Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang challenges the conventional perception of public space and the role it can play in the well-being of the community and the individual. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, her projects in cities such as Johannesburg, New York City, Nairobi, New Orleans, Almaty, Hong Kong, Turku, and Medan have examined issues from criminal justice and the future of vacant buildings to personal aspirations and anxieties. She believes public art can play a profound role in helping us make sense of the beauty and tragedy of life with the people around us.

Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the New Museum, Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is a recipient of the TED Senior Fellowship, the Tulane University Rockefeller Foundation Urban Innovation Fellowship, and was named a Fast Company Emerging Master of Design, a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine , one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has lectured at the TED Conference, Walker Art Center, and the Creativity World Forum, and she has been the keynote speaker at events including the American Planning Association National Conference, the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, and the Global Health Summit. She received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University. After years in Lima, Ann Arbor, New York City, and Helsinki, she lives in New Orleans.


For speaking inquiries, please contact The Lavin Agency.

Candy Chang:
Email inquiries (for any Before I Die related inquiries, please email here.)

Before I Die:


Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA (upcoming)

Fat City Mural Project, Arts Council of New Orleans and Fat City Friends, New Orleans, LA (upcoming)
Exhibit BE, Prospect 3+, New Orleans, LA (upcoming)
Imago Mundi, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Design for Social Impact, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
The Candy Chang Initiative, Union Internationale des Architectes, Durban, South Africa
Bankside Transformed, Merge Festival, Tate Modern, London, UK
Design for Social Impact, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, G
Spontaneous Interventions, Governors Island, New York, N
Geographies of Change, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy

Before I Die, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (until Nov 2014)
The Institute Effect, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal
Ideas City, New Museum, New York, NY
Until We Meet Again… San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisc,o CA
The Futures Project, The Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
EmpathiCITY, Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Étienne, France
Untapped Invitational, Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Ephemera Sprawl, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Dial Collect, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Étienne, France
Signs of Our Times: Text Based Art in the 21st Century, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Hammond, LA

Detour Design Renegade, Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, Hong Kong
Spontaneous Interventions, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Past Futures, Present, Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY
Death: The Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living, Southbank Centre, London, UK
Confessions, Art Production Fund, Las Vegas, NV
Iconic Signage Project, Arts Council of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
The City Speaks Exhibition, Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mix(Cité), La Cité de L’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, France
Before I Die, Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV

Career Path, Flux Aura, Turku European Capital of Culture, Turku, Finland
Looking for Love Again, Common Space, Alaska Design Forum, Fairbanks, AK
The Voice Of…, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Hypothetical Development, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Subtext Projects, East/West Galleries, Fort Worth, TX

National Design Triennial, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY
Mobile Cornucopia, Hypothetical Development, New Orleans, LA
Ethnographic Terminalia
, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Poster Offensive, GALLEY, Minneapolis, MN

Global Polis, Center for Architecture, New York, NY
@, Sci-Arc, Los Angeles, CA
Poster4Tomorrow, Various cities

Illuminators, Koltsovo International Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Figment, Governors Island, New York, NY
Windows Brooklyn, New York, NY

Conflux Festival, Brooklyn, NY
MC2, Maison de la culture de Grenoble, Grenoble, France


Louisiana Cultural Economy Color Our World Award
AIGA 100 Years of Design

Burning Man Award of Excellence
The Creativity 50, Advertising Age
The Good 100, GOOD Magazine
Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
Art Production Fund Artist-in-Residence at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
Maryland Institute College of Art Samson Feldman Artist-in-Residence

TED Senior Fellow
Black Rock Arts Foundation Grant Recipient
Tulane University/Rockefeller Foundation Urban Innovation Fellow
Alaska Design Forum Artist-in-Residence
Top 11 Visual Artists in New Orleans, NOLA Defender

European Capital of Culture Flux Aura/Artist as Neighbour Artist-in-Residence, Turku, Finland
Fast Company Emerging Master of Design

TED Global Fellow

Center for Urban Pedagogy Making Policy Public Fellow, New York
Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant Recipient

Columbia University Urban Planning Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership in Planning Education
Global Studio Fellow, Johannesburg, South Africa
Infrastructure and Poverty Action Lab Fellow

Global Studio Fellow, Vancouver, Canada
Spatial Information Design Lab Fellow, New Orleans


American Planning Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA
Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference, Detroit, MI
Vivid Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia

Center for Architecture, New York, NY
Creative Change Retreat, Sundance, UT
World Education Congress, Las Vegas, NV
Canadian Institute of Planners, Vancouver, Canada
Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
Global Health Summit, New Orleans, LA

TED Global Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Creativity World Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Mural Arts Roundtable, Philadelphia, PA
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Youth Art Camp, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Visión Diseño Conference, Querétaro, Mexico
Summer Public Art School, Turku, Finland
Alaska Design Forum Symposium, Anchorage, AK
TED Conference, Long Beach, CA

TYPO International Design Conference, Berlin, Germany
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland 

For speaking inquiries, please contact The Lavin Agency.


