Ye Qin Zhu was the inaugural Innovation Fellow between Yale Schwarzman Center and Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. Ye holds an MFA '20 from Yale, and a BFA '10 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York.
Ye is an art-maker and an educator. From 2014 to 2016, Ye and his brother co-founded and ran an art school, Redwood Art Studio, which focused on exploration and personal growth. The school taught drawing and painting to kids in the communities of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where Ye grew up. In 2012, Ye co-founded Socotra Studio, a collaborative project exploring material property, ritual, craft, and function in the objects they make. From 2008 to 2012, and 2016 to 2017, Ye was the Program Coordinator at Art Palestine International, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Palestinian Art. More recently, he co-designed a memorial for those affected by COVID-19 through the lens of social justice in New Haven, CT under The Design Brigade—a joint initiative by Yale’s Center for Collaborative Arts & Media and Atelier Cho Thompson, a New Haven-based architecture firm.
As an Innovation Fellow, Ye acted as the lead liaison between the two centers to organize, design, deploy, and evaluate storytelling initiatives, program development, and creative research opportunities.