M.S., Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York, New York, 2007

B.F.A., Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2001

B.S., Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2001

Selected Awards and Residencies

American School in London Innovator in Residence, London, England (2022)

National Endowment for the Arts Grant (2021)

EPIC Impact Society Artist Award (2021)

Archipelago Artist in Residence, Korpo, Finland (2019)

Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellow, Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York (2018)

University of Michigan Bicentennial Alumni Award (2017)

NES Artist in Residence, Skagaströnd, Iceland (2017)

Hangar Artist in Residence, Lisbon, Portugal (2017)

National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Creativity Connects Grant (2016)

Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award (2016)

Lakkos Artist in Residence, Heraklion, Greece (2016)

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Humanities Award (2016)

Puffin Foundation Grant (2015)

Louisiana Cultural Economy Award (2014)

Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design, Impact Design Hub (2013)

The Creativity 50, Advertising Age (2013)

The Good 100, GOOD Magazine (2013)

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012)

Art Production Fund Artist in Residence, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012)

Maryland Institute College of Art Samson Feldman Artist in Residence (2012)

TED Senior Fellow (2011)

Rockefeller Foundation Tulane University Urban Innovation Fellow, New Orleans, Louisiana (2011)

Black Rock Arts Foundation Grant (2011)

Alaska Design Forum Artist in Residence, Fairbanks, Alaska (2011)

“Live Your Best Life” Local Hero, Oprah Magazine (2011)

Top 11 Visual Artists in New Orleans, NOLA Defender (2011)

Creative Capital of Culture Artist in Residence, Turku, Finland (2010)

Fast Company Emerging Master of Design (2010)

TED Global Fellow (2009)

Center for Urban Pedagogy Making Policy Public Fellow, New York, New York (2008)

Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant (2008)

Global Studio Johannesburg Fellow, Johannesburg, South Africa (2007)

Columbia University Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership in Urban Planning Education (2007)

Earth Institute Nairobi Studio Fellow, Nairobi, Kenya (2006)

Spatial Information Design Lab New Orleans Fellow, New Orleans, Louisiana (2006)

Global Studio Vancouver Fellow, Vancouver, Canada (2006)

Selected Public Commissions and Exhibitions


The Parallel City, Timișoara, Romania. October 6-8, 2023.

The Night News, MSU Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, March 4 – May 28, 2023.

Before I Die, Wonderspaces, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 15, 2021 – present.


The City as a Common Good, Timișoara Architecture Biennial, Timișoara, Romania, September 23 – October 23.

The Nightly News, The American School In London, London, England, February 28 – April 8, 2022.

Before I Die, Wonderspaces, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 30, 2021 – June 30, 2022.


After the End, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, September 15 – December 6, 2021

Light the Barricades, WALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 24 -July 25, 2021.

A Collective Curiosity: Her Voice in the Arts, Lamont Gallery, Exeter, New Hampshire, January 19 – June 6, 2021.


No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California, October 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020.

Confessions, Elsewhere, Wonderspaces, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 12 – January 1, 2020.


Light the Barricades, WALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California, September 5 – December 29, 2019.

Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, The Helis Foundation and Historic New Orleans Collection, April 6 – October 6, 2019.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26 – September 2, 2019.

Confessions, In Common, Wonderspaces, San Diego, California, June 7 – September 1, 2019.

Before I Die, Arts Center of Mississippi, Greater Jackson Arts Council, Jackson, Mississippi, 2019.


A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, New York, February 10, 2018 – January 7, 2019.

Confessions, ARTsakh Fest, Institute of Contemporary Art, Stepanakert, Artsakh, Azerbaijan, October 5 – 7, 2018.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., March 30, 2018 – January 21, 2019.

Before I Die, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, 2018.


Confessions, Karoyan Gallery and Moscow Cinema, Yerevan, Armenia, October 10 – November 2, 2017

Onaeba, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo, Japan, 2017.

Confessions, Merge Festival, London, England, 2017.


The Atlas of Tomorrow, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2016.

Three Experiments in the City by Candy Chang, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece, 2016.

By the People: Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, New York, 2016.

Grief is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed, Heraklion, Greece, 2016.

Confessions, Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus, 2016.

Réver(cité), Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, France, 2016.


She Dreamed of a Place Called Fat City, Arts Council of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2015.

Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s-Now, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California, September 16 – December 13, 2015.

Before I Die, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, California, 2015.


The Candy Chang Initiative, Union Internationale des Architectes, Durban, South Africa, 2014.

Spontaneous Interventions, Governors Island, New York, New York, 2014.

Love Destroys Time, Exhibit BE, Prospect 3, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2014.

Geographies of Change, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy, 2014.

Design for Social Impact, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, 2014.


The Institute Effect, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013.

Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Étienne, France, 2013.

School of the Future, Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, Alabama, 2013.

Until We Meet Again, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, 2013.

IDEAS CITY, New Museum, New York, New York, 2013.

Before I Die, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013.


Spontaneous Interventions, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2012.

Crying in Public, Detour Design Renegade Exhibition, Hong Kong, 2012.

Past Futures, Present, Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, New York, 2012.

Confessions, Art Production Fund, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012.


Before I Die, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2011.

Career Path, Flux Aura, Creative Capital of Culture, Turku, Finland, June 6 – July 15, 2011.

Looking for Love Again, Common Space, Alaska Design Forum, Fairbanks, Alaska, April 15 – September 20, 2011.

National Design Triennial, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, New York, 2011.

The Voice Of…, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2011.

Subtext Projects, East/West Galleries, Fort Worth, Texas, 2011.


Ethnographic Terminalia, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2010.

