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Lisa Berk graduated from Colgate University in 2014 where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Asian Studies. Lisa has interned in the education department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and worked as a project technician at Studio TKM, a private fine art conservation studio in Boston. Most recently, Lisa worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the Member and Visitor Services department.
Carolina Cambronero Varela
Carolina Cambronero Varela has been involved in community work that utilizes the arts to promote a better environment and future for its population. The Arts Administration program, with its emphasis on education, will complement and guide her objective of making the arts attainable to all. She believes that society, primarily children, needs exposure to the arts to better understand the power of change that each person has within. She envisions the creation/expansion of non-profit international organizations that will accentuate the importance of education through art for all socio-economic, age, gender and academic levels, particularly in marginalized regions across the globe.
Jordan Carter graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a degree in Percussion Performance. During his undergraduate degree, Jordan was interested in utilizing the intersection between arts engagement and social justice to provide inner-city youth with a positive outlet to express themselves. He served as the President of the College of Fine Arts Student Government, founded the Boston University Black Artists Alliance, and managed an after-school music program for Boston Public School students. Jordan also raps and occasionally performs chamber music for percussion. Ultimately, he plans to become the director of a youth arts center.
Vero Chai was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. In 2014, she received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from New York University, where she developed her skills and knowledge in modern and contemporary art. She also learned Italian and French by studying abroad in Florence and Paris. After graduation, prior to joining Columbia, Vero grew interested in the intermediary role between artists and audiences while working at a Chelsea art gallery, through which she got to represent contemporary Korean artists at Art Miami New York 2015. She entered the Arts Administration program in fall 2016 with primary interest in museum education and curatorial affairs. During her first year, she discovered a new passion for cultural anthropology and sociology of art and culture. Vero’s ambitions lie in brininging recognition and appreciation to the marginalized and underrepresented cultures in the art world.
Hsun-Fang Chang graduated in 2016 from National Chengchi University in Taiwan with double majors in Business Administration and Accounting as well as a minor in Japanese. Her ambition to become an arts manager stemmed from an unwavering passion for the performing arts. She conducted the university choir, co-curated a music festival on campus, and participated in productions of the internationally award-winning Taipei Chamber Singers. Prior to joining ARAD, Hsun-Fang worked at Trees Music & Art as an album field researcher, programming assistant, and marketing coordinator for the label’s Migration Music Festival and New Narratives Film Festival. She enjoys connecting with new audience, and looks forward to gaining practical experiences in audience and fiscal development of art events at ARAD.
Sasha Chen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in Theater and German, and has also studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her previous experience includes theater marketing and producing. Sasha will be interning at AKA in the fall, where she hopes to explore more creative ways to bring theater to a wider range of audiences and learn about measurement and assessment for different marketing strategies.
Jae Hee Cho
Jae Hee Cho graduated from Cornell University where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Art History. During her junior year, she gained inspirational experiences – both artistic and professional – in culturally rich cities, such as Rome and New York City; she interned with Cornelia Lauf, a freelance curator, in Rome and with Skuta Helgason at D.A.P./ Artbook@MoMA PS1 in New York. Upon joining the Arts Administration program, she recently interned at Vara Art, where she assisted with art market research, artist archive research, inventory management, and more. Jae Hee believes in the role of arts institutions in societies. She hopes to explore better ways to support artists and to promote access to broader and more diverse communities.
Sarah Cho graduated from Brown University with a BA in Political Science in 2013. Upon graduation, she moved to Houston where she joined Teach For America and taught 4th grade students as a full time teacher. During her 3 years of teaching, she pursued a MS from Johns Hopkins University in Elementary Teaching. Her interest in arts and arts administration stems from her professional ballet training and it expanded while trying to provide arts exposure and opportunities to low income inner city students in Houston. She is particularly interested in arts education, cultural diplomacy and outreach to inner city schools.
Zamara Choudhary graduated summa magna cum laude from CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2016, where she majored in History with minors in English and Arabic Studies. A native Brooklynite, Zamara enjoys exploring the diaspora of cultural organizations in New York City, and dreamed of working in a museum as a child. Zamara has interned at Studio in a School, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Brooklyn Museum. She hopes to use her unique background and passion for social justice to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and exchange through the arts.
Haley DeLuca is a recent graduate of Davidson College, where she majored in Classics with a minor in Theatre. While at Davidson, Haley took a courseload emphasizing ancient language and literature, studied abroad in Rome, and led student theatre and music groups. She also co-directed, produced, and performed in the college’s first student-run musical theatre production. Her main focus is on the performing arts, with a particular interest in arts education and outreach.
