Alison Chen is a Los Angeles and New York based visual artist interested in the complex nature of our closest relationships. Through video, performance, photography, and text, she addresses the complexities and confusions that surround intimacy, and the areas where our preconceived notions fall short. Alison earned an M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media from Parsons the New School for Design.  She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Beijing, and Marseilles. Her work has been featured in the Society for Photographic Education Film Festival, the Beijing Design Festival, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, and the Dali International Photo Festival. She has also had the honor to study under the direction of Magnum photographer, Antoine D'Agata.

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2013     Masters of Fine Arts in Photography, Parsons School for Design, New York, NY

2008     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY



2017     Color:Coded, New Art Center, Newton, MA

2016     The Dead Are Not Quiet, San Diego Art Institute, CA

2015     Featured Video Artist, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles, CA

Telestrations, Halyards, Brooklyn, NY 

Camera Work, Curated by Joseph Wolin/Sarah Hasted, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, New York, NY

Birds and the Bees, Fuchs Projects, New York, NY

Touch of Remembrance, Curated by Grace Noh, 103 Allen Street, New York, NY

2014     2014 Blue Library, Press Street, PhotoNOLA, New Orleans, LA

Hyper-Active, Parsons Design Center, Shanghai, China  

Society of Photographic Education Film Festival, Hilton Hotel, Baltimore, MD

Made in China, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, New York, NY

2013     What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

2012     Beijing Design Week 2012, CCD-05, RAWR!, Beijing, China

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Twenty-One Cousins, Aronson Gallery, New York, NY

Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY

Chi Le Ma; Made in China, Frontrunner Gallery, New York, NY

Parts and Labor, Tyler Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011     Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Dali International Photo Festival, Dali, China

Screening of Antoine D’Agata Workshop, Atelier de Visu, Marseilles, France

2009     6th National Juried Photo Exhibition, Curated by Ellen Garvens, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

2008     Translated Memento, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY



2015     Instagram Residency, Lintroller,, @wearelintroller

Artist Talk/Critique, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

2013       Artist Talk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Artist Lecture, Satellite Platform Lecture Series, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

Artist in Residence, Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland

2011     Fellowship, Antoine D’Agata Intense Workshop, Atelier de Visu, Marseilles, France

Juror, Adolf Konrad Artist-In-Residence Program, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

2010     Artist in Residence Lecture, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Fellowship, Adolf Konrad Artist-In-Residence, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ



“Balance”, American Photo on Campus, February 2012.

“Alison Cheng”, iheartphotograph Blog, September 6, 2008,

“Featured Student Profile”, Cornell A.A.P. Viewbook 2007, Cornell University.

“Collegetown Sighting”, Cornell Daily Sun, November 9, 2006, Vol 123, No. 56.



“How to Fall in Love”. New York: self-published artist book, 2012.