Biography - Beili Liu



Exhibitions and Provenance
Solo Exhibitions
2012  Rise and Fall, Hua Gallery, London, UK 
Between Wind and Water, Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Installationen & Wandarbeiten, Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne in Munich, Germany
Recall, Hå gamle prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center, Norway
Drawn, Robert HillestadTextiles Gallery,University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
The Mending Project, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin TX 
Extent, Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, WA 
2010 Fray, Asia Unlimited Gallery, Forum für Internationalen Kulturaustausch, Berlin, Germany 
half empty . half full, Nordisk Kunst Plattform Gallery, Brusand, Norway
One, Another
, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY
2009 Mapping Memories, Beili Liu and Takafumi Ide, (two person exhibition), Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY
Bound, d berman Gallery, Austin, TX 
In Between, 之间,Elisabeth de Brabant Gallery Shanghai, China
Three Thousand Troubled Threads, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Miasma, Three Walls Gallery, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
2008 LURE / , Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Beili Liu: LURE, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
2006 Recall (shadow), Gallery One, Ann Arbor, MI 
Recall (barn)
, A site-specific installation, Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA
Aline, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2005 Breadth, A site-specific installation, Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2004 The little House Stands on the Prairie, A site-specific installation, Art Farm, NE
2003 In-prints—Recent 2-D work by Beili Liu, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Fixtures, in collaboration with Kendall Babl, The Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 Beili Liu: Wayfinding, Michigan Guild Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
  Beili Liu: Solid State, Warren Robbins Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI


Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Texas Draws II, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
2011 Across the Divide, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 11, National Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania
Obsessive Worlds,
 Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX 
The Mona Lisa Project, Austin Museum of Art, and Grand Rapids Museum of Art
2010 Combined, Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin
ArtPrize Exhibition, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art,Grand Rapids, MI
Nature/Culture, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY 
Unraveling Tradition, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM 
Mind, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan
By A Thread, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA
2009 IT IS BEAUTIFUL HERE, Granary Gallery, Fiskars, Finland 
Fall Faculty Exhibition, Creative Research Lab, University of Texas at Austin
IF/ELSE, Detroit Industrial Project,Detroit, MI
A Strange Land, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX 
The Storm Show, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 San Francisco International Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
11th Annual United States of Asian America Festival, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Ying-Inspired by Chinese art ad History, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Aging with Attitude, Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2007 Crisis, Detroit Industrial Project, MI
Earth World, Bu-Con, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI
Turning Point, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
Transparent, Granary Gallery, Onoma foundation of Finland, Fiskars, Finland, Anton Art Center, Mount Clements, MI
2006 12+12, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI 
Minimal and Maximum, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
Just a squirrel, trying to find a nut, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI
Adam and Eve, Holland Arts Council, MI, Creative Arts Center, Pontiac, MI, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI
2005 Collaborators’ 2, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
The Nature of Paper, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Plexus, 4731 Gallery, Detroit, MI  

Art Harvest, Art Farm, Marquette, NE

42nd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival installations, Historical Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

2003 Sound, Image, Story, Media Union Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
MFA Thesis: Above, Below, J. P. Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 A Room of Your Own, Michigan Guild Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
Works in Progress: Spiral, J. P. Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Earplay, Media Union, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Individual’s Culture, Warren Robbins Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Revisioning the Great Lakes, Media Union Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
Air Bubble (two person show), 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN




Selected Awards and Prizes


2011 Walter and Gina Ducloux Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin
Distinction Award, Kaunas Biennale, TEXTILE 11, Kaunas Lithuania
Austin Critics Table Award: Outstanding Artist
Austin Critics Table Award: Out Standing Works of Art: Installation
2010 3rd Prize, ArtPRIZE 2010, Grand Rapids, MI
Austin Critics Table Awards—         Outstanding Solo Exhibition, Bound, D Berman Gallery
2009 Artist of the Year Award, 3D Medium, Presented by the Austin Museum of Art and Austin Visual Arts Association
Artist Residency Fellowship, Fundación Valparaíso, Spain
2008 Certificate of Honor, San Francisco Major’s award
City of San Jose San Jose Commendation, presented by Kensen Chu, Council member
Ronald Colins Distinguished Faculty Award, Eastern Michigan University
Josephine Nevins Keal Fellowship, Eastern Michigan University

