After graduating from MCAD, Jake Yuzna spent a year working in Minneapolis before he moved to New York and started a job managing film and multimedia at the New Museum. After his time at the museum, a fellowship opportunity brought him to Creative Time, a nonprofit that coordinates large-scale, public art projects, such as the Twin Towers light beams. Yuzna then switched to manager of public programs at the Museum of Arts and Design where he is currently director of programming.
Yuzna founded, and still curates, the museum's cinema, performance, and nightlife programs. He is also currently curating their first biennial, the NYC Makers Open, which opens in July of this year. Yuzna's first book, The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC, was published last fall.
Also a filmmaker, Yuzna's 2011 film Open received a jury award at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2012 he received a Creative Capital grant in film and video. He has always been interested in the methodology of the artists whose work he admires, and he noticed that they all went to art school rather than film school. Of all the art schools Yuzna looked at when applying to college, MCAD felt the most right, and ended up being life changing for him. Looking back now, he appreciates that he received a more in-depth and expansive education than a lot of other arts programs would have provided.
"At MCAD, you learn all of these random skills that you think you’ll never need, but that’s what gives you a different approach and perspective. You walk out with much more diverse abilities."