Avery DeMaria is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied trumpet performance and orchestral conducting. Avery has been on the operations management staff of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA for the past three seasons, developing a passion for arts leadership. He also served as the General Manager of WRCT Pittsburgh, a community radio station associated with Carnegie Mellon, overseeing daily broadcast operations. His interest in radio production and management brought Avery to internship posts with WQED Pittsburgh and Wisconsin Public Radio. In joining the Arts Administration program, Avery hopes to expand his skills in order to pursue a career in non-profit leadership, fiscal development, and policy.
Yichen Dong was born and raised in Beijing, China. She graduated from Cornell University in 2016, earning a B.A. in Art History and Economics. She has previously interned at the Palace Museum, the National Art Museum of China, and the International Print Center New York. Currently, she works as the Special Events and Development Intern at SculptureCenter, where she is helping to plan the upcoming annual gala and assisting with various cultivation events.
Beryl Briane Ford
Beryl Briane Ford recently graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with high honors in Art History, a concentration certificate in Museum Studies, and a research fellowship from the Mellon Mays Undergraduate foundation. Prior to being admitted to the Arts Administration program, Beryl Briane interned at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2016 and winter of 2017. Once there, she discovered her passion for Arts Administration and the possibility of pursuing a graduate degree that supported her intersecting interests in public programming, education, and administration. During her time in the ARAD program, Beryl Briane intends on demonstrating how a career that engages rather than siloes her aforementioned interests is possible and sustainable. She is also interested in eagerly exploring how art museums address issues of community engagement and inclusion as they relate to audience development.
Laura Fox graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2010. She holds an MFA in acting with a double major in psychology. She has since worked as a stage manager and production assistant with organizations such as The Public and FringeNYC. Laura has also pursued other endeavors such as wedding planning and corporate training with the largest bowling corporationn the world, Bowlmor-AMF. While these pursuits were rewarding, Laura is committed to pursing a career in theater administration. She desires to be actively involved in a field that can make a difference in people’s lives across generations and cultures.
Caroline Gart is a Brooklyn based theater producer. She recently completed a season long producing fellowship with the Obie Award winning theater company, Clubbed Thumb. She has produced at numerous arts institutions such as New York Stage and Film, Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, PS 122’s COIL Festival, Abrons Arts Center, and The Public Theater. She graduated with from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with High Honors in 2012. Caroline looks forward to building a career that continues to provide vital support for underserved and underfunded artists in New York City
Yangla Kim Gesang
Yangla Kim Gesang received her undergraduate degree in Public Administration at Peking University, and it is the love for Tibetan art that lead her to the Arts Administration program. Kim has worked in several art organizations in Lhasa and Beijing prior to beginning graduate study, and opened her own studio based in Lhasa to assist contemporary Tibetan artists in promoting their exhibitions. Kim hopes to develop and implement an alternative to the art environment in Tibet, so that artists can create more freely, and their works can have exposure to bigger audiences.
Caitlin Green graduated from Villanova University in 2011 where she majored in English and Honors Humanities. Over the past five years, Caitlin has worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She worked primarily in NEH’s Office of Congressional Affairs, advancing the agency’s mission on Capitol Hill. Caitlin looks forward to learning more about management practices in the arts, as well as the role the arts can play in social justice issues.
Anthea Tingyu Guo
Anthea Tingyu Guo graduated with a BA in Economics and a minor in Math from Mount Holyoke College in 2013. In 2015, she received her Master’s degree in Communication Management from University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Taking advantage of her diverse academic background, she had worked cross-fields in e-commercial industry, media industry and entertainment industry after graduation. Now she turns her interest to arts management and aims to bring the concept of e-commerce to Asian arts market by connecting expanding mobil users and utilizing the power of social media marketing. She hopes that at Arts Administration program, Teachers College, she could gain more practical knowledge and experiences in arts industry.
Rob Hansen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012 with first class honours in Musicology. Since then he has worked at both the Australian Youth Orchestra and Gondwana National Choirs, two of Australia’s best training grounds for young musicians. Immediately prior to joining the Arts Administration program at Columbia, Rob worked in Strategic Development at the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s busiest performing arts centre. In addition to his work at the Sydney Opera House, Rob was a volunteer writer and broadcaster for Sydney’s leading independent youth radio station, FBi Radio, as well as a professional choral singer. He is incredibly excited to make the move to New York City, where he hopes to pursue a variety of ambitions in artistic planning, cultural policy and executive leadership.
