MFA Open Studios & call for 2020 Graduate Fine Arts applications
Parsons School of Design at The New School
Above: Karen Dias, Are You Going Outside?, 2019. Photograph.  
Above: Karen Dias, Are You Going Outside?, 2019. Photograph.  

MFA Fine Arts open studios : October 17, 6–9pm

Parsons East Building
25 E 13th St, 5th Floor
New York, NY
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The Parsons Fine Arts MFA program is now accepting graduate applications for 2020 and is inviting you to see the work of our current graduate students at the Fall 2019 Open Studios on Thursday, October 17, 6–9pm.

Our vibrant group of 47 students will present their work to the public and be available to discuss their work. Faculty will also be present to answer questions to potential applicants. Open Studios provides a rare opportunity to gain insight into the diverse practices within our international studio art program that cultivates interdisciplinary, media-driven skill sets, experimentation and intellectual rigor, while providing an innovative learning community for emerging artists.

Artists: Maryam Alameri, Collyn Ahren, Lipika Bhargava, Pandora Bøe, Kaeten Bonli, Rhea Cheng, Lydia Crouse, Karen Dias, Zoe Fitzpatrick, Caroline Garcia, Tal Hafner, Summer He, Lisa Hennig-Olsen, John Holland, Luna Jiang, Java Jones, Josephine Kamoun Johansson, Kaitlin Jostad, Nina Kettiger, Tania Khouri, Josephine Lee, Akofa Norman, Libby Paloma, Rae Lavande Pellerin, Kris Peng, Gabrielle Randall, Laurel Richardson, Michael Rose, jess saldaña, Alice Schoenberg, Jie Shao, Cai Shen, Hoor Sherpao, Kaili Smith, Rita Song, Darian Stewart, Hoang Vo, Di Wang, Yifei Wang, Malachi Weaver, Coraline Weng, Sixing Xu, Snow Xuecan Ye, Rachel Yeoh, Tania Zaidi, Zhiyi Zhang, and The Relics of the Inadequate Museum.

The Parsons Fine Arts MFA course is a dynamic two-year, cross-disciplinary program. 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 has access to 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.

Parsons Fine Arts is home to an internationally acclaimed faculty whose work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennale, Documenta, the Sharjah Biennial and the Sydney Biennale; and exhibited in institutions such as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Additionally our Visiting Artist Lecture Series and our Critic and Curator Series features renowned, multidisciplinary artists, curators and critics who are available for one-on-one visits with graduate students. This culture of dialogical exchange supports our graduate students to redefine their role as emerging artists in the field. The Fall 2019 Visiting Artists Lecture Series is open to the public and features Dean Erdman, Laura Ortman, Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez, Tiffany Chung, Javier Telléz, Tschabalala Self, Diamond Stingily, Pieter Schoolwerth and Adelita Husni-Bey.

About Parsons School of Design
Founded in 1896, Parsons has served as a pioneer in the field of Art and Design 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. Now 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. Parsons was named the #1 school for art and design in the country in 2019 by QS World University Rankings, and was named #2 in the world, in 2018.

For more information please visit and/or contact interim Program Director, Anthony Aziz: [email protected].

October 15, 2019


Parsons East Building, New York