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 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 she’s been accepted in NYFA Immigrant Artist Program.

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2017 - 2018 / Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, Brooklyn NY
2017 / NYFA Immigrant Artist Program


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


Sueños (Day of the Dead Altar), El Museo del Barrio, Curated by Richard Morales, New York NY
Make__Place, New York Immigrant Coalition, Curated by Eva Mayha, New York NY
Filmideo 2017, Index Art Center, Newark NJ

Taking Issue, Memorial Union Gallery, Curated by Lynnette Miranda, Fargo ND
View from Above, Rabbithole, Curated by Caroline Voagen Nelson, Brooklyn NY
Of the People, Smack Mellon, Curated by Erin Donnelly, Brooklyn NY
#BotexTempleStreet, Hing Kee at Temple Street, Curated by Karen Chankalun, Hong Kong
Line of Breath, Site-Specific US-MX Border Fence, Tijuana Mexico
Between Spaces, Parsons School of Design, New York NY

Qualia, Livestream Public, Curated by Jesse Harding, Brooklyn NY
SX Create, SXSW, Austion TX

SAIC BFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL

Curarte, Hospital Gregorio Marañon, Madrid ES


2017 / Artist Isabella Cruz-Chong: Breaking Borders, Walls, and Chains, Palacio Magazine, July 2017
2017 / Interview with Isabella Cruz-Chong, Theo Westenberger Estate, Steph del Rosso, June 2017
2016 / People have the power: “Of the People” At Smack Mellon, Art F City, Emily Colucci, July 2016
2015 / The CCLAP Weekender for July 10th, CCLAP Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
2015 / Tips for Crossing the Border, Paper Fortunte Teller Style, Pocho, Hablo Picasso, June 2015
2015 / MFA DT Students Showcase Work at SX Create, The New School, March 2015


2017 / Podcast Interview, Artist Isabella Cruz-Chong, Palacio Magazine, Long Beach CA
2017 / Video Interview, 10 Minuties with the Artist, Memorial Union Gallery, Fargo ND
2016 / 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
Fall 2010 / Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid ES


Fall 2016 / Design for the 21st Century, Parsons School of Design, New York NY
Fall 2016 / Teaching Artist, Children's Museum of the Arts, New York NY
Summer 2015 / 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


2016 - Present / Visual Designer, Canary, New York NY
Summer 2016 / Visual Designer, EdLab at Teachers College Columbia University, New York NY
Spring 2015 / Visual Designer, Studio 55, New York NY
2012 - 2014 / Visual Designer, Digitaria a JWT Company (now known as Mirum), San Diego CA
Summer 2009 / Change Leader, Oxfam Change Initiative, Boston MA