Tim Hausmann received his undergraduate degree in music theatre performance from Oklahoma City University. He then moved to New York City, where he spent six years working as an actor, singer, and dancer. After performing in the most recent Broadway revival and national tour of West Side Story, Tim decided to direct his passion for the arts into creating and advocating for meaningful performing arts experiences for others. His focus within arts administration is evaluation and assessment- specifically data-based arts advocacy and decision-making. He currently works in the research department at The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway theatre industry
Peter Huang graduated from Gordon College in Wenham MA. Before joining the ARAD program, he worked at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA and Massachusetts Cultural Council in Boston. Peter is a muralist, and his spray paint projects can be seen in Boston and Cambridge. Peter is also a global motorcycle adventurist, and has accomplished multiple motorcycle adventures across North America, China, Southeast Asia and India. His motorcycle public art project across India was featured in a 9 episodes Travel Channel TV series. Upon the completion of his graduate studies, Peter hopes to continue to create, manage and facilitate community-based public art projects across different cultures using his artistic skills and adventure spirit.
Qiuhui (Rachel) Huang
Qiuhui (Rachel) Huang graduated from Peking University in July 2017, where she majors in Sociology. In Peking University, she has developed her particular interest in urban sociology and her concerns regarding Chinese citizens and society. She was once inspired by a city designer’s words that “do not look at how many people are walking in the city, but look at how many people have stopped walking to stay and enjoy what is there.” Since she came to Beijing, 798 Art District and traditional Beijing Hu Tongs have become her places of leisure and pleasure. She has also joined a student-run art project that aims to eliminate violence and discrimination towards women and LGBT, and advocate for equality. She wants to lead urban art projects in the future to inspire a new wave of art appreciation in China, bring forth a rise in mutual understanding, and create a brand-new lifestyle for Chinese citizens.
Alex Huber-Weiss lived most of her life in and around the NYC area, and is thrilled to be moving back in the fall. She attended Swarthmore College where she earned her BA in Art, Education, and Art History. For the past three years, she has been teaching art and English at an allgirls boarding school in Maryland. She loves teaching, but is excited to be diving in to new areas of her professional life. She still does her own art as often as she can, including weaving, drawing, and painting.
Hsuan-Li (Sonia) Hung
Hsuan-Li (Sonia) Hung holds a double bachelor’s degree in Political Economy and History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduating from Berkeley, she has interned in the National Science and Technologies Museum and Chimei Museum, doing research, marketing and sales. Her interest in art directly intersects with her training in economic theory and her extracurricular activities in graphic design and photography. Sonia wishes to explore opportunities in non-profit and for-profit art sectors that combine marketing, arts and technology. Sonia is originally from Taiwan and is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Gillian Jakab grew up in Brooklyn. She graduated with High Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the Residential College of the University of Michigan in 2016, earning degrees in “Arts and Ideas in the Humanities" (an interdisciplinary history of the visual, performing, and literary arts) and in French. She has worked as editorial intern for the Lincoln Center Festival and her writing, which can be found at www.gillianjakab.com, has been published in The Brooklyn Rail and The Michigan Daily. In her graduate work, she hopes to focus on cultural policy and diplomacy. Gillian believes the arts in general, and the performing arts in particular, are uniquely positioned to help bridge divides among cultural and political identities.
V Jie came from Shenzhen, China. In 2017, she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa from University of Rochester, where she majored in Financial Economics and Studio Arts and minored in Music. Prior to graduation, she interned at Deloitte Financial Advisory in Hong Kong, focusing on valuation of financial instruments. Through her art practices, she presents and represents the anti-categorical and anti-productive concepts, trying to reconcile her “idle” self-cultivation with the manipulative system. V hopes to gain practical skill set and professional experience while studying in the program and working in NYC. In the future, she seeks to promote contemporary art in her home country.
Nadia Kyne has held the position of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the past five years. In 2013 she was elected Chair of the Orchestra Committee, the musicians’ representative on the board of directors. Committed to bringing music education to underserved communities, she taught at an after-school outreach program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and worked as a teacher-participant in a collaborative study with the UBC Faculty of Education on the effects of music education on Self-Regulated Learning. Nadia is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned degrees in Flute Performance.
