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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Masters of Fine Arts, Photography and Related Media, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY

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


Tall Shadows in Short Order, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY


If she could speak, she would sing, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Fruit, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

Care and Collaboration, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX

Touch and Go Part 2, Altadena Public Library, Altadena, CA

Painting at Night, Collarworks, Troy, NY

Soft AF, Heidelberg, Germany

Touch and Go, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA

COVEN, Stay Home Gallery, Paris, TN

Maternochronics, Online Exhibition,

In Longing, Curated by Anna Cahn, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now, Wassaic Project, Wassiac, NY

Winter in the Windows | Projections, Standard Space, Sharon, CT

Can’t Let Go, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, San Antonio, TX

The Space Between Us, TSA-PDF, Virtual Exhibition, curated by Debra Kayes

The COVID-19 Diaries Series, MiA Collective Art, Online Exhibition,

Painting at Night, Fort Houston Gallery, Nashville, TN

Color:Coded, New Art Center, Newton, MA

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

Concept Now, Beijing Design Week, Xinhua 1949 Culture and Design Park, Beijing, China

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 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

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

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

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

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

Charterparty, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY

Parts and Labor II, New School University, New York, NY

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

Parts and Labor, Tyler Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

Parsons Festival, New School University, New York, NY

Noir Festival, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY

36th National Juried Photo Exhibition, Curated by Ellen Garvens, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

Translated Memento, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY

All But Nothing [BFA Thesis Show[, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY

Rome Program 20th Anniversary Celebration, Palazzo Lazzaroni, Rome, Italy  


2024   Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY

2023   Kala Arts’ Parents Artists Fellowship, Berkeley, CA

2022   Work and Families Fellowship and Honorarium, Wassaic Project, NY

2011     Juror, Adolf Konrad Artist-In-Residence Program, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ


2022    Winter Family Residency, Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY

2020    Winter Family Residency, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2015     Instagram Residency, Lintroller,, @wearelintroller

2013      Artist in Residence, Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland

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

2010     Adolf Konrad Artist-In-Residence, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ


2021     Artist Panel for ‘Can’t Let Go’, Moderated by Unfiltered San Antonio, Virtual Zoom Panel

2020    Artist/Mother Painting at Night Panel Discussion, Virtual Zoom Panel

2015     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

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


“The Mother as Anchor for Play”, by Magdalena Olszanowski, ESSE Magazine, Issue #107: Family, Winter 2023.

“The Subdued Triumph of ‘In Longing’ at CUE Art Foundation”, Ante Mag, 8 July 2021.

“Painting at Night, An Artist'/Mother Podcast Exhibition, juried by Allison Reimus”, Brooklyn Rail, July 10, 2020.

“Inspiration and encouragement", The collaborative media platform MiA in times of COVID-19”, Museum and the City, May 20 2020.

“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.