Nadine Baldasare graduated from CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies with a BS in Film in 2003. She spent fifteen years working in film, television and freelance photography, including as Executive Producer of the PBS LGBT newsmagazine, In the Life. She is currently interested in developing an innovative model for financing and growing arts education programs that foster critical thinking skills for students to become better consumers of art, media & culture. She leads an arts activism group which amplifies marginalized voices and helps to organize community education in media literacy.
Tia Bangura was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. In 2015 she graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University with a BA in Anthropology and Black Studies. Her background in cultural anthropology sparked an interest in art and art history. Although she was first interested in curating, Tia soon came to learn about arts administration through undergraduate coursework and professional development opportunities. She has interned at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, volunteered with the Cascade Festival of African Films, and most recently worked at the Portland Art Museum as a Membership Associate. She is interested in Black artists, development, museum education, and equity in the arts. Tia is excited to be part of the Arts Administration program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and aspires to use art to engage with diverse communities.
Natalie Burrowsgraduated from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2017 where she studied Music, German, and Music History. After graduating, she served as an English Teaching Assistant in Braunschweig, Germany through the Fulbright Program. Since then, Natalie has been working as the Company Manager for Finger Lakes Opera. She ultimately hopes to promote equality and equity via cultural education and dialogue through the arts.
Carolina Ide Carvallo was born in Santiago de Chile. After obtaining a Bachelor in Business Administration at Universidad de los Andes in 2015, she attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy to train in Musical Theater and Performance in New York City. As a performer, administrator and volunteer at the Sing for Hope Foundation, she understands the influence the arts have in people’s lives, and hopes to combine her knowledge and training to promote growth in the arts scene, granting its access to individuals and communities that need it the most.
Demi (Tin Yiu) Chan graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in Art History and a minor in Business from Brandeis University, where she was elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Before Brandeis, she studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and became interested in the interactions around artworks. She had internships at China Guardian Auctions in Beijing and Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. After graduation, she interned at galleries in New York. By pursuing the arts administration degree at TC, Demi wants to leverage her experience and knowledge in studio art and art history to promote the connections between artists and their audiences. She is seeking new concepts to provide better access of art to the general public.
Monica Chen is originally from the Boston area. She studied piano performance in conservatory, and completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Monica is interested in audience development and institutional sustainability. After the ARAD program, Monica plans to stay in New York City to be part of the force that supports the performing arts’ continued vibrance and growth.
Nicole (Jiawei) Chen graduated from Colgate University in May, 2018 with a Studio Art major as well as minors in Museum Studies and Economics. Interested in both fine arts and design, she has previously volunteered at the Church of Santa Croce in Florence and interned with the NYC-based fashion designer Asher Levine. Until graduation, Nicole worked as an intern at Colgate University’s art museum, Picker Art Gallery, where she engaged in object research, collection management, and publicity. Her background in painting and sculpture shapes her understanding of art as something tactile, human, and approachable. Upon joining TC’s ARAD program, she hopes to investigate ways to facilitate the accessibility of art for a wider demographic in the for-profit sector.
Sabrina (Ming Jia) Chen graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019 with a BA in History of Art and Anthropology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has worked primarily with private collectors in the realms of curating, collections management and exhibition planning. She has worked to plan events that link private collectors with provincial Chinese governments in an effort to engage local communities using resources thus unavailable in the public sector of art exhibition. With a particular passion for Chinese decorative arts throughout history, she is interested in exploring the structural issues that stifle the exchange of art and education in the arts. She hopes to take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the ARAD program and to promote cultural education through sustainable means.
Christine (Yu-Hsuan) Chuang graduated from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) in 2018 where she earned a Master’s degree in World Literatures in English. Her research experience ranges from postcolonial studies, dance theories, bibliography, multilingualism, and life-writing. She was inspired by the development of transitional justice in cultural organizations in Berlin when she was an exchange student at the Free University of Berlin in Germany. Originally from Taiwan, she is eager to transform her passion for arts, literature, and postcolonial studies into a career that focuses on advocating transitional justice (especially postcolonial cities like Taipei) through museum education and community engagement. In future, she hopes to create forums for different historical interpretations, raise the public’s awareness and open new conversations that identify truth and foster reconciliation.