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Sunny Leerasanthanah is a graduate from Ithaca College in New York. She received a BFA in Film, Photography & Visual Arts with minors in Art History and English. She has since interned with Public Art Fund, Independent Curators International, and the Brooklyn Museum’s Department of African Art. She currently works as a gallery associate and continues to produce photography and video art, which you can view at www.sunnyleeras.com. Her passion lies in contemporary visual art and the application of new media; she has presented research on the topic of Post-Internet Art at Ithaca College’s 19th James J. Whalen Symposium. In addition, she is interested in creating dialogue around LGBTQ+ issues and runs a blog during her free time on queer fashion.
Allason Leitz received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis and a minor in Global African Studies at Seattle University. Throughout her undergraduate career and since she has been a part of the administrative team at Yole!Africa a cultural center in Goma, D.R. Congo which hosts the Congo International Film Festival founded in 2005 by the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Petna Ndaliko. Since graduating in 2014 she has continued to be involved with Yole!Africa as well as moving to Berlin, Germany for a year where she worked on the i-doc web series Kinshasa Collection under Dorothee Wenner. Moving forward, Allason hopes to continue to develop bridges in the arts scene between the D.R. Congo and Europe/US because she believes that both places have the potential to learn immensely from one another
Evy Yiran Li
Evy Yiran Li has an art history background. She focuses on contemporary art, especially how emerging young artists manage their own relationships with their own artworks, and how they introduce themselves to other art appreciators. During Spring 2017, she interned at WhiteBox, a non-profit artists’ space in lower Manhattan as the founder assistant. Currently she is aiming to discover opportunities in the field of art advisory.
Pengyuan (Emily) Lin
Naomi Litman-Zelle graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 2014 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. Her studies focused on youth culture, social movements and the connections between artistic media and the cultural ideas they express. While at Northeastern, she interned at the University’s art gallery, Gallery 360, to gain an understanding of the administration and policy of artistic spaces. After graduating, she worked in Boston as a fundraiser at Road Scholar, an educational travel organization, where she cultivated her interest in nonprofit development work. She is interested in grassroots movements, specifically arts organizations, and she is excited to use her time in the Arts Administration program to further explore their role in constructing creative strategies to confront global issues.
Celine Liu graduated with a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the summer of 2017. In her graduate work, she hopes to focus on cultural diplomacy and to gain more practical knowledge in the arts industry. Her interests lie in marketing and the management of visual arts as well as in creating wider opportunity and accessibility to engage with visual arts. She hopes to combine her interests in international politics and arts administration to work towards building dialogues between cultural and political identities.
Xingyu (Rainie) Ma
Xingyu (Rainie) Ma graduated from University of California, Irvine in May 2017 as a major of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance and Accounting, will. She has ten years of Chinese classical dance training and has also got professional dance training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Both her passion for dance and her business background lead her down to the path of arts administration. She served as Financial Manager and Sponsorship Contact for a student-run non-profit dance organization called “Shining Stars” for three years at UCI, which aims to provide free dance classes to the children in Orange County area. She was also the Social Media Coordinator for the East Meets West International Festival held at UC, Irvine. During her school years, she worked for tons of shows in stage management, house management, marketing, and ticket operations. She has determined to dedicate her life to the prosperity of the performing arts, making arts programs more available to everybody.
Jodi Mikesell graduated with honors from the University of Washington, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Art History with a minor in Architecture. Her road to TC, Columbia University was a circuitous onewith stops in costume design, event planning, art curation, accounting, and education. Before returning to school, she lived in Seattle and had worked for Amazon.com, Teatro Zinzanni, and The Northwest School of Art. Most recently, she has interned at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where she helped to coordinate their annual visual art auction. She is currently the president of SAA (Student Advocates for the Arts), a TC student organization which helps build community among ARAD students and the greater NYC arts community, and empowers students to advocate for the importance of Art in America.
Jana Morimoto graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and French. For the last 14 years, she has worked primarily as a theatrical costumer for various colleges and theaters across Los Angeles, most recently serving as a member of the LA Opera wardrobe department. Jana looks forward to attending the Arts Administration program at Columbia so that she can explore better ways to support and advocate for fellow artists, and help connect more communities with the arts.
Thanh Nguyen graduated from the Ohio State University (2012) with a BA in Theatre, a BS in Anthropological Sciences and minored in Spanish and evolution/ecology. Recently, he completed a yearlong education fellowship at Shakespeare Theatre Company and tutors independently. Previously, he worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest, Central Community House, American Red Cross, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc. and Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture. Artistically, he performed with InterACT, Worthington Community Theatre, Raconteur Theatre and Lab Series. Thanh will focus on diversity/inclusion practices within arts education programs.