Artist Residency Fellowship, Onoma Foundation Fiskars Artist Residency, Finland 
Artistic Recognition Award, Eastern Michigan University
World College Travel Grant

Best of Show75th Anniversary All-Media Exhibition, Detroit Artist Market

2006 Artist Residency Fellowship, Djerassi Foundation, CA 
Efellows Grant Award, Eastern Michigan University
Josephine Nevins Keal Fellowship, Eastern Michigan University
2004 Artist Residency Fellowship, Art Farm Artist residency, NE
2002 Barbour Scholarship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan, MI
2001  Best of Show Awardand Fine Art Purchase Award, 54th Annual School of Art Competition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2000  First Prize, 2-D Exhibition Competition, Union Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Press and Reviews

Step into Obsessive Worlds, Steve Junious, 09.22.11,Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont TX
Chinese Artist Beili Liu’s Mending Project, 华裔艺术家刘北立的缝补工程, 雅昌艺术网/, China      
Poignant Misfortune: Exhibition cultivating stillness and uncertainty, 06.30.11,Stavenger Aftenblad, Norway
Inspired by the Homeland, Eli Naesheim, 06.11.11, Stavenger Aftenblad, Norway
“Fresh Art”, Rita Eritsland, 06.10 11, Jærbladet, Norway
Recall, virtualwallworld, Stavanger, Norway
Suspenseful—Beili Liu’s ‘Mending Project’, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, 03.14.11, Austin American Statesman
Flow of Energy—Beili Liu, 03.11,11, Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
An Artist Bridging Cultural Differences, Marilyn McCray, March 2011, Austin Women Magazine 
Beili Liu: The Mending Project preview, American Craft Magazine 
Beili Liu at Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, Washington, Adrianna Grant, April 2011, Visual Art Source, Seattle
Featured Visual Artist: Beili Liu, 02.27.11, The Monarch Review, Seattle


Art Now—The Regionalism of American Contemporary Art Environment, Abby Chen, ArtChina 艺术当代Magazine
Hand-coiled thread installations by Beili Liu, 12.17.10, BOOOOOOM! 
Michigan Artist Wins Top ArtPrize Award, 10.8.10, The Associated Press, ABC News
Not just an eyeful - ArtPrize finalists that actually encourage meditation, 10.4.10, Brian J. Bowe, The Rapidian 
At UICA, Expect the Unexpected, Highlight: Beili Liu, Jeffery Kaczmarczyk, 9.14.10, Grand Rapids Press
  "Inn i kunstnen"/In Side the Art, Sigrun Hodne, 06.09.2010, Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway
From Berlin to Brusand, John Pertter Nordbo, 05.14.2010, Jærbladet, Norway
Threads Bared in SoFA at MACLA and ICA, Jane Prybyz, 04.06.2010, ArtShrift San Jose
Ties That Bind, Colin Dabkowski, 01.22.2010, The Buffalo News
San José Institute Of Contemporary Art Presents “By A Thread”, 01.12.2010, Design Taxi, The global creative network


