About

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"I am not specially talented, I am just extremely curious" - Albert Einstein

Yanya Yang received her MFA degree in Art and Design from Indiana State University. She studied at The Basel School of Design in Switzerland, and The Royal Academy of Art in England.

Yanya was an assistant professor of art and design at Eastern Kentucky University and Marshall University, she also worked and taught at University of Kentucky and Morehead State University. Currently, Yanya is leading an education consulting agency focusing on art and design related programs.

Yanya has exhibited her work in solo, group and juried shows in US and further afield, including Paris Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, Novosibirsk Art Museum in Russia, Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre Gallery in Poland, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, and The Artist Impact Gallery. She has won numerous awards for her work, such as American Institute of Graphic Arts Juried Design Exhibition (Bronze), Horizon International Interactive Awards (Bronze award); The VII International Computer Art Biennale in Poland; International Trade Mark Contest in Russia, PIAS Design Competition (First Place). Yanya was a recipient of the “Individual Artist Grant” from the Kentucky Art Council, and the “Art Meets Activism Grant” from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her work has been featured in publications and media including Graphic Design USA.

Yanya believes in life-long learning, researching and exploring ideas aimed at creating projects for public interest and social value. She is an advocate for using problem-solving and design thinking to raise awareness on social disparities. She is the co-founder of a non-profit design studio "Design Interest" which provides free creative services for charity organizations supporting children and women's well being. She co-created the “Free Art”, a pro-art promotion that encourages local arts communities to help lead an effort in their school districts to increase and support access to quality arts programs for all students.