April 30, 2014

Fourth annual Parsons Festival

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Photo: Martin Seck.

Parsons The New School for Design presents its fourth annual Parsons Festival, taking place April 25 through May 25. It features exhibitions, symposia, panel discussions, critiques and special projects that celebrate the next generation of artists and designers working in a range of disciplines.

Highlights of this year include a talk from legendary fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg (May 12), the presentation at Wanted Design of student product designs for Areaware (May 16–19), and Making/Meaning, a graduate student–curated exhibition of undergraduate student work that places particular emphasis on the process of learning and creating in art and design (April 28–May 23).

“This annual event enables us to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, and the cross-disciplinary, collaborative work that comes out of our studios,” said Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers. “It’s a chance for the general public to see what’s next from Parsons, and to hear from some of the design luminaries that we find inspiring.” 

The Parsons Festival is an official event of NYCxDESIGN for the second year of this citywide event celebrating New York City’s diverse design scene.

The following are a selection of events featured in the Parsons Festival, including exhibitions of graduating students’ thesis work. For more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit

Parsons Festival 2014 is made possible in part by the support of Sony, sponsors of the BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, and the Parsons Student Senate.

More information is available at

A full calendar of Parsons Festival events is available here


About Parsons
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 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 visit


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