The Asian/Pacific/American Institute has named film director, poet, and public artist Jess X. Snow as its first Student Artist-in-Residence.

"In The Future, Our Asian Community is Safe," a Chinatown mural by Jess X. Snow. Image courtesy of Jess X. Snow

NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute has named film director, poet, and public artist Jess X. Snow as its first Student Artist-in-Residence—a role that will include a welcome event (Oct. 1), the development of augmented reality elements for the artist’s public mural, In The Future, Our Asian Community is Safe, and the launch of a collaborative digital resource on prison abolition. 

Snow’s work centers the experiences of queer and trans Asian/Pacific, Black, and Indigenous people and offers visions for a more just and equitable world. Their murals, often created in collaboration with these communities, can be found on walls across the country. Snow, a graduate student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is the author and illustrator of the forthcoming picture book, We Always Had Wings (Make Me A World/Penguin Random House, 2023), and writer/director of the narrative short film Little Sky, which is will be distributed through HBO Max.

Snow’s projects have been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, National Film Board of Canada, HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries, and Smithsonian Institution, and covered by PBS Newshour, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Snow, an MFA student in Tisch’s Graduate Film Program, will be A/P/A’s Student Artist-in-Residence for the Fall 2021 semester.

Friday, October 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Student Artist-in-Residence Welcome Event 

Jess X. Snow unveils augmented reality elements for their mural, In The Future, Our Asian Community is Safe, located in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Featuring readings and performances from musicians and artists, this program is a collaboration with the W.O.W. Project and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Registration details, location, and COVID-19 protocols to be announced on the event's webpage

Artists-in-Residence are invited to bring their notoriety, artistic work, and history of involvement with the Asian/Pacific American community to NYU. Artists-in-Residence use their time at A/P/A to create important new work, artistic retrospectives, forums, or conferences. Scholars, fellow artists, and community members familiar or new to the artists’ work, gain a unique opportunity to engage with the Artists-in-Residence within a university setting.


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