Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art & Art History
Academic Program Adviser
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..
Zhao, Wai Ying, "Big Sister Enterprise: Just Be There" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.