My own studio projects take into account the role of the artist in the expanded field of interdisciplinary practice to include socially oriented sculptural installation, abstract painting derived from social semiotics, and photography that treads the line between quotidian encounter and generic abstraction. In my pedagogic approach I apply these interests when formulating curriculum for the first year program at Parsons, which entails a combination of project-based , hands -on fabrication with critical thinking as to the why of those projects. Visual culture is explored as a wholistic field encompassing the categories of place, social histories, aesthetic histories, and design principles as a unified entity.
Tom McGlynn
Part Time Lecturer, First Year Program, School of ADHT
Parsons School of Design / The New School, NY,NY.

Tom McGlynn is an artist, writer, and independent curator based in the NYC area. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian, among other national and international institutional collections. He is a contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail and Big, Red, and Shiny. He is also the founding director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially- engaged curatorial projects. A recent project “Memphis Social” was awarded a franchise grant from the New York -based organization supporting independent curatorial projects, apexart. He is also currently affiliated with Parsons The New School for Design as a visiting artist/ lecturer.