Sophie (Suh Young) Chung received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. In addition to her work in the legal world, she has worked for the Volunteers Group for Artists in Korea as a lecturer and researcher. She is interested in art law and art business. Sophie expects that attending the Arts Administration Program at Columbia will help to enhance her understanding of the arts business and will provide more opportunities for her to expose herself to issues in art law.
Cornelia Clay graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont in 2015, earning her BA in Art and Art History, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Departmental Honors award for Art History. During her studies, Cornelia interned with the Director of UVM’s Fleming Museum and also worked as a gallery coordinator and intern for the Burlington City Arts Center, contributing to a variety of exhibitions and community focused programming. Upon moving to Austin, TX Cornelia interned with various Austin-based arts organizations and at The Contemporary Austin conducting provenance research. Cornelia has since continued her curatorial work at Twyla, a contemporary art and technology startup. Having experience in both nonprofit and for-profit companies, Cornelia looks forward to developing her skills as an arts leader in order to promote a more equitable cultural economy that better serves working artists and the public.
Ty Cooperman is a born-and-raised New Yorker. He co-founded and manages Anti-Renaissance, a queer art collective. Ty earned his BA in Art History with high honors from NYU. Ty’s scholarship generally focuses on queer art and artists as well as the complexities of exhibiting controversial and/or previously censored works of art. His larger goal in graduate school is to learn how to make the digital age maximally profitable for visual artists.
Atiya Dorsey graduated from the Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida in 2017. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) with minors in Dance and Entrepreneurship. As an African American choreographer and performer, Atiya’s work examines the lens through which we view black bodies in dance. More specifically, she strives to create strong, visual images through pedestrian movement in order to instill an idea of constant dialogue between the dance, dancers, and audience members. Atiya looks forward to continuing this dialogue at Teachers College.
Lulu (KaiLuk) Fong graduated with a degree in Accounting, and minored in Art History and Graphic Design. She sought out ARAD after recent participation at Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai and Lisson Gallery Shanghai. She looks forward to participating in a multifaceted curriculum and engaging with the cohort to eventually scale up facilities that expand the public’s accessibility to the arts and better support programmes that empower creatives.
Ulrike Figueroa Vilchis studied Art History at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. During this time she studied abroad in Holland, where she focused on new media art. After graduation, Ulrike interned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection where she was later hired as Intern Coordinator and stayed on for a little over two years. After returning to Mexico, she joined the Ministry of Culture and has worked with the Technical Cabinet of the Presidency on several special projects involving archives, research, museography and curatorial work. Ulrike aims to work in the public sector building new audiences through outreach programs and developing favorable public policies for marginalized communities to encourage development through arts and culture.
Originally from Tennessee, John Gattis graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2006 before attending Stony Brook University where he earned both his Masters and Doctorate in Musical Arts in Horn Performance. As a performer John works in a variety of styles and has performed with groups such as the West Point Band, Radio City Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the Daejong Philharmonic. He is particularly passionate about contemporary music and is the founder of several new chamber ensembles with whom he has worked closely with a number of composers and premiered dozens of new works. As an educator he serves on the music faculty at the Dwight-Englewood School and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and enjoys working with both young performers and composers. In addition to teaching and performing John also works at the Bloomingdale School of Music which is where he first discovered his interest in arts administration. Through his various professional experiences John has developed a passion for expanding access and diversity within the arts and is excited to be joining the ARAD program where he hopes to learn more about policy and leadership in order to affect positive change.
Liliana Guerrero Delgado studied Business Administration at Los Andes University in Bogotá Colombia. After graduation, Liliana worked as a research assistant in the university and later joined the Alternative Contents division in Cine Colombia, her country’s largest cinema exhibitor and distributor. In this role, she distributed live events in cinemas such as New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s National Theatre productions and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet amongst others. Liliana aims to work in the public sector in order to promote the strengthening of artistic endeavors by demonstrating the socioeconomic impact of this industry, making the cultural sector a key-contributor to Colombia’s development.
