MING Studios is an international contemporary art center and residency program.
Our mission is to exhibit, experience and explore contemporary arts and culture.
Our purpose is educational, non-profit, community driven, multicultural, collaborative, participatory, public and relevant.
We provide exhibition space and resources for featured international artists, whom we support through our Artist In Residency Program and encourage to create new work that is influenced by their experience and collaborations at MING Studios.
We also serve our community by hosting innovative programs including workshops and cultural activities, performances, screenings, readings and artist talks .
Jason Morales: Founder
Jason founded MING Studios to introduce international artists to Idaho through an Artist In Residency program, to host art installations and exhibitions that would not otherwise be accessible to Idahoans, and to offer new opportunities for regional artists. Jason also works for Microsoft on the US Education team specializing in data analytics, and he teaches a course as an Adjunct Professor at Boise State University in the College of Business and Economics.
Lauren Mahon: Operations
Lauren is a designer and fabricator working primarily with textiles and wood. She earned a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA. While her work is situated within the framework of design, she uses it as a vehicle to explore everyday erotics, directly addressing and referencing the body through visual and structural elements. When she isn’t running operations at MING Studios, she runs a design studio producing bags and wares.
Kristen Cooper: AIR Program Director
Kristen is a conceptual artist whose work has been exhibited internationally (China, Finland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico). She has traveled extensively; collaborating with artists and co-curating exhibitions. Kristen received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and a M.F.A. from the Dutch Art Institute, in the Netherlands. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.