Beili Liu, Top 10 Exhibitions in Shanghai 2009, Chris Moore, December, Saatchi Online Review, UK 
East is bound to West in artist's work, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, 09.27.2009, Austin American Statesman
一针一线,一阴一阳/A Needle and A Thread, the Yin and the Yang杜方舒, September, The Bund Culture,          Shanghai, China 
Spirits Summoned for artist’s abstract discourse, Zhang Kun, 08.22.09, China Daily
The Fun is in the Making, 追寻过程之美,轶城/Charles, September, iLOOK Monitor, Shanghai/Hongkong 
In Between: Beili Liu Solo Exhibition, 08.15.2009, Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
“Red Thread Connection”, Merja Ilpala-Klemm, 05.15.2009, Turun Sanomat, Finland
The Beauty in A Sting, 05.09. 2009, HBL, Hufvudstadsbladet, Finland
Seed the Language with Shimmering silk, 05.09.2009, Västra Nyland, Finland 
It is Beautiful Here, Exhibition Preview, May, Novita online, Finland
Beili Liu at Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Los Angles, Janet Koplos, April, Art in America
“Now Art, For Real, Beili Liu at Three Walls Gallery”,Sarah Fisch, 03.10.2009, San Antonio Current
Beili Liu, Three Walls Gallery, Wendy Atwell, March, …Might be Good, a contemporary art e-journal, San Antonio, TX
The Wafting Bouquet of Artistic License, Sandra Vista, February, ArtSlant Los Angeles
Three Thousand Troubled Threads, Beili Liu, Los Angles,Steven Irvin, 02.03.2009, Buzzine, Los Angeles


Don’t Miss, Featured Exhibition “Lure”, June,  San Francisco Chronicle
Legend made visible, Janos Gereben, 05.20.2008, San Francisco Examiner
Lure: Beili Liu Explores the Ties that Bind Lovers, DeWitt Cheng, 05.18.2008, ArtSlant San Francisco
Beili Liu Lures Audience with Red String, Traci Vogel, 05.14.2008, San Francisco Weekly
国际艺术节 / International Arts Festival in San Francisco,05.08.2008, Mingpao News, San Francisco
刘北立作品惑华阜展出/Beili Liu’s Lure on view at Chinese Culture Center, 05.08.2008, World Journal Daily News 
Change Dynasty, Maureen Davidson, 04.23.2008, Metro Santa Cruz, CA
Exhibit Opening UICA, Paul Kraus, 04.01.2008, Revue, Grand Rapids, MI
Great Inspirations, Christa Martin, 03.12.2008, Good Times Santa Cruz, CA


Fiskars summer exhibitions, 05.17.2007, Turun Sanomat, Finland
Läpi pintojen ja rakenteiden/Through the surfaces and structures, 05.25.2007, Helsinki Sanomat, Finland

A master of water, William Zilke, 01.18.2007, Heritage Newspapers, Ypsilanti, MI

On Display—Liu at WCC, John Carlos Cantu, 10.08.06, Ann Arbor News 
Artist Beili Liu Exhibits at Gallery One, Katherine Mohammed, 09.11.06, The Voice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hang On, Beili Liu suspends our pleasure, Nick Sousanis, 01.18.06, Detroit Metro Times
Mixed-Media Marvels, John Carlos Cantu, 01.14.06, Ann Arbor News


“Breadth” at U-M, Susan Selasky, 09.27.05, Detroit Free Press
Plexus @ 4731, Nick Sousanis, 08.02.05,The Detroiter 
Rebuilding Memories in Adobe Brick, Janet Miller, 03.20.05, Ann Arbor News


A Path to Her Past, Chinese artist building a replica of her parent’s home at Art Farm, Krystal Overmyer
08.01.04, The Independent, Grand Island, Nebraska
Artist building replica of rural Chinese home, 08.08.04, World Herald, Omaha, NE
Artist builds Chinese-style hut, 08.08.04, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

2003 Inventive work involve shifting physical elements, John Carlos Cantu, 11.23.03, Ann Arbor News
2002 Wayfinding through space and time, John Carlos Cantu, 11.23.03, Ann Arbor News


2003   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  MFA  Mixed Media
2001 University of Tennessee, Knoxville  BA, Magna Cum Laude Graphic Design   
1994 Shenzhen University, China       Assoc. BA Chinese Literature and Communication