Celina (Xiangyuan) Hang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 2019 with an academic concentration in Fashion Business and a minor in Media, Culture, and Communication. She was born in a family where both of her parents are professional artists, and she has been drawn to the connection between art and fashion. In order to gain more practical experience of the industry, she interned at Christian Louboutin, PR Consulting, and Moda Operandi. She has recently launched her own jewelry brand Dusty Duet in 2018 and looks forward to collaborating with young artists in the future. She firmly believes that fashion is a form of art which people use to express themselves. Moreover, she is eager to explore all different aspects of art at ARAD.
Allison Remy Hall received a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. As an undergraduate, Hall fostered her interest in the arts as an assistant preparator and research assistant at the Yale Art Gallery and UW Madison’s galleries and collections. Following graduation, Hall worked as a Japanese language-based flight attendant for United-Continental. While flying, she began her exploration of the arts and society, curating her first exhibition Wastelands at 313 gallery in Jersey City in 2014. Since then, Hall has curated over a dozen exhibitions in New Jersey and across the East Coast. As a curator, Hall strives to create exhibitions that engage the community beyond the immediate arts core, include artists of diverse backgrounds and mediums, and explore prevailing social and political topics through artwork. In 2017, Hall and her partner founded No Such Arts, an arts production and management firm based in Jersey City.
Gaosong V. Heu is a Hmong American performance artist, published writer, arts administrator, and arts educator. She was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN and graduated from the University of MN-Twin Cities in 2015 with her BA in Theater Arts, with a focus on research and Hmong American performance practices. Gaosong has performed original music and traditional Hmong folk instruments for diverse audiences all over the world. In 2017, Gaosong and her mother, Pang Her Vang, were the recipients of the Minnesota State Arts Board "Cultural Community Partnership Grant." Gaosong's most recent role in arts administration was as an Administrative Manager for Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, for which received the 2017 "Sally Award in Education" from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Gaosong is excited to continue her journey in arts administration as a MA Candidate in Columbia University's ARAD Program. To review Gaosong's full resume and bio, please visit her website at www.GaosongVHeu.com.
Qianhe Ji graduated from Peking University, majoring in Art History and Sociology. She is always interested in exploring the wider and deeper connection between art and society, and trying to bridge the gap between the art and the public. To help more audience better appreciate art works through exhibitions, she aspired to get involved in curating. Prior to graduation, she was a co-curator of Humanoid Monsters in History held in Peking University, and she interned as curatorial assistant at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Peking. And she organized weekend salons and planned public lectures in an art center to help more people learn about contemporary art. Through the ARAD program, Qianhe looks forward to accumulating more experience in contemporary curatorial practice, and operating art education projects to pass on the knowledge of arts to the public.
Sarah Lamade completed her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Rochester. She has interned at several museums, including the National Museum of Play in Rochester and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire. Before joining the ARAD program, Sarah spent two years in South India working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, doing research on the interplay between indigenous and colonial heritages, and developing a professional extension course on museum practice in India. She is working towards a career as a cultural consultant and aims to support museums as inclusive and engaging educational spaces for dialogues which cut across boundaries.
Sarah Leary was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. During her undergraduate education she worked as an actor in the Tony Award winning show The Lost Colony. After teaching high school theatre arts for four years in Asheville, she decided to join the ARAD cohort. She plans to return to public school programing in hopes to promote funding, supplies, and spaces for students in the arts. Sarah also works as a freelance model.
Ziqing (Jessica) Liu earned Bachelor degree from University of California, Irvine in 2016 and double majored in Art History and Economics. She worked as a marketing intern at Berkshire Hathaway while she was an undergraduate student. Since graduation, she has worked as an investment analyst at China Investment Financial Holdings. She has a great passion for the arts from different periods and is interested in the obstacles that prevent the promotion and exchange of artistic works. She is interested in combining her knowledge of finance and art to analyze art markets and evaluate art projects, and wishes to pursue a position as an art consultant after she graduates from Teachers College.
