• The Parsons Festival is an annual series of art and design events in which cutting-edge student work is presented to the Parsons community and the public. The festival takes place at the end of each academic year and includes thesis exhibitions and critiques, thought-provoking public programs, interactive installations, gallery openings, workshops, and special events leading up to Commencement.

    Parsons Festival 2016 will kick off May 5 with the opening of the Graduating Student Exhibition in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at 66 Fifth Avenue and the MFA Fine Arts Exhibition at Participant Gallery in SoHo. The Parsons Festival will culminate on May 23 with the 68th annual Parsons Benefit and Fashion Show at Pier Sixty. More than 50 end-of-year exhibitions, events, presentations, open studios, and programs will be part of Festival 2016. Browse the full festival event calendar below.

    The festival showcases the creative and intellectual achievements of Parsons' graduating students — a diverse and exciting group of artists, designers, architects, photographers, filmmakers, technologists, scholars, and strategists. It offers the campus community and the general public opportunities to experience and engage with the innovation, critical inquiry, and social concerns that drive the creative process at Parsons.

    This year's calendar of events represents the full breadth of our academic programs. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the class of 2014 and preview the next generation of leaders in art and design.

    See also the New School events calendar for information about Parsons Festival 2016.