October 20, 2015

Fall 2015 graduate open studios

Parsons School of Design at The New School

© Alexander Sheriff, 2015.

Parsons Fine Arts is pleased to announce the fall 2015 graduate open studios, to be held on Thursday, October 29, 6–9pm. Our dynamic group of 47 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 the artists in an informal setting. Visitors will gain insight into the diverse practices within our studio art program, which embraces interdisciplinary experimentation, intellectual rigor, and innovation.

The MFA at Parsons Fine Arts is a two-year, cross-disciplinary program committed to expanding the formal, intellectual and conceptual dimensions of emerging artists’ work. The program curriculum centers on one-on-one studio visits, group critiques, critical theory seminars, personalized classes, and writing and research for studio practice, as well as professional practices seminars. The program additionally offers medium-specific advanced practice electives including video, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, video, and the archive, as well as a wide variety of concept-driven topics, including “All Together Now, Witnessing Another World” and “Occult Poetics and Sociopolitical Practice.” The Transdisciplinary Seminar reaches into the larger New School community and focuses on topics such as Art & Science, Art & Feminism, and Art & Poetry. Our proudly diverse learning community is aimed to support students in studio-based research and scholarship to extend the boundaries of contemporary cultural expression and to develop a global understanding of the arts.

Parsons Fine Arts is situated within the School of Art Media and Technology at Parsons. Students have the opportunity to study and collaborate with a wide range of art and design fields, as well as all areas of study across the internationally renowned New School for Social Research.

Parsons Fine Arts is home to an international and dynamic faculty whose work has been included in exhibitions and institutions such as the Whitney Biennial, Documenta, the Sydney Biennale, and the Museum of Modern Art. Students also benefit from interaction with an impressive array of visiting artists and critics who are redefining the cutting edge of art in the 21st century. This year’s guests include Shezad Dawood, Simone Leigh, Hank Willis Thomas, Glen Ligon, R. H. Quaytman, and Shazia Sikander, amongst others.

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


About Parsons
Parsons is one of the premier institutions for art and design education. Founded in 1896, it 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.



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