Vera (Jiawen) Long graduated from University of California, San Diego in June 2019 with a major in Theatre Arts and minor in Business. Vera found her love for arts at a very young age. Born and raised in Chengdu, China, she started with traditional Chinese painting at 6 and then developed her interests in sketching and oil painting. She also has learned Latin dance for three years. As the president and founder of Hot Meal Program, she has been using arts to create more opportunities as well as a better life for children in poor areas in China. She believes that arts can be a fantastic medium for people to connect and bond with each other, to make minorities’ voices heard and to make the society more equitable. By joining ARAD, Vera hopes to promote arts to a wider range of audience and use arts to contribute to a better world.
Carolina Luna graduated first in her class from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2017, earning a B.A. in Philosophy. Throughout her years of undergraduate studies, she explored the field of Philosophy of Art, conducting research on this topic and focusing on the way in which different philosophical currents shape how we understand and create works of art. Before arriving at the Arts Administration program at Columbia, Carolina was involved with different local museums in Perú, working in education, planning and curatorship. Carolina believes that museums and artistic institutions are philosophical spaces, and that art education is a crucial element in order to encourage reflection and critical thought in a society.
Echo (Aining) Ma graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University where she majored in Art History with Concentration in Visual Arts and minored in Economics and Psychology. During her junior year, she worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Social Media Intern. She helped to create content for all digital platforms in order to reflect the brand of the Met. In her senior year, she worked at Hearst Design Group as a Market Editorial Intern, focusing on researching product and showrooms, as well as helping with photoshoots and art direction. During her graduate studies, she hopes to explore more possibilities in the art industry while working with her cohort and professionals.
Richard Mayer graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Theatre and History. After graduating he worked as a venue owner, producer, administrator and actor in New Orleans. Serving as Executive Director for Old Marquer Theatre, he grew the organization into the busiest live theatre in the region and headed the theatre's successful in-house productions. He is Co-Producer of NOLA Nerdlesque Festival, a pop-culture parody burlesque festival, and an advisor for New Orleans Infringe Theatre Fest. For his efforts supporting and growing the performance scene, he was named 2012 Times-Picayune New Orleans Theatre Person of the Year. Recently, Richard served as Festival Assistant for Music in the Mountains, a classical music festival in Durango, Colorado now in its 33rd year.
Natalie (Ziruo) Niu was born and raised in China. She graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Her passion for art started with her father, who used to be an artist. Throughout her three years of undergraduate studies, she developed her interest in modern art and new media. Upon graduation, she held internships in galleries, media and Public Relations. Her gallery internships gave her an opportunity to assist in coordinating shows, auctions, and press releases. Later, she joined the social media and marketing team for a pop up exhibition. Given her interests in art and business, she decided to attend the Arts Administration program at Columbia. She is eager to explore different aspects of the arts and looks forward to gaining both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
Ian Prince has lived in New York City for over three years working in many different positions as a performer and producer. After graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in English and Theater, Ian participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. For three years he taught English to school children in rural Japan until returning to the United States in 2013. Acting will always remain Ian’s passion, and he is particularly interested in traditional theatrical forms from across the globe. In the future, he hopes to become involved in the increasing globalization of visual and performing arts. He is a native of the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Magdalena Polak is from Vienna, Austria. She received her BA in Art History and Russian from St. Andrews University in Scotland. Always interested in establishing cross-references, as an Undergraduate, she focussed on comparing Medieval with Twentieth Century art; particularly looking into sensory experience during Catholic Mass and comparing it with sensory stimulation during Performance Art from the 1960s. Being as passionate about the performing as she is about the visual arts, Magdalena is committed to the idea of the art forms’ consistent support for each other and considers them interlinked. Prior to joining the ARAD program, she interned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Collection Friedrichshof and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, as well as spending six months studying in St. Petersburg.
At Columbia, she particularly looks forward to focussing on Education and Marketing, and hopes to explore profit organisations operating visual arts, music, and performance arts. Magdalena is pursuing the dream of making the arts more accessible to audiences, and is passionate about creating communities through a united passion for culture. A keen cook, she also intends to spend her time in New York City immersing herself in all the culinary options it has to offer.
