Parsons

  • Profile:

    Gretchen Von Koenig is a curator and cultural historian for the Van Wagenen House, a historic home maintained by the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Jersey City and an instructor of art & design history at Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology & Kean University. She holds her MA in History of Design & Curatorial Studies from the joint program offered by Parsons School of Design & Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She has a background in museum education & development, previously working at the Brooklyn Museum and the Cooper Hewitt. She has presented original scholarship and chaired sessions at the annual conferences of Design History Society, College Arts Association & The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. She’s written for Metropolis Magazine, Arch Daily and has been featured in the Art&Design section of the NYTimes. She is Deputy Director for Art Fair 14C, a nonprofit art fair based in Jersey City, NJ and a member of the Architecture & Design committee for the Jersey City Arts Council. Her recent areas of research are investigating capitalism's influence on product design education in America & the integration of critical studies to design school curriculum in higher education.

    Degrees Held:

    MA History of Design & Curatorial Studies, Parsons & Cooper Hewitt

    BS Industrial Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

    BA Theater Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

    Professional Affiliations:

    College Art Association

    Design History Society

    Current Courses:

    ARS: Constructed Environments (Spring 2020)

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