Kristian Otten is a graduate of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. He has worked in management and as a consultant for various off-Broadway and regional theater ventures in the greater NYC area. Most recently he has worked with iLuminate at New World Stages as assistant company manager and at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut in audience development and front of house business. Kristian is also currently active in the revitalization of the Stratford Shakespeare Theater. In addition to this work, he sustains a position as Musical and Worship Arts Director at the Covenant Church of Easton, CT. Kristian is pursuing a Master’s degree at Columbia in order to develop his experience as an advocate for the performing arts.
Burcu Ozler graduated from Duke University with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, as well as a minor in English. She has held internship positions at Borusan Contemporary, Nasher Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and worked as a floater at Sotheby’s, where she discovered her passion to engage in innovative artistic projects. Currently, she is living in Istanbul, Turkey and conducting art valuations for a private collector.
Marina Piedade was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated in Communications in 2006 from the University of São Paulo. During college she feel in love with photography, beginning to develop her own artistic work. In 2007 she received a Diploma in Professional Photography from the University of the Arts London, in the UK. Ever since she worked as a freelancer portraitist for the main magazines in Brazil, until about one year ago when she moved to the US.
Chad Rabago is a graduate of Chapman University where he studied Integrated Educational Studies and Organizational Leadership. He moved to the DC area to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at KID Museum, and following his service year worked as the Office & Volunteer Coordinator at ArtStream, Inc., a disability services arts non-profit. He has been involved in various areas of volunteer management, community outreach, and audience services at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Discovery Cube Orange County, the National Postal Museum, and Shakespeare Theatre Company. With a passion for working with volunteers, Chad is interested in civic engagement and service in the arts.
Maggie Richardson is a 2015 graduate of Presbyterian College, where she majored in International Studies and minored in Art History and Chinese Studies. Upon completion of her bachelors degree, Maggie completed a Public Programs internship at the Rubin Museum of Art, where she assisted in production of events while learning about the importance of preserving and presenting artistic representations of world cultures. Maggie subsequently began working part time at The Rubin as an Admissions and Engagement Associate. She is eager to learn more about the various moving parts that create and sustain art institutions, and hopes to someday work in museum administration.
Jiawen Song holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration and major in marketing in Peking University. So far, he has interned in Harper’s Bazaar Art as a marketing department assistant, Bain’s ART MEETS AUTISM project as a part time assistant, ARTOPIA and FOU gallery as a sales assistant in 2 art fairs, CIGE and ART BEIJING and a gallery assistant in PACE BEIJING. For long, he has held the firm belief that art should be accessible to the public, stimulate curiosity and create beauty for the world instead of being limited to the privileged elites as their defined cultural capital. His aspiration to become an art administrator and join ARAD community is to bridge art with the public and the society and delve innovative models for art institutions to operate in the future.
Anlan Tang graduated from Emory University in 2017 with a B.B.A. degree and also a certificate of major in art history. During my college life, she was the vice president of Emory Chinese Theater Club. Anlan is always interested in exploring the similarities and difference between all kinds of art and wants to bring them together and make something new. She also wants to keep expanding my business knowledge into the art area, especially in the connection between finance and art. Through study in TC and arts administration, Anlan hopes to learn more about art markets and operation of art organizations and wishes to pursue a working path in art and arts administration.
Chujun Christine Tang
Chujun Christine Tang was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She graduated cum laude from Barnard College in 2016 with a B.A. degree in Art History and Visual Arts. After graduation, she interned at James Fuentes Gallery. While completing her undergraduate studies, Christine worked as the Auction Specialist Intern at Christie’s. She is currently the marketing intern at Burberry working on event and retail marketing in Shanghai.
Angelica Tran graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2012 with a degree in Music. Before joining the ARAD cohort, Angelica taught music in Orlando, Florida. Some of her experiences involved teaching general music in both public and private preschool and elementary schools, as well as teaching private clarinet lessons. During her spare time, she pursued volunteer opportunities with performing arts organizations in Orlando including Central Florida Community Arts and Orlando Shakespeare Theater, which helped her to develop a strong interest in arts administration. She hopes in the future to work for a performing arts organization where she can provide music opportunities that are accessible and affordable to all children.