Ariel (Yuxin) Li graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama and an AAS in Fashion Design from the Parsons School of Design in 2016. Over the last three years she worked as an Account Manager with COSMOPOLITAN China and has volunteered as an Art Education Administrator creating online teaching content for a non-profit startup. Besides, she teaches fashion history and fashion marketing classes during her spare time. As a graduate student with a strong fashion background, she hopes to focus on improving her understanding of visual arts together with exploring both marketing and fundraising strategies in Arts Administration. She is very excited to start her journey to explore more possibilities in Teachers College, Columbia University.
Michelle (Xin) Liu was born and raised in Shenzhen, China. In May 2019, she graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Art History and minored in Economics. Prior to graduation, she has interned in the art consultant and sales team at Artron Art Center. She has also interned at Gap. Inc and Esquire, doing visual merchandising and digital marketing. She is interested in both art and fashion and wishes to explore more possibilities in the field of art.
Yaqi Liu earned her BFA in Theatre Studies with a minor in Business from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During college, Yaqi has founded the first independent theatre group in the Mandarin-speaking community of her university. She worked as production manager and stage manager, which inspired her enthusiasm for a diverse performing arts industry. Yaqi is looking forward to studying the entrepreneurship and business track of arts administration in the market of inter-cultural theatre production.
Guadalupe Lobeto was born in Buenos Aires. In 2018 she graduated summa cum laude from Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) with a degree in Humanities. While a student she worked as a research assistant for the Philosophy Department at her university and interned at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Latin American Museum of Art in Buenos Aires. It was thanks to those experiences that she grasped the idea that cultural institutions are spaces that can actively contribute to positive changes in society. After graduating she was accepted for an Internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and most recently has been working at a Film Production Company. Guadalupe looks forward to joining the Arts Administration program to learn how to create responsible cultural management strategies, that are profitable, interdisciplinary and that promote inclusion.
Jialiang (David) Luo was born and raised in Beijing. He participated in a transnational program where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Economics and Arts from China and the United States. He majored in global cultural trade at Beijing International Studies University and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in visual arts management. As a collaborative pianist, he has been playing with orchestras and choirs for most of his life, while striving to become a solo concert player. Because of his passion for performing arts as a student, he co-founded VIGO Social, an organization that plans and holds local performing events for students in Beijing. He also interned at the Arts Education department of Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, which inspired him to attend the Arts Administration program at Teachers College. His vision is to enable people of all demographics to enjoy the benefits of art by integrating business and education.
Isabella Rivera Ruiz was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Recently, she graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez where she finished a BBA in Marketing and a Minor in Art. In her former professional experience, she has worked with non-profits, for-profits, startups, charities, and managed/organized various volunteering groups around her community. Her current focus encompasses working closely with Latinx/Hispanic artists in PR as well as other underrepresented groups of artists in order to share their stories through her blog and help expose their art at a global scale. Her latest venture involved volunteering at the Museum of Art at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and is most enthusiastic to hone her business skills and art advocacy within the Arts Administration program. Today, Isabella’s interests lie with museum education, equity in the arts, social justice, and making a difference within the dynamic art sector of NYC’s diverse community.
Morgan Sapp graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education. Since then, she has taught music for two years in public elementary schools in Gainesville, Florida. In addition, Morgan is a dedicated oboe player who performed with two different ensembles in Gainesville. Inspired by the interactions she has had with her young students through music, Morgan joins the ARAD program with the intention to help make the performing arts affordable and accessible to all. She is interested in educational outreach as well as bringing the arts to underserved communities.
Lia Alexandra de Souza Sanchez graduated from UCL (University College London) in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art with Material Studies. Her work experience thus far includes working at local museums, a contemporary art gallery and two conservation labs. She believes that art has the power to create a positive social impact on communities and is therefore interested in finding ways to support and promote non-funded artistic institutions and in making art accessible to all.
