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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Andy Chen, 2010

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Andy Chen is a New American

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design

Andy Chen is completing his MFA in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Andy was born in Los Angeles to Taiwanese immigrants.

In 2009, Andy graduated from Princeton University where he majored in sociology and graduated magna cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended Rhode Island School of Design in September, 2010 for a three-year MFA in graphic design.

Andy founded Princeton’s first graphic design initiative, the Student Design Agency, and was awarded the Pyne Honor Prize, the university’s highest general undergraduate distinction. 

Chen’s work focuses on design that addresses issues of social concern. His “Own What You Think” campaign against anonymous online hate speech garnered the attention of ABC’s “20/20” andBusinessWeek. In the summer of 2009, he completed an internship under Paula Scher at the New York office of Pentagram Design. Currently, as Fulbright Research Associate at the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre, he is partnering with Age UK to create graphic design solutions that address social stigma surrounding aging and sexuality.

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