Saturdays!!!

Our scholars are back! Getting together again for their classes on Saturday and working hard as always, but enjoying it as well. Besides enjoying their classes the students met once again at 2W 13th Street’s 4th floor (Common Room) and gobbled their traditional Saturday pizza. Gobbling and catching up with one another the scholars enjoyed their lunch and were introduced to their mentors. Eventually the scholars broke off into their different groups and both went to different workshops. Stacy’s group went to a College Admissions Workshop with Morgan – who spoke about different aspects of applying to Parsons. He also provided them with insight on how to tackle the Parsons Challenge. Whereas Yashua and Shola’s scholars went to see a […]

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Summer Jam!

Had a great time with the now Junior Scholars today. A photographer came out and took head shots for these amazing artists and gave them pointers on how to improve the look of their pieces for their portfolios. What a great day! We ate a little, we danced a little, and we were merry! Check out the pics below. And special thanks to Kia Chenelle for the pictures, workshops, and time. Check her out on twitter @MsChenelle.  Yashua checking out the portfolios.  Shola going over how the Scholars can use Carbonmade to make on-line portfolios.  Group picture!  Scholars’ work.  Yashua putting up work to be photographed. Making art.  Scholars’ work. Kia our awesome photographer.

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2011 Parsons Scholars Graduation

2011 Parsons Scholars Graduation Congratulations to all the scholars for 2011. Y’all did great and it was a great night to see everybody gathered up together and commemorate all your wonderful achievements. From the wonderful talk from guest speaker Jeff Ng of Staple Design, to the speeches from the great coordinators; Nadia & Ananda, to the wonderful recollection of memories of the scholars, a wonderful evening. Thanks again to Anne Gaines and the rest of the faculty who helped put such a wonderful ceremony together. Wishing all the Scholars a good first year in their respective colleges.

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Storm King field trip!

At the end of the Spring semester, the entire Parsons Scholars program took a day trip upstate to the breathtaking Storm King Art Center. Although the May sky threatened us with a Spring shower, it held out for a great day of exploring this impressive collection of large-scale sculptures in an inspiring setting. A day to remember!

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Parsons Scholars in Paris!

This just in: a recent snapshot of the lovely group of Parsons Scholars & Alumni who received a full scholarship to attend the Parsons Summer Intensive program in Paris. From left to right: Thi Wan (college junior), Elizabeth Peralta (h.s. senior), Sasha Smith (college freshman), JinMei Liu (college graduate, class of 2011) , Genesis Peña (college sophomore) and Nelson DeJesus (college freshman). Keep making us proud, and continue your educational adventures both inside and out of the classroom!

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Parsons Festival this Saturday: Join Us!!!

Please join us for the opening of the first annual exhibition that displays the growth, achievements and bright futures of all of our scholars. We are proud to include the work of each student in the Parsons festival, which is a new annual series of art and design events which provide opportunities for the entire campus community and the general public to experience the high quality and diversity of work created at Parsons and to preview the next generation of leaders across a broad range of disciplines. The Scholars Exhibit will be: May 7th and May 8th Opening reception: Saturday May 7th, 20115:30-7:30pm2 West 13th Street,11th floor Also:Presentation of the Senior Project (Our seniors will be presenting their design proposals […]

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“The Kitchen”

April 16th, 2011 At “The Kitchen” in Chelsea scholars met the artist, Kenya (Robinson), featured in the gallery. She spoke of her featured work, Kenya Eats A Cracker. On this rainy day, the scholars walked from The New School to the gallery. Robinson’s work raised many questions for the scholars about race and how it relates to her work. Kenya talks about her process in installing her performance piece. Performance Installation piece: Kenya Eats a Cracker by Kenya Robinson

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Richard Pean: Talenthouse movie poster winner!

Our very own Richard Pean (Undergrad Mentor and Scholar alum) recently won a Movie Poster Design Competition on Talenthouse, which is a platform that provides opportunities for creatives to “participate in unique projects with artists and brands, collaborate, gain recognition and compensation.” For his winning poster design, Richard will attend the film premiere in London or LA (travel and accommodation provided!) and work closely with the production team to create the official film poster. Big congrats to Richard!!! *Scholars, Mentors & Alumni, keep the great news coming! We’re happy to share everyone’s success..

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Chris Soria Visits Scholars!