M.S. Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York, NY
B.F.A. Graphic Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S. Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Sabrina Shattles, “Women Who Design,” Print Magazine, February 2014 issue, p. 40-47.
Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, “Before I Die Art Project Goes Global,” CBS News, Dec 28, 2013.
Carolyn Thompson, “Public Art Project Elicits the Profound, Profane,” AP News, Dec 4, 2013.
Emanuella Grinberg, “‘Before I Die’ Walls Turn Dreams Into Words,” CNN, Dec 2, 2013.
Maria Popova, “Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space,” Brain
Pickings, Nov 2013.
“My 10 Favorite Before I Die Responses: Candy Chang Celebrates the Release of Her Book,” TED News, Nov 2013.
Christine McLaren, “100 Urban Trends: Public Space,” BMW Guggenheim Lab, Sept 2013.
“Top Creatives,” Origin Magazine, March/April 2013.
Joseph Hart, “Conversations with Five Artists Who Think Deeply About How Public Art Can Shape Our Experience
of Place,” Public Art Review Magazine, Issue 47, Nov 2012.
“Assignment: I Wish This Was…”, CNN, Aug 2012.
Emily Badger, “Confessions From Sin City,” The Atlantic, Aug 2012.
Paul Schmelzer, ”Fill-in-the-Blank: Candy Chang’s Urban Interventions and Open-Ended Questions,” The Walker
Art Center, Apr 2012.
”Hopes and Dreams Become Urban Art,” NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, Dec 6 2011.
Greg Hanscom, ”The City Speaks – and Artist Candy Chang Finds Fresh Ways to Listen,” Grist, Dec 2011
Jessica Sivester, ”Community Builder: How Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects Are Changing Communities
Everywhere,” O, The Oprah Magazine, Sept 2011 issue, p60.
Samantha Michaels, “A Conversation with Candy Chang, Public Installation Artist and Designer,”, The Atlantic,
Aug 2011.
Morgan Clendaniel, “Looking for Love Again: Abandoned Buildings That Ask Cities For Renewal,” Fast Company,
June 2011.
Wooster Collective, “The Innovative Candy Chang,” USA Network, May 2011.
Mike Hoss, ”‘Before I Die’ Wall Draws Responses, Attention,” WWL-TV New Orleans, May 2011.
Helen Soteriou, “An Interview with Candy Chang,” Juxtapoz Magazine, Apr 2011
Gerardo Terán, ”Candy Chang: Antes De Morir,” La Tempestad Contemporary Arts Magazine, Issue 77, Apr 2011.
Mimi Zeiger, “The Interventionist’s Toolkit: Posters, Pamphlets and Guides,” Design Observer, Mar 2011.
Olivia Solon, “TED 2011: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”, Wired Magazine, Mar 2011
Linda Kudrnovská, “Disciplines Are as Wide as We Want Them to Be: An Interview with Candy Chang”, TYPO
Magazine, Issue 42, Winter 2010, p 30-37.
Doug MacCash, “New Orleans artist Candy Chang Creates Unusual Mural in the Marigny,” The Times Picayune,
Feb 2011.
“Top 11 Visual Artists in 2011″, NOLA Defender, Dec 2010.
Alissa Walker, “A Generation of Emerging Designers Who Design With Purpose,” Fast Company, Masters of Design Issue, Oct 2010.
”Candy Chang Designer Civique”, étapes, Issue 183.
Ailleurs, CLAM Magazine, Issue 20 Spring 2010.
Geoff Manaugh, “A User’s Guide to New York City pt. 2: Street Vendor Guide”, “A User’s Guide to New York City pt. 1: Tenants’ Right Flash Cards”, BLDGBLOG, Dec 2009.
Jan Middendorp, ”Infographics—Myth and Meaning,” TYPO Magazine, Issue 35 Spring 2009.
Saki Knafo, “Visual Aids for the Pushcart World,” The New York Times, Apr 2009.



Francoise Hardy

Space Oddity
David Bowie

Angor Wat Finale
Michael Galasso, Shigeru Umebayashi (from the film In the Mood for Love)

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time
The Delfonics

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Perfect Day
Lou Reed

Je t’aime… moi non plus
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

Aphex Twin

Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
Sigur Ros

Jóhann Jóhannsson

At Last
Etta James

The Chase
Giorgio Moroder


The Middle Passage
James Hollis

Just Kids
Patti Smith

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Chris Ware

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez

White Noise
Don DeLillo

A Little History of the World
E.H. Gombrich

The Diary of Anaïs Nin
Anaïs Nin

J.G. Ballard

Devil in the White City
Erik Larson

Understanding Comics
Scott McCloud

Tibor Kalman, Perverse Optimist
Peter Hall, ed.

The Little Prince
Antoine Saint-Exupery


In the Mood for Love
Wong Kar Wai

8 1/2
Federico Fellini

Blade Runner
Ridley Scott

The City of Lost Children
Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro

Mulholland Drive
David Lynch

Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock

Black Orpheus
Marcel Camus

Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola

The Prestige
Christopher Nolan

Carl Sagan

New York: A Documentary Film
Ric Burns

Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven



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