Date of Award

2-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Nari Ward

Second Advisor

Michael Lobel

Academic Program Adviser

Carrie Moyer

Abstract

Wai Ying Zhao, an artist and curator, instituted an American company named Big Sister Enterprise in 2018. BSE is a Delaware registered LLC that imitates briefcase companies implemented in order to foster a community of emerging artists with the intent of exhibiting and promoting their works. Zhao’s initiative stems from the awareness that many artists are struggling to continue their studio practices because of unstable income or being overworked in jobs such as art handling, gallery sitting and bartending. Through openings and events held in spaces in both New York and Shenzhen, she aims to create a community where emerging artists, patrons, mentors and art supporters can gather to nurture potential business relationships, as well as foster cultural dialogues between the United States and China..

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