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Emma Balázs

Assistant Professor

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  • 703-993-8791 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5052
    3351 North Fairfax Drive
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Emma Balázs is an internationally experienced arts manager. Originally from Melbourne, she has also lived and worked in Paris, Chicago, New York and Singapore, working in diverse roles in the arts, as curator, screenwriter, dance producer, film director, educator and arts manager. She has worked and taught at some leading art schools, including Columbia University School of the Arts, New York City; La Salle College of the Arts,Singapore; Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and SUNY-Purchase, New York. She received a BA in English from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts, and an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently she completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice at the University of Melbourne. As part of her PhD project, she created a experimental museum, The People's Museum for Prince, designed to honor the personal impact Prince had on many lives around the world. Its first exhibition was held in Minneapolis, Prince's home town, in May 2018 and attracted over 3000 visitors. Planning is underway for a new exhibition in June 2020.

I love film, dancing, yoga, and recently discovered a passion for... jigsaw puzzles! I completed my first puzzle with my partner this summer in Amsterdam. We started with a famously hard one: a 1000 piece Jackson Pollock! We completed it in 3 weeks. I was challenged by and ultimately loved the pointlessness of it, a healthy antidote to society's obsession with productivity and over-scheduling. I got to think a lot about Abstract Expressionism and meditate widely on the power and role of art in society. Overall I found the experience akin to creating a buddhist sand mandala. To complete the cycle, I wanted to break it up as soon as it was done, but my boyfriend couldn't bear to after all that hard work! So we saved it to frame instead.


PhD, Interdisciplinary Arts Practice, University of Melbourne

MA, Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Graduate Diploma, Film and Television, Victorian College of the Arts

BA, English, University of Melbourne

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Appointment: Term

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

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