Jing Zhao studied as an artist exploring ideological transformations in this time of accelerated information circulation and cultural diaspora. As Jing worked through the rigors of a BA in Photography in China and an MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media in America, she achieved various art practicing skills as well as the historical knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Meanwhile, she was engaged in art organizations such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Chinese in America, allowing her to work directly with professionals in media production, art documentation, and curatorial collaboration. During her tenure as a graduate student in the MS Museums and Digital Culture program at Pratt Institute, Jing pursued projects that reflect her passion for museum collection management, art documentation, and preservation. Having learned new technologies, she hope to be able to employ these approaches throughout her career and continue to engage in advanced methods of dispersing information.
Museums and Digital Culture, MS
Maryland Institute College of Art
Photographic and Electronic Media, MFA
China Academy of Art
August 2021 – May 2022
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Collection Information & Data Fellow
Data entry, including assigned descriptive subject terms to permanent collection object records, and entering provenance data, in TMS; assisted with formatting revised object and conservation questionnaire templates; created object files and printed, organized, and filed documentation generated in 2020-2021; assisted the Museum staff, interns, and outside researchers with research inquiries
March 2020 – August 2020
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
2020 US Census Organizer (Remote)
Supported the museum’s outreach to engage thousands of its constituents about the importance of completing the census survey; designed appealing posters and flyers to increase public census awareness and participation; coordinated in launch a multilingual and multiplatform social media campaign to target Chinese communities in NYC
December 2019 – March 2020
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
Communications, Graphic Design, and Media Production Intern
Assisted with the implementation of media outreach campaigns, web content development, and social media engagement; produced and edited video and image content for museum programs and publications; organized and translated museum press and social media posts; maintained and updated media contacts database
July 2019 – November 2019
NewFilmmakers New York, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Social Media Intern
Supported background research of film series; managed social media through online marketing and promotion; insured photographic and video documentation of events.
August 2018 – May 2019
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Graduate Program Assistant
Supported program director with courses and external communications; facilitated informational meetings; organized program activities
September 2017 – May 2019
MICA GradEx Graduate Exhibition Committee, Baltimore, MD
Designed exhibition space planning for grad students; assisted with online promotion and opening reception; executed equipment checkout and artworks transportation
February 2017 – May 2017
MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China
Managed front desk consultations and fielded customer phone calls; offered visitors gallery tours; updated gallery website and Art-Ba-Ba BBS; managed video data of Shanghai Contemporary Art Archive Project
NewFilmmakers New York Fall Festival 2019, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY, USA
The Story of Finding Differences, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Beijing, China
MICA Grad Show III 2019, RIGGS - LEIDY Galleries, Baltimore, MD, USA
Imageless Dummy Photo-Zine Awards 2018 exhibition, Wuxi, China
PEM Fall Shaw 2018, Fox3 Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA
Looking-Glass Self, The Gateway, Baltimore, MD, USA
Mirror, Cardinal Space, Baltimore, MD, USA
PEM Fall Show 2017, RIGGS - LEIDY Galleries, Baltimore, MD, USA
ILLUMINANT, Young Photographers' Group Exhibition & Art Books Exhibition, Jiangxi, China
The Scene of Privacy, Xixihuajian Hall, Hangzhou, China
Xuyuweishi, Pioneering Plan’s Exhibition of Photography in 2016, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Art Book in China, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Speaking into the Air, Artlaxy Gallery, Shanghai, China
Tiandiyunjian, Graduate Exhibition in China Academy of Art, Wubei Gallery, Hangzhou, China
Spring Is Coming _Fukubukuro, San Shang Art, Hangzhou, China
The City of Leisure, LBX Gallery, Hangzhou, China
3268.7, CAA, Hangzhou, China
Spring Is Coming _10cm³, San Shang Art, Hangzhou, China
3rd Wanxiang Series of CAA, Practical Education Exhibition of Photography Dept., Hangzhou, China
Overlaid Reality, San Shang Art·Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China
Babel: Reunite After Bewilderment, CAA Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
On the Road, The Affiliated High School of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Awards and Scholarships
Graduate Merit Scholarship
Maryland Institute College of Art
Graduate Merit Scholarship
Zhejiang Provincial Federation of Literary and Art Circles
Annual Talent in Fine Art
China Academy of Art
“Ling Fengmian” Gold Award
Microsoft Office, Google Suite, TMS (The Museum System), Tableau, Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro
HTML, CSS, Python
English (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (native)
Midnight Vortex, multimedia installation
Looking-Glass Self, multimedia installation
Jayne Chao Raising Program, text adventure game
A Photo of 14, documentary and inkjet printing photo
2202, photography series
Farewell, photography series
丶, single-channel video with sound
Mind Notes, painting on canvas
From Langjun to Fangjia Fan, multichannel video with sound
Oops, Screens Lodging in the Flesh, photography series
December 10, 2020
Media Art Conservation in the European Union and American Spheres: A Case Study of ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Whitney Museum of American Art
Using the case of conservation projects at both the ZKM and the Whitney Museum, this article explored the methods, challenges, and ethics of media art conservation in both the European Union and American Spheres.
