Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material-and-process-driven, site-responsive installations. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, wax and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. As Kay Whitney wrote about Liu's work in Sculpture Magazine: "Liu’s installations leap from obsession and repetition to something profound and expansive, merging the personal with the political."
Liu’s work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Crow Museum of Asian Art, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center, Hua Gallery, London, UK, Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco. Liu’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., New Orleans Museum of Art, Artpace, Hamburg Art Week, Germany, the Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania, and the 23rd and 25th Miniartextil International Contemporary Fiber Art exhibitions in Como, Italy, among many others. Liu has been awarded the 2021-2022 Fulbright Arctic Chair, one of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs programs. Liu is a 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant recipient. Liu is the 2018 Texas State Artist in 3D medium by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on The Arts. Liu’s work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Museum of Southeast Texas, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation through Women & Their Work. Liu has received artist residency fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Center, Studios at MASS MoCA, Facebook AIR, Fiskars AIR, Djerassi Foundation, and Fundación Valparaíso, Spain, among others. She received a Distinction award at the 2011 Kaunas Biennial Lithuania, and was honored by a San Francisco Mayor’s Award for her contribution to cultural exchange. Liu’s work has been featured by Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, New York Times, Washington Post, Art Papers, ArtSlant, The Huffington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Artillery Magazine, LA Confidential, Sacchi Review, UK, Helsinki Sanomat News, Finland, Morgenbladet, Norway, China Daily, Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Hamburg Abendblatt and Vita (Life) Magazine, Italy, ArtSlant, San Francisco Examiner and LA Confidential, PBS, among others. Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas, USA. Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is the holder of the Leslie Waggener Endowed Professorship in the Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
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