Carol Zou is a Texangelena by way of the Chinese diaspora. Her work focuses on layered human geographies, craft as non-western cultural production, and polyvocality through a community organizing model. Her work ranges from facilitated community collaborations to more personally driven, conceptual works.
Carol is the director of Trans.lation, an arts and cultural platform initiated by Rick Lowe and commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center, located in the immigrant, refugee, African American, and Latinx neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Texas. Through resident-led councils, resident-taught workshops, professional development, and pop-up exhibitions, Carol facilitates a space of cultural freedom and self-organization among a diverse and polylingual community.
Prior to Trans.lation, Carol organized the art collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective ranging from 20 to 500 crafters that creates public art through crowdsourced, participatory models. YBLA has collaborated with diverse constituencies including: Downtown Women's Center in Skid Row, Braille Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mayor's Office.
Additionally, Carol is a founder of Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state alliance of creative workers of color that highlights the need for diversity in the creative fields. Michelada Think Tank has presented at 18th Street Art Center, Open Engagement, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and San Diego Art Institute. Additionally, Michelada Think Tank consults with local governments and arts institutions on issues of cultural equity.
Carol received her B.F.A. from Cornell University with minors in Urban Planning and Gender Studies, and her M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She has participated in fellowships and residencies from National Art Strategies, Women's Center for Creative Work, Common Field, and is currently a 2017 Project Row Houses - University of Houston College of the Arts inaugural Fellow.