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Tony Whitfield

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Tony Whitfield is Associate Professor of Art and Design Practice in Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory. After three years as Parsons Associate Dean for Civic Engagement, he currently serves as Director of Social Engagement at Parsons, expanding his previous position to include issues of social justice and social innovation. He is also a member of the TNS-wide Social Innovation Steering Committee and a member of the University Social Justice Committee. Since he began teaching at Parsons in a part-time capacity in 1993, he has been a member of the faculty of Parsons School of Constructed Environments. In earlier institutional structures, he has been Director of the Furniture Program and, subsequently, served for ten years as the Chair of the Product Design department. Whitfield has also taught in Product Design, Interior Design and the Foundation Program. As a designer, he established his firm Red Wing & Chambers in 1993, producing custom home furnishing, accessories and interiors. His work as an artist and designer has been shown in galleries and Museums including the New York’s Museum of Art and Design, Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano in Lima, Peru and published frequently in the US and abroad. He has held leadership positions in New York’s arts community including Director of Printed Matter, Inc. and the Associate Director of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In addition he served as the Senior Policy Analyst for Cultural Affairs in the Office of the Manhattan Borough Ruth Messinger from 1990 until 1995. Whitfield’s writing about art, design, performance, film and video as a medium for cultural criticism has been included in numerous publications over the last three decades.

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