Poster Offensive, GALLEY, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2010.


Global Polis, Center for Architecture, New York, New York, 2009.

@, Sci-Arc, Los Angeles, California, 2009.


Illuminators, Koltsovo International Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2008.

Post-it Notes for Neighbors, Windows Brooklyn, New York, New York, 2008.

Pedestrian Timeline, Figment, Governors Island, New York, New York, 2008.


Conflux Festival, New York, New York, 2007.

Selected Lectures

American Art Therapy Association, Washington, D.C.

American Planning Association National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

American School in London, London, England

Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Canadian Institute of Planners, Vancouver, Canada

Center for Architecture, New York, New York

Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

City of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Creativity World Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dallas Women’s Foundation, Dallas, Texas

Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference, Detroit, Michigan

Global Health Summit, New Orleans, Louisiana

Google, Macau, China

Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

International Association for Public Participation, Australasia

International Design Association, Kohler, Wisconsin

Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, Illinois

New Mexico Municipal League, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Psych Congress, San Diego, California

Rubin Museum of Art, New York, New York

Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia

School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

Summer Public Art School, Turku, Finland

TED Conference, Long Beach, California

TED Global Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

TED Ford Sessions, London, England

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vivid Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia

Visión Diseño Conference, Querétaro, Mexico

Watermark Conference for Women, Santa Clara, California

We The City Conference, Vancouver, Canada 

WESTAF Public Art Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Women Motion Picture & Television Fund, Beverly Hills, California

Women’s Leadership Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

Youth Art Camp, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Selected Bibliography

The New York Times. “Three Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now: Candy Chang and James A. Reeves’s Memorial Art,” October 20, 2021.

Spectrum News NY1. “Brooklyn installation turns private loss into public art,” November 13, 2021.

PIX11 News, “Green-Wood Cemetery Launches Art Installation,” October 6, 2021.

Brooklyn Magazine. “Green-Wood Cemetery Wants You to Describe Your Loss,” September 16, 2021.

Time Magazine. “Public Display of Anticipation,” Special Edition: The Science of Stress, September 2019.

KTLA. “Artists Candy Chang and James Reeves on Their ‘Light the Barricades’ Public Installation,” September 6, 2019.

The Atlantic. “Your Flaws Are Probably More Attractive Than You Think They Are: ‘Beautiful messes’ have a certain allure” by Emily Esfahani Smith, January 9, 2019.

Public Art Journal. “Art Intervenes in Community: Case Studies of American Community” by Lu Wei, No.4, 2018.

Tricycle Magazine. “Spotlight On: Candy Chang & James A. Reeves” by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe, Summer 2018.

Women’s Health Magazine. “5 Stunning Pieces Of Art That Prove Death Doesn’t Have To Be Sad” by Meirav Devash, February 8, 2018.

Forbes Magazine. “This Artist Turns Anxiety and Fear into Public Art” by Jane Claire Hervey, January 30, 2018.

Konbini. “This Art Project Is Asking Nigerians What They’d Like To Do Before They Die” by Damilola Animashaun, November 2017.

UPROXX. “How A Global Art Project Connects People Through Their Insecurities,” by Jessica Toomer, June 25, 2017.

Crixeo. “Candy Chang’s Street Art Experiments,” by Christa McIntyre, February 2017.

Public Art Review Magazine. “Dialing for Wisdom: Candy Chang’s Latest Project” by Amelia Foster, Issue 55, Fall/ Winter 2016, p 72-75.

“LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways for Design in Social Innovation,” by Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico, Andrew Shea (Eds.), Designmatters, 2016.

Mental Floss. “Role Model: Candy Chang.” By Jen Doll, Volume 15, Issue 3, May/June 2016.

Pelican Bomb. “Storytelling in the Streets: An Interview with Candy Chang” by Nick Stillman,, Nov 5, 2015.

Print Magazine. “Women Who Design,” by Sabrina Shattles, February 2014 issue, pp. 40-47.

“Reparation: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans,” by Diego Cortez, Imago Mundi (Eds.), Fabrica 2014, p. 90-91.

CBS News. “Before I Die Art Project Goes Global,” by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, December 28, 2013.

AP News. “Public Art Project Elicits the Profound, Profane,” by Carolyn Thompson, December 4, 2013.

CNN. “‘Before I Die’ Walls Turn Dreams Into Words,” by Emanuella Grinberg, December 2, 2013.

BMW Guggenheim Lab. “100 Urban Trends: Public Space,” by Christine McLaren, September 2013.

Public Art Review Magazine.“Conversations with Five Artists Who Think Deeply About How Public Art Can Shape Our Experience of Place,” by Joseph Hart, Issue 47, November 2012.

NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams. ”Hopes and Dreams Become Urban Art,” December 6, 2011.

Grist. “The City Speaks – and Artist Candy Chang Finds Fresh Ways to Listen,” by Greg Hanscom, December 2011

O, The Oprah Magazine. “Community Builder: How Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects Are Changing Communities Everywhere,” by Jessica Sivester, September 2011 issue, pp. 60.

The Atlantic. “A Conversation with Candy Chang, Public Installation Artist and Designer,” by Samantha Michaels, August 2011.

USA Network. “The Innovative Candy Chang,” by Wooster Collective, May 2011.

Juxtapoz Magazine. “An Interview with Candy Chang,” by Helen Soteriou, April 2011.

Fast Company Magazine. “A Generation of Designers Who Design With Purpose,” by Alissa Walker, October 2010.


M.S., Urban Planning, Columbia University
B.F.A., Design, University of Michigan
B.S, Architecture, University of Michigan