"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 also studied at The Basel School of Design in Switzerland, and The Royal Academy of Art in England. Yanya was an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Marshall University, and she worked and taught at University of Kentucky and Morehead State University.
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 was the co-founder of a non-profit design program "Design Interest" which provides free creative services for charity organizations supporting children and women's well being. She co-organized “Free Art”, a pro-art promotion that encourages local arts communities to advocate for increasing access to quality arts programs for all students.
Yanya Yang has exhibited her work in solo, juried, and group exhibitions in US and further aﬁeld, including Paris Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, Novosibirsk Art Museum, Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre Gallery in Poland, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, The Artist Impact Gallery, Baregamont Gallery, Wisconsin University Madison, Indiana State University, Morehead State University, and Ford-Hays State University. Her design work has won awards, such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts Juried Design Exhibition, the Horizon International Interactive Awards; and the PIAS Design Competition. 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. Yanya’s work has been featured in publications including Graphic Design USA.