Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Fall 2019 Beili Liu

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Beili Liu

Austin, TX
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Beili Liu is a visual artist who has exhibited extensively in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center (2016, 2011), Hua Gallery, London, UK (2012), Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2017, 2011), Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai (2009), and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco (2015, 2008). Liu’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2012), Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, Museum of Southeast Texas, Hamburg Art Week, Germany (2012), Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania (2011), and Hangzhou Fiber Art Triennial, Zhijing Art Museum, China (2016), among many others.

Liu is a 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient. Liu has been designated the 2018 Texas State Artist in 3D medium by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on The Arts. Beili Liu’s work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Museum of Southeast Texas, 2014) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant (Women and Their Work Gallery, 2013). Liu’s work has received critical reviews from publications such as Art in America, Sacchi Review, UK; Helsinki Sanomat News, Finland, Morgenbladet, Norway; China Daily; Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art; Hamburg Abendblatt, Germany; Vita (Life) Magazine, Italy; The Huffington Post; New York Times; San Francisco Examiner; and LA Confidential.

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, TX. Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.


“I make environments that resonate with the experience of migration and cultural memory. My work looks at fusing together the seemingly opposite in life: alien and the familiar, uncertainty and hope, aggression and stillness—the yielding resilience that I see as the feminine strength, overcoming great obstacles, like dripping water that eventually penetrates stone.”


  • After All/Mending The Sky, 2017-2018, silk, cyanotype, needles, thread, wire, hardware, dimensions variable, site-responsive installation

  • Recall/Como, 2015, paraffin wax, thread, hardware, 10 x 20 x 8.5 feet, site-specific installation

  • Where Winds Are Gaining Speed, 2016, paper, thread, cyanotype, glacier stones, dimensions variable, site-specific installation

  • Lure Series, 2008-2017, thread, sewing needle, dimensions variable, (each coil 2-5" in diameter), site-responsive installation series

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.