Jessica Salomon is a choreographer, writer, and educator from Princeton, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. She graduated with a B.A. in 2017 from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she combined her passions for dance, fiction, psychology, and education into a concentration centered around the manifestations of narrative through word and movement. After graduating, she taught in the Houston public school system where she realized her greatest passion was making sure that all kids had access to an arts education and an artistic outlet. She looks forward engaging in this important conversation at Teachers' College.
Ayano Sato graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Master of Arts in International Relations, Advanced Social and International Studies. After graduation, she joined the New National Theatre Tokyo, which is the sole national theater in Japan dedicated to producing the contemporary performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. Having worked in general affairs, policy planning and opera production as a senior production administrator, she has contributed to the success of several productions. Ayano aims to develop fundraising skills and to execute arts education programs.
Marie Szalkiewicz graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 with Bachelor's Degrees in both Art History and Communication Studies. Since starting her professional career, Marie has worked in San Francisco in both the technology and art industries. Her experience as the Trade Account Executive and Senior Art Consultant for UGallery solidified her desire to pursue a future in the visual arts and prompted her to continue her education in Arts Administration. There is nothing she desires more than to be a part of a world that connects people to their creativity, allows for new discoveries, and teaches self-expression as a vital part of life. Her ultimate goal is to return to California and repay the community by promoting artistic freedom and appreciation through urban murals and public art installations.
Mari Takeda graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University with a B.M. in Percussion Performance and a minor in Business of Music. She has worked with the DC Jazz Festival and various chamber ensembles in the United States. Her experiences as a percussionist led to her passion for arts administration and she is focused on working towards diversity and inclusion in programming and venues, particularly in contemporary classical music.
Amber (Xiaowen) Tang graduated from Lehigh University in 2017 with dual degrees in Marketing and Theatre. Interested in various forms of performing arts, she created Helius Dance Crew at Lehigh and formed a band called Armor in which she was the drummer and vocal. As the vice president of Lehigh Chinese Students and Scholars Association, she organized many arts & cultural events on campus like Lunar New Year Gala. These experiences made her career goal as an art event producer and she aimed to promote diversity in the arts and entertainment industry. Amber has interned at Shanghai Grand Theatre as a theatre manager and at Nantong Radio and TV Station as associate director and editor. Most recently, she worked at Shanghai Canxing Production Company as a commercial director for JIKE Electronic Music, a TV show under Tencent Video. Amber is excited to join the ARAD program to further explore the values and markets of performing arts in different cultural contexts.
Taffe holds a double bachelor’s degree in Economics and Studio Art from Grinnell College. She has previously interned at BMW Auto Finance and China Everbright Bank until she discovered her true interest in the art. She enjoys making art as much as helping artists. During her gap year, Taffe worked for a private-owned art museum in Beijing and later joined Artnet as a news editor. Wishing to meet similar people, to explore and to develop, she joined the ARAD cohort. While at school, Taffe has also interned at Andrew Edlin Gallery and China Guardian Auction House in the city of New York. Both experiences have further her passion in the for-profit sector of the visual arts and she's hoping to unpack the power of art in a more profound way.
Jingzhi Wang came to the US from China four years ago to attend Vanderbilt University. She double-majored in sociology and economics, and minored in art history and studio art. During her undergraduate studies, she realized that art could function as a tool for social change. As an aspiring art administrator, she interned at Frist Art Museum and Seedspace in Nashville, and Public Art Fund in NYC. Jingzhi's major interest lies in contemporary art, but she is also eager to learn more about traditional Chinese art and artistic traditions of ethnic minorities in China.
Tingjun Wang is from China, proficient in Mandarin and Cantonese. She studied at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she earned her BA degree in Art History, Cognitive Science and Psychology. Her passion for visual arts originated from photographing and video-making. During her undergraduate study, she assisted curating exhibitions for a professional photographer, Yang Hu. She also has been working closely with the Emerging Young Artist Organization in Toronto to promote underrepresented artists through public exhibitions and live shows. By attending the ARAD program, she aims to construct a way to incorporate her knowledge in digital arts, artificial intelligence and virtual reality into arts management.