On Saturday April 16, artist Chris Soria met with Senior Scholars to share his work and to discuss his process with students. Students were impressed at the wide range of work Chris does: including collaborative large-scale murals, illustration,photo collage, pumpkin carving and more! It was great to meet an example of someone who finds a way to divide his time between a wide range of interests– all while making a living doing (many) things he loves.Above, Chris motivates Brihanna and Grace to do a physical brainstorm.The Scholars enjoyed learning new brainstorming and mind mapping strategies while learning about his work.

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Preparing for the Parsons Festival

We’ve been working hard at preparing the upcoming program-wide exhibition in the new annual Parsons Festival which will highlight the progress and achievements of participants in the Parsons Scholars program. Join us on May 7th at 5:30 for our opening in 2 West 13th st. More info soon.. Below, a sneak peek at preparations with coordinator Ananda Cavalli and scholars Kumlyun (Katie) Son and Nelson De Jesus. Looks promising! For a full list of Parsons-wide events, see the Festival calendar.

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Visit to Stony Brook University

On Tuesday April 26th, Mei Yue Luo and her coordinator Nadia enjoyed the last day of Spring Break by taking a tour of SUNY Stony Brook University (where Mei has been accepted!) in Long Island. It was a beautiful day, and Mei received a lot of information to help her make an informed decision of where she’ll be attending next year. Since most colleges require students to respond to their letters of acceptance with a reply by May 1, this is a week full of balancing options, comparing financial aid packages and evaluating program quality– one last time. Good luck to all of our seniors with their (well-informed) decisions!

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Artist: Tanya Linn Albrigtsen-Frable (Mensen)

Mensen joined Scholars April 2nd to present her work and create a comic with the us. It was an awesome experience and we all learned a lot – from Feminism to using art to make political statements. Mensen also gave the Scholars the task of creating a comic – together! Each Scholar drew a panel and then passed it around and the process continued. It was great to complete these comics and decipher what each Scholar was trying to express in their panel. After the presentation the students ended their day with the Union Sq pillow fight. It was a perfect ending to a great day!

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Braiding Workshop!!!

It’s an understatement to say that our seniors have been working hard all year– balancing college applications, maintaining good grades in school, and attending our Saturday program and monthly meetings, among other extra-curricular activities.But, believe it or not, we’ve managed to have fun along theway.. We just haven’t had time to post the pics! Here are a few photos from one afternoon in November when our girls spontaneously created a braiding “workshop”, which turned out to be a great (much-needed) stress reliever! Looking good, ladies!

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Artist: Hank Willis Thomas

Yashua and Shola’s Scholars welcomed Hank Willis Thomas to their Saturday Program March 5th. Laniqua Sprull said, “While viewing the artitst’s work many of us took on the analyzation that his work was based on racism. Listening to the feedback of the work made us finally understand the purpose of finally telling what the titles actually meant.” Leonard Cintron said, “Hank Willis Thomas let the viewers know that just about anything can be racist and most things in the present have something to do with the past.” Other Scholars commented on Hank Willis Thomas’ work. Roxana Sana said, “I liked the way the same person is looked upon differently depending on what they wore.” Raquel Castillo said, “The way you […]

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Forbes Galleries Visit!

Shola’s group of Scholars participated in a mini scavenger hunt during their visit to Forbes Galleries February 26th. They were broken up into groups and asked to work together. Not only did they learn about Forbes Galleries being a home to Forbes Magazine but they learned about the various exhibits and artists there. Juan Peña Parsons Scholars 2011 said “Forbes Galleries has great paintings, jewelry, and drawings. I had a good time with my classmates searching for stuff in the galleries.”

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Community Identity Presentations

On March 18th, after all the hard work produced by the Senior Scholars, teams visited the District Three schools they’re collaborating with to create a Brand Identity that suits their current needs. Scholars and Undergraduate Mentors presented our design proposals for logos to students, faculty, parents and administration and asked for feedback in order to continue the design process during the culminating senior project Community Identity class. Jessica and Christina visit the Bloomingdale School. Francisco,Devon, Paul, Cherry, and Jazmyn present at STEM. Mei, E-Vadnie, and Peter present to teachers and parents at the Museum Magnet School. Jeemin leads Sasha, Nohemi, and Brihanna in their presentation. Saradyn and Nelson spend some time with students during their visit. Joelle, Rosalina, and Deana […]

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Artist: Jeff Sims

Jeff Sims presented his work to the Parsons Scholars February 19th!     The scholars were engaged and asked plenty of questions that Jeff was more than happy to answer.   Jeff shared with us, how he got into art and what influences or inspires his work.  “Well after Jeff Sims’ presentation, I was more excited to be in a painting class. I feel that he is different from most artists/painters. I say this because he does a background check on his ideas; geographic subjects are researched then recreated.” Mary, Parsons Scholar Class 2013   Thanks Jeff!

