The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is more than an exhibition space— it's the place where the university and the community come together. Get a behind-the-scenes look inside the center, and hear voices from across Parsons talk about what the SJDC means to them. The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center houses the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries.

The award-winning design, by Lyn Rice Architects, combines the ground floors of four historic buildings to form an urban quad that opens up the galleries to public view at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. The center was made possible in part by a $7 million gift from Sheila C. Johnson, New School trustee and chair of Parsons’ board of governors.


In the galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, artistic imagination and ingenuity in design join with global social consciousness. Few spaces offer the artist and the visitor the unique physical experience of being in a gallery and on an open stage simultaneously, as does the design of the center. Through an exhibition program that is both creatively and intellectually rigorous, we invite the university community and others to engage in a dialogue on the role of art and design in the public realm.