Fei Wang was born and raised in Beijing, China. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication with a minor in International Studies from Boston College. Through her undergraduate program, she studied abroad at King’s College London, where she focused on Digital Culture. Growing up playing the piano and singing in choirs, Fei is dedicated to advocating for the performing arts. She has worked as the Director of Marketing and Media for the Madrigal Singers and interned at UNESCO’s “World Atlas of Language” project to fulfill her passion for music and arts marketing. She also interned at LinkedIn in 2017, doing public relations and marketing for the Chinese market. With a diverse background in music performance, arts technology, and marketing, Fei hopes to integrate her passion and skills to advocate for performing arts and spread love and justice to a broader audience.
Cornelia (Tiantian) Wang earned her BA from the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University in 2016. Obsessed with both arts and mode, Cornelia contributed to T Magazine during her undergraduate years, focusing on art projects supported by high fashion maison. Prior to graduate studies, she worked at the West Bund Art Fair in Shanghai and Guanghua Art and Management Research Center, specializing in patronage and funding within contemporary art. Cornelia’s background in urban dancing, painting and installation shapes her way of seeing art as “the poetic daily must-have”. Upon joining ARAD, she expects the program will enhance her understanding of the role that capital plays in affecting the contemporary art chain.
Melissa Weisberg earned her B.A. in 2014 from the University of Michigan with a focus in English Language & Literature and Art & Design. She comes to Columbia with four years working at Storefront for Art and Architecture and Novità Communications specializing in special event planning and fundraising, creative communications, public relations, and outreach strategies for the art, architecture, and design communities. Melissa looks forward to learning about executive leadership and cultural policy, and their relationship to social impact and accessibility to the arts.
Camille Weisgant graduated from Bard College in 2015 with a degree in Theatre and Asian Studies. There, her thesis involved adapting a traditional Japanese Noh play for modern audiences. Most recently Camille worked for Etsy.com where she engaged with small-business owners daily to scale their businesses. In her graduate study, she looks forward to revisiting how performance and other arts can connect viewers with different cultures, as well as how she can better support up-and-coming creatives using both her artistic sensitivity and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Tianze Xie graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2019 with a degree in Guqin (a Chinese traditional seven-stringed plucked instrument) performance. During her undergraduate degree, Tianze engaged with many professional concert performances. She has been exploring both Western music, particularly the jazz music, and traditional Chinese music since high school. While interning in National Center for the Performing Arts (China) and the Blue Note Beijing, she was rewarded with practical experience in advertising various music events and renovating the art forms of traditional instruments concert. Having realized that music functions as a live record and explanation of certain ethnic groups, she is committed to promoting the traditional musical instruments and incorporating them into modern music genres. Ultimately, Tianze aspires to reverse the decline of traditional Chinese music after having acquired professional knowledge and skills through the ARAD Program at Teachers College.
Yuchen Xie grew up in Chengdu, China and came to the US as a first-generation college student. She studied Studio Art (with double concentrations in New Media and Painting) and French at the University of Virginia, where she has been making art about the human body and the compulsiveness of contemporary life. Yuchen also wrote and directed an experimental short film during her fourth year. All her artworks can be found at www.yuchenxie.net. As an undergraduate, she curated multiple art projects at the city level as the sole student leader, and enjoyed working with artists in residence. Yuchen also held two internships in the fashion industry, one in New York and another in Paris. Her life is constantly occupied with imagery- films, photography, short documentaries, collage, etc. Yuchen enjoys reading about contemporary art and surrealism, dystopian fiction, Chinese and French literature, psychology, and sociology. She loves landscapes and developed a hobby for drone photography. Yuchen hopes to engage with the film industry in New York City while pursuing her study in Arts Administration.
Monika (Chengpei) Xu was born and raised in Shanghai. Monika earned her BA degree in Music Production from Shanghai Theater Academy and her MBA degree from Brandeis University. She currently works for Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai to enlarge jazz community and develop education outreach program in Shanghai. Her goal, though might sound corny, is to enrich people’s well being through jazz performances and workshops. At ARAD, Monika hopes to learn how to make a sustainable business in a niche market.
