November 5, 2011

Parsons Fine Arts Graduate Open Studios 2011

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Parsons Fine Arts is pleased to announce the 2011 Graduate Open Studios on Thursday November 10th from 6–9pm. For this one evening, an exciting group of 45 current graduates from our internationally diverse program students will open their studios and other creative spaces to the public. Those who attend will be able to get an insight into the diverse practices happening within a challenging studio art program that embraces interdisciplinary experimentation and innovation. Our open studios event provides a unique opportunity for visitors to preview works in progress and meet the artists in an informal setting. Each artist will be present in her or his studio and available to answer questions and discuss their works that continue to extend the boundaries of contemporary cultural expression.


The MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons is a two-year program committed to expanding the formal, intellectual and conceptual dimensions of emerging artists’ work. In addition to intensive ongoing studio critiques with in-house faculty and peers, 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: Franklin Sirmans, Faith Wilding, Julie Mehretu, The Otolith Group, Kim Sooja, Wafaa Bilal, Sofia Hernandez, Liam Gillick, Matthew Higgs, Dana Schutz and Leigh Ledare.


Parsons The New School for Design is one of the world’s leading centers for teaching and research in the fields of art, design and new media. We offer a diverse learning environment in which students engage in studio-based research and critical scholarship and develop a global understanding of the arts. Our students have the opportunity to study and collaborate with faculty and students in a wide range of design fields, as well as those conducting research at the internationally recognized New School for Social Research.


Parsons Fine Arts has grown in terms of its faculty in the past years, and revised its core curriculum to include Critical Thinking, Thesis Writing and Research as well as Professional Practices. In the Studio Classes the program offers Advanced Practice in painting, video, installation as well as Feminist Art Practice, Text and Narrative and Eco Literacy in Fine Arts.


Please visit our website: For more information please contact Director of Graduate Study Simone Douglas at [email protected].


Parsons The New School for Design, Parsons The New School for Design 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 but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. 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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