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.
Daisy Wong's passion for and involvement in the arts dates back to her preschool years, when she created her first drawing, based on the movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Inspired to pursue a fine arts education, Daisy attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in New York City, graduating in 1997. She went on to study at Parsons and graduate with a BFA in Communication Design in 2001.
Daisy worked as a graphic designer in Parsons' Promotion Design office and joined the Exhibitions department in 2002. She has contributed to several exhibitions, including Dae Won Kim's Mountain Vistas and Guardian Spirits at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York; Decorative Egg Exhibition at the Ukrainian Museum; and the Democratic Monument in America 1900–2000 for Fizer Forley Studio.
When Daisy is not working in the gallery, she can be found on the urban art scene seeking out contemporary artists, visiting exhibitions, and collecting limited-edition works for her private collection of prints, drawings, and toys.
Daniel Chou manages the installations in the galleries and is the primary builder of custom display solutions and casework for select exhibitions. Daniel has a formal education in graphic design and photography, and professional working experience as a user interface designer, graphic designer, and videographer/photographer. He joined The New School in 2013 as a Technician for the Making Center and transferred to the Galleries in 2015.