Sadie Yanckello graduated from Rhodes College in 2015 with a major in Art History and a minor in Sociology. After graduating Sadie spent 3 years working in Memphis for Crosstown Arts, a nonprofit contemporary arts organization operating visual arts, music, and performance spaces, in addition to a residency program, a theater, and a shared art-making facility. Crosstown Arts is the catalyst and main developer of a large redevelopment project, called Crosstown Concourse, that transformed a historic and abandoned Sears-Roebuck Distribution Center into a mixed-use commercial entity which began housing Crosstown Arts in 2017. Working on Crosstown Arts from its genesis affirmed Sadie's desire to work for alternative spaces which mix non-profit and for-profit ventures, while also allowing her to be an integral part of a community and artist-centric organization from its incubation stages. Sadie is specifically interested in how the arts can be a tool of empowerment while also critically analyzing how arts organizations can better act as platforms for a multiplicity of perspectives. Since moving to New York City, Sadie has been a Development Intern at Art21, and a Development Intern at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Phoebe (Yiu) Yin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Southern California in 2017, majoring in Art History. She worked on her master's degree in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art program at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London from September 2017 to September 2018. Her passion for art started with a trip to Dunhuang at a young age, and she been following this passion ever since. Phoebe interned for Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena during her junior year at USC and interned for Contemporary Ink Art Department at Sotheby's Hong Kong in the summer of 2016. She is hoping to gain a diverse experience in the field of art at ARAD.
Born and raised in Chengdu, China, Yuhe Ren graduated in 2012 from Sichuan Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. Having years of work experience at Bartle Bogle Hegarty (Shanghai), one of the most famous international advertising companies, she is particularly good at copywriting and creative event marketing. She also interned at a museum to highlight local culture and organized a successful artwork exhibition to promote cultural exchange. Before entering Teachers College, she worked at a museum of contemporary art in Chengdu, where she focused on helping young artists become known by the public, promoting business activities with art events as well as enhancing public’s awareness of art and historical knowledge.
Alina (Yijia) Yang graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in Business and a BA in Studio Arts. She has interned at How Art Museum (Shanghai, China) and The Kitchen (Chelsea, NY) in their curatorial and marketing departments. Most recently, she worked as the undergraduate director for the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester. Through her undergraduate studies and her internship experiences, she has decided to become not solely a marketing strategist or an artist, but one who bridges the two fields and supports the well-being of our current art environment. For her graduate studies, she hopes to further develop her curatorial practice with a focus on the therapeutic value of art. She also wants to explore the legitimation process in the arts, and art’s influence on shaping cultural interpretation and diminishing inequalities.
Lavinia (Yufei) Zhao graduated from New York University in 2018 with a major in Art history as well as a minor in psychology. During her undergraduate years, Lavinia has interned at Westwood gallery in New York University, as well as worked as a gallery assistant at George Billis Gallery. Before coming to the US at the age of 14, Lavinia was born and raised in Beijing, China, where she had a deep connection culturally. Joining the ARAD program at Teachers College will help strengthen her understanding of the operations of art businesses and organizations, which she wishes to utilize in the future providing intercultural relationships in the art world between her home country and the US.
Megan Zhang graduated from New York University in 2018 with a B.M. in Music Education and a minor in Global Education. Megan interned in the education department at the New York Philharmonic, the concert halls department at Lincoln Center, and the development department at VH1 Save The Music Foundation. She hopes to advocate for music education programs in NYC DOE public schools and wishes to continue her work in creating community engagement programming for non-profit performing arts organizations.
Tianyi Zhu is a Chinese born, LA-based artist who has graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in psychology and a minor in cognitive science. She has worked on multiple theatrical production presented presented at Hollywood Fringe, Company Creation Festival hosted by SOS Theatre, an original Chinese verbatim production NoWhere, an adaptation of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, and Chinese play I(Him + Her).
She also worked as a performing arts curator at Ming Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai and assisted in producing the performing installation, Tulu by Pierre Redon and his team. She always finds great purpose in creating opportunities for underrepresented artists to devise work, in helping others find their voice, and sharing that voice with those most in need of diverse perspective.