2014 Graduate Open Studios
Above: Matt Whitman, Light bulb (still), 2014. Super 8 mm reversal film.
Above: Matt Whitman, Light bulb (still), 2014. Super 8 mm reversal film.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6–9pm

Parsons Fine Arts
25 East 13 Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003

Parsons Fine Arts is pleased to announce the 2014 Graduate Open Studios to be held on Thursday, March 20, 6–9pm. Throughout the evening, our exciting group of 42 international graduate students will open their creative spaces to the public and be available to answer questions and discuss their works. Open Studios provides a rare opportunity for visitors to view works in progress and meet the artists in an informal setting. Visitors will gain an insight into the diverse practices happening within our studio art program that 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 around one-on-one studio visits and group critique, seminars to foster critical thinking, personalized classes teaching writing and research for studio practice, as well as professional practices seminars. The program additionally offers media-specific advanced practice electives with a large variety of topics including eco-literacy, the body, painting, political art, performance and installation. The Transdisciplinary Seminar connects students to the larger New School community around topics such as Art&Science, Art&Feminism and Afrofuturism. Overall, 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 The New School for Design. 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 recognized New School for Social Research.

Parsons Fine Arts is home to an international and dynamic faculty whose works have been exhibited at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, dOCUMENTA and the Sydney Biennale. 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 Rashaad Newsome, Karin Sander, Ashley Hunt, Trevor Paglen, Anoka Faruqee, Sam Durant and Jill Magid.

For more information, please visit and contact Simone Douglas or Andrea Geyer.

About Parsons The New School for Design
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.


March 10, 2014