BIO/CV / @icruzchong

Isabella Cruz-Chong (b.1989) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist, designer and educator. She often works through installations and performance, using raw materials such as metal, dirt and water, as well as sound and physical computing. Her subject matter stems from her experience growing up crossing the international border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. Through this lens, she addresses identity, boundaries, liminality and unification with a desire to foster self-awareness and blur lines between divisive perspectives.

Isabella has been featured in many exhibitions nationally and internationality including Mana Wynwood at Art Week Miami, FL; Memorial Union Gallery, Fargo ND; Botox Temple Street, Hong Kong; Rabbithole Projects, Brooklyn NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn NY; SXSX 2015, Austin TX; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL. She has been highlighted in Art F City and was part of the panel discussion, “Community Practices: Art and Intervention” at Smack Mellon in 2016. She received her MFA from Parsons School of Design and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently participating in the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program and in the Bronx Museum of Arts program Artist in Marketplace (AIM).



Playas, C.A.C.t.T.U.S Creative Arts Coalition to Transform Urban Space. Long Beach, CA (curator Jorge Mujica) 


Ojalá. Carlsbad Museum & Art Center. Carlsbad, NM (curator Atomic Culture: Malinda & Matthew Galindo) (forthcoming)
Passages. Torpedo Factory Art Center. Alexandria, VA (curator Adriana Ospina)

Exquisite Corpse: Moving Image in Latin American and Asian ArtMana Wynwood Art Week. Miami, FL (curator Ysabel Pinyol and Gabriel de Guzman)
Featured artist in Santuario(s) by Collective States. Movement Research Fall Festival at Danspace Project Inc. New York, NY (curator Monica Robles)
Sea of Trace, 505 Johnsons Studios. Brooklyn NY (curator Elena Ketelsen)
Cortina de Nopales / Curtain of CactTus, Basement Projects. Santa Ana, CA (curator Jorge Mujica)
Sueños Vivos (Day of the Dead Altar), El Museo del Barrio. New York, NY (curator Richard Morales)
Make__Place, New York Immigrant Coalition. New York, NY (curator Eva Mayha and Emilia Shaffer)
Filmideo 2017, Index Art Center. Newark NJ

Taking Issue: Politics, Privilege and our Collective Priorities, Memorial Union Gallery. Fargo, ND (curator Lynnette Miranda)
View from Above, Rabbithole. Brooklyn, NY (curator Caroline Voagen Nelson)
Of the People, Smack Mellon. Brooklyn, NY (curator Erin Donnelly)
#BotexTempleStreet, Hing Kee at Temple Street. Hong Kong (curator Karen Chankalun)
Line of Breath, US-MX Border Fence. Tijuana, Mexico
Between Spaces, Parsons School of Design. New York, NY

Qualia, Livestream Public. Brooklyn, NY (curator Jesse Harding)
SX Create, SXSW. Austion, TX (curator Aaron Haley)

SAIC BFA Show, Sullivan Galleries. Chicago, IL
Curarte, Hospital Gregorio Marañon. Madrid, ES


Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Bronx Museum of Arts. Bronx, NY

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow through Smack Mellon Residency. New York, NY
Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program. Brooklyn, NY
NYFA Immigrant Artist Program, mentee. New York, NY


Artist Isabella Cruz-Chong: Breaking Borders, Walls, and Chains, Palacio Magazine, July 2017
Interview with Isabella Cruz-Chong, Theo Westenberger Estate, Steph del Rosso, June 2017

People have the power: “Of the People” At Smack Mellon, Art F City, Emily Colucci, July 2016

The CCLAP Weekender for July 10th, CCLAP Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
Tips for Crossing the Border, Paper Fortunte Teller Style, Pocho, Hablo Picasso, June 2015
MFA DT Students Showcase Work at SX Create, The New School, March 2015


Podcast Interview, Artist Isabella Cruz-Chong, Palacio Magazine. Long Beach, CA
Video Interview, 10 Minutes with the Artist, Memorial Union Gallery. Fargo, ND

Panel Discussion, Community Practices: Art and Intervention, Smack Mellon. Brooklyn, NY


2016 | MFA Parsons School of Design. New York City, NY
2012 | BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Chicago, IL
2010 | Study abroad, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, ES


2016 Fall | Design for the 21st Century, Parsons School of Design. New York, NY
2016 Fall | Teaching Artist, Children's Museum of the Arts. New York, NY
2015 Sumer | Web Teaching Fellow, Parsons School of Design. New York, NY
2015 - 2016 | Digital Program Facilitator, Girls Write Now. New York, NY
2015 - 2016 | Graduate Research Assistant, GadgeIteration Parsons School of Design. New York, NY