Artist Talk: Beili Liu

Monday, April 26, 2021
5 PM, Zoom

Join the UVA Department of Art and the Sculpture Concentration for a talk by installation artist Beili Liu. Registration required!


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: "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 named 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 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 through the Museum of Southeast Texas. 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.