November 16, 2020
Collections, Disasters, and Recovery: A Case Study of the Museum of Chinese in American Archive Fire
This article begins by outlining the regular preventive conservation of collections. Then, by using the case of the fire at 70 Mulberry Street, it explored the entanglement of the real challenges the museum faced, disaster management plan, and recovery methods. At the end of this article, a list of guidelines was provided for museum collections, archives, and libraries.
October 30, 2020
Interview with Digital Media Preservation Specialist Savannah Campbell
I interviewed Savannah Campbell - Digital Media Preservation Specialist of the Media Preservation Initiative at the Whitney Museum of American Art. During that time, I worked on a case study project - Media Art Conservation in the European Union and American Spheres. In our conversation, Savannah answered many questions mainly related to this case study and shared some of her reflections and prospects of digital media conservation.
September 30, 2020
Interview with MOCA Collections and Research Center Director Yue Ma
In the middle of September, I interviewed Yue for a brief chat to get a better understanding of the MOCA collection department and her story as an archivist who worked both in China and America.
March 30, 2019
Unlimited-Limited: Hybridized Identity and Censorship in Chinese Post-Internet Art
The Internet has revolutionized young Chinese citizens, drawing them out of national isolation and enabling them to cross all sorts of cultural boundaries. However, they are coming of age with an internet that is distinctively different from the rest of the World Wide Web because of the government’s censorship of information. It is clear that, under this situation, the internet has affected the careers of many Chinese artists especially the younger generation. By analyzing six Chinese artists’ works, this article explored the creativity under the 'unlimited-limited' internet situation in China.
Linked Cinema Project: Linked Open Data at the Anthology Film Archives
This is a grant proposal seeking funds and supports to enhance access to programming and collection information at the Anthology Film Archives through linked open data. The Linked Cinema Project ultimately aims to open the possibility of inter-connection with other film archives and independent cinemas, and to advocate for the discovery of lesser-known films, directors, and cultural moments.
Preservation Assessment Report: Barbara Curtis Adachi Bunraku Collection
This report applies knowledge about preservation and historical manufacture of typical collection items to create a preservation assessment by using the information from the Bunraku Collection's Finding Aid.
Net Art Commission Management Plan for 661 Art Museum
661 Art Museum is a fictional museum. With their collection of 55 and growing artist commissioned net artworks, 661 now seeks to standardize their approach to organizing, maintaining, and storing both the artworks themselves and their related documentation. In order for the museum to address these goals, this group project has identified four objectives along with corresponding methodologies.
Museum Public Program Proposal: Virtual Gallery Tour of Twilight of the Idols Exhibition
This proposal suggests the House of Art launch a virtual gallery tour program of its online exhibition -- Twilight of the Idols - Art and AI as Aesthetic Discourse in the Age of Trans- and Posthumanism.
Contemporary Chinese Art Price Trends
This project works with contemporary Chinese art prices data. Web scraping from artsy.com, I compiled 40 years’ worth of data into four CSV files based on artworks in different medium categories. I was able to calculate the general price trend of artworks from 1980 to 2020, the artist & gallery ranking based on the artworks’ prices, and sales status based on artist & artwork time period. In addition, I also created data visualizations of these price trends.
Analytics Report: MoMA Online Education Events
MoMA Online Education Events Analytics Report project conducts digital analyses of www.moma.org between March 2020 and April 2021. The purpose of this group project is to measure the traffic of the MoMA Education web pages and media channels, understand the audiences, and find the most successful programs. The analytics report uses the data collected from Google Analytics & Spreadsheets provided by MoMA Education Department, dashboard visualizations, and predetermines metrics to identify key findings and opportunities to improve MoMA online education events.
SNAC Record Update: Ai Weiwei is a project that focuses on enhancing artist Ai Weiwei’s biographical and historical record on snaccooperative.org. This project listed the missing parts in Ai’s SNAC record, such as biography, artworks, and related names. By harvesting data through Application Programming Interface (API), the project discovered the information from trusted sources that could enrich Ai’s record.
This project took a look at five YouTube Channels of museums that focus on modern & contemporary art and analyzed the performance of each channel's activities by collecting data through YouTube Data Tools and visualizing the data through Tableau Public. Comments and recommendations were made based on the listed findings.
Mediation in the Digital Age: Emotion, Memories, and Values is an online collection that features artworks reacting to the current digital landscape. It displays the contemporary art scene (2011-2017) that artists from different countries use videos to question and provoke ideas in which digital media shape acts of our memory, emotive process, and values.
The Media Artists Speak project aims to provide an online platform for media artists to share and learn about media art conservation. It features a blog page for media artists to post their opinions on how art institutions should take care of their works during the exhibition, preservation, and restoration process. This project also committed to researching media art conservation methods, technologies, resources, and case studies that provide artists more comprehensive insights.