboration across five thematic schools. An integral part of The New School, Parsons builds on the university’s legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship and pedagogy. 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. 

In 2015, QS World University Rankings, a London-based higher education organization, named Parsons the number one College for Art and Design in the United States, and number two internationally.



Spring 2016 graduate open studios at Parsons Fine Arts

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