Originally from Paris, France, Myriam Varjacques is a 2014 graduate of Barnard College with a distinction in English and a minor in Dance. She has interned for American Ballet Theatre, The Shakespeare Society, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The New 42nd Street, Inc, among others. Myriam danced with Columbia University’s Orchesis: A Dance Group for her entire college career. From 2014-2016, she was the Marketing Assistant for the Mark Morris Dance Group, where the collaborative environment allowed her to work with nearly every department of the organization on such projects as brochures, company programs, website content management, and audio and video archiving. Her ambitions lie in advocacy and fundraising for performing arts education.
Yifan Wang graduated from New York University Shanghai (2017) with a BS in Interactive Media Arts, and a minor in Finance. During her undergraduate studies, she developed her interest in the practice of new media art, and created projects ranging in forms from installation to data visualization design. Her aspiration in arts administration stemmed from her internship at Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, where she worked closely with the curatorial team to carry out Shanghai Ever, an exhibition featuring a group of contemporary artists. She also held internships with LEO XU PROJECTS and PHOTOFAIRS, where she gained exposures to the art market. The experience has further nourished her interest in for-profit sector of visual arts. Yifan keeps insatiable curiosity about the art world, and is eager to explore diverse possibilities in the management of visual arts.
Rebecca (Becky) Wilkening
Rebecca (Becky) Wilkening is a first year student in the Arts Administration MA program at the Teacher’s College of Columbia University. She enters the program with a strong and diverse background in visual arts and humanities, having graduated with honors in the fields of History and German Studies. Her previous experience includes development and non-profit work at the International Sculpture Center (Hamilton, NJ) as well as various other internships at galleries and museums in the tristate area as well as Berlin, Germany.
Lauren Williams is from Richmond, Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia where she received her BA in New Media Design and Printmaking. Her undergraduate experience in visual arts translated into work as a full time Graphic Designer and Creative Manager supporting various industries including the arts, defense, and healthcare. She is interested in developing and utilizing art and design for positive social impact.
Jin Wu is a 2017 graduate of Brandeis University, where she double majored in Economics and Studio Art, minored in Business. Prior to joining the Arts Administration program, Jin has various working experiences, such as interning in Vstone Capital, Shanghai, China, and establishing Ucall Education LLC, Waltham, MA. She is currently gaining practical knowledge of the interaction of art and business as she works at T+H Gallery. Jin is particularly interested in obtaining social benefits through art projects, and she is eager to learn about combining social concerns with the process of art curating and consulting during graduate education.
Austin Yoon graduated from Rutgers University in 2014, majoring in Management and Art History. During his junior year, he gained his first exposure to museum operations as a registrar intern at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum. His coursework was further supplemented by a study abroad program in Paris, where he studied the history of French art. Since graduating, Austin has worked at various art organizations in New York City, including ART21, The Museum of Modern Art, and James Cohan Gallery--currently, he works in Museum Experience at The Met Breuer. Aside from his interests in modern and contemporary art, he hopes to build a career in nonprofit management.
Xiyuan Zhang came from China and graduated from Nankai University in 2017, majoring in Sociology and minoring in International Economics & Trade. Interested in the relationship between urban sociology and arts, Xiyuan interned in various art organizations, including the local art museum, a private art spaces and Visual Art Department in the Cultural Ministry. These experiences let her learn about the power of non-profit art organizations, which can help the society to rebuild its own spirit also develop its own culture brand. So subsequent to her graduate studies, she dreams to implement her training to administer an art museum that will garner both national and international prestige. Although it sounds impossible, she believes that her study in TC will help her dream come true.
Chloe Zhao graduated from the Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Art History and minoring in Visual Arts. Her interest in Asian art stemmed from her independent research project on Chinese Modernism in college. Through her internship and volunteer experiences in galleries, auction houses and press and media in cities like Shanghai, Paris and New York, she is further intrigued to explore the development and globalization of the Asian art market. Chloe speaks native Chinese and fluent French, thanks to a one-year study abroad experience in Paris. The integration of practical and academic exercises at the Arts Administration program attracts her the most, and she hope to pursue a career in art advisory, focusing on Asian modern and contemporary art upon graduation from the program.
Yajie Zheng earned her B.A. in art history from Cornell University with minor in business and fine arts in 2016. To explore both non-profit and for-profit art enterprises, she took internships in Metropolitan Museum of Art in exhibition design and Christie’s New York South Asian Modern+- Contemporary department. Before joining ARAD, she worked with the renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing as assistant producer for the artist’s first feature film Dragonfly Eyes, an award-winning movie made solely of found surveillance footage. Through the ARAD program, she aims to research and promote the breeding of art and technology as catalyst for social change.