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Whitney Museum

*This post was written by New Sophomore Scholar Amy G., Class of 2013* New Scholars Adventures On February 12th, Shola’s group of Scholars went on a trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art, located at 945 Madison Avenue. The Whitney is a museum consisting of American art of the early 1900s to the present. Unlike typical skyscrapers in Manhattan that get thinner towards the top, the building’s designer made the building so that it looks like it defies gravity. The top of the building seems much larger than the ground floor.  The building’s architecture is only a sneak peak of the other artwork inside. Most of the artwork inside is very abstract, having you stand directly in front of the […]

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Create Your Own: SHIRT

The Senior Scholars have felt the commitment of marriage – wedded to the Senior Project and bound to create within the limitations of the project. Their coordinators, Nadia and Ananda, created a workshop that allowed seniors to release their creativity outside of class, allowing their imagination to run wild by creating their own shirts. Either fighting to see who gets which colored shirt or struggling with themselves on what to create, the joyful moment was captured on camera.

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Senior Project

We’ve recently passed the third week into the Senior Project and for those of you not involved, here’s an update! On February 5th, the Seniors were introduced to a Collaboration Project with the Department of Education. The project entitles the seniors along with their instructor, Gigi Polo, to assist the Department of Education in creating a Brand Identity a few schools in for District Three. Our scholars will be supporting six schools through a transitional period in order to help them re-define their school identities through the creation of logos, mascots, and color schemes which will be designed into brochures, websites, etc. Their designs will help create a more inspiring atmosphere to match these schools’ exciting new changes. The Seniors […]

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Congrats Paris Winners!!

On Saturday of February 19th, the last of our Paris Winners were announced! The week before the nineteenth three Senior Scholars were chosen for the lucky opportunity to goto Parsons in Paris!

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New Scholar Awards!

Three of our wonderful senior scholars, Camille Labarre, Sasha Smith and Katie (Kumlyun) Son have been honored this week with some great awards! Camille had her portfolio featured as Shown’d Artist of the Week!Congrats, Camille!Check out her work here. Sasha is the recipient of a regional Gold Key Scholastic Art and Writing Award! Her photography was chosen by a panel of professional artists as some of the best in the city! Katie also received a regional Scholastic Gold Key in the category of painting! Wow! Congratulations, guys! Be sure to congratulate them, and all scholars, don’t forget to let us know when you do something cool!

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Super Sabado!

On Saturday February 19th, the senior Scholars braved the cold to join in the festivities uptown at El Museo del Barrio. Dedicated to Latino art, El Museo hosts a monthly event, Super Sabado, which celebrated the upcoming carnaval with concerts and workshops, free to the public. After contemplating the meaning behind the artwork of conceptual Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer, our scholars enjoyed musical performances that celebrated the African roots of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Haitian culture through dance and percussion. What a great day of group bonding and unwinding from senior stress!

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First Day Back

We kicked off the new semester of the Academy with so many exciting things! New sophomore Scholars, the last semester for senior Scholars, a new senior project, and the winners of the big trip to Paris! Looks like its going to be a great spring! Above, Associate Dean Anne Gaines (left) announces the recipients of the scholarship to attend a month-long intensive program in Paris this summer: junior Elizabeth Peralta (not shown) and seniors Sasha Smith (middle) and Nelson DeJesus (middle right). Welcome to our new sophomore scholars and new coordinators Yashua Klos and Shola (Olubusola) Ajayi! We’re happy to have a full house!

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National Portfolio Day

Scholars headed up to Lehman College in the Bronx for National Portfolio Day on Saturday November 20, spending the day visiting representatives from the colleges they’re interested in. The seniors received great feedback from Admissions reps, allowing them to improve their portfolios before submitting officially over the next few months. Luis and Yelaine freezing in the name of our scholars! Ymani and Jessy Jo posing at Lehman

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Gearing up for National Portfolio Day!

After Saturday morning’s class, Seniors in the Parsons Scholars program gathered all of their artwork to review in groups with their Coordinator, College Mentors and peers. Each student gained important feedback regarding what and how to present during a portfolio review at the upcoming National Portfolio Day. The verdict is in: our Scholars are ready!!! Good luck everyone!

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