biography

Monika Lin was raised bicoastally in the United States in New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BFA from Mills College in Oakland and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work deals primarily with social-political themes emphasising cultural constructs and economics; the social relevance of art through dialogue, collaboration and relational experience; and questions of myth and materiality. Ms. Lin has lived in Shanghai since 2006. She has attended residencies in Vermont, Jingdezhen, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Art at New York University Shanghai.

 

Education

2017          MFA, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
1997          BFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1986-89    College of Creative Studies, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Residencies

2015         Vermont College of Fine Art, Vermont
2014         Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
2012         Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Select Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2017
From the Bones of the Fish, Central Booking Gallery, NY, NY

2012
Tenthousand, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010
Medusa, Art Labor Space, Shanghai China

2010
Small Offerings, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Child Palace, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China

2005
Double Happiness, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF, CA

2003
Red Shoes, Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA

2002
Untitled Exhibition, Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2001
New Work, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Untitled Exhibition, Light Box Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2000
Objects and Icons, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF, CA

1999
Blue Lotus, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SFan Francisco CA

1998
Untitled Exhibition, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF CA

Select Group Exhibitions

2018
International Art Exhibition, Changsha, China
To Be Like Water?, Why Why Art Center, Hangzhou, China

2017
“On starting another conversation,” Why Why Art Space,  Nanjing, China
erutuF, Why Why Art Space, Nanjing, China
Gwangju Art Fair, Gwangju Korea
10th year anniversary exhibition, Art Labor Gallery,Shanghai, China
Untitled group exhibition, Art Labor Gallery

2016
Modern Metropolis, Power Station of Art, Shanghai China
Lost Opportunities?, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China
Time Share, Brooklyn, NY
Intimate Transgressions, 4, Chiang Kai Shek Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Struggle, San Wei Art Center, Shanghai, China
Intimate Transgressions 3, Hangzhou Library, Hangzhou, China

2015
Why Why Art Inaugural exhibition, Shanghai, China
Intimate Transgressions 2, Art Space, Beijing, China
Untitled Exhibition, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China

2014
Asia Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
What if Objects Could Talk?, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China

2013
Excavating Layers, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Filter the Public, Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
Project Flow, Gramercy Gallery, New York, NY
Learning from the Literati 4, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
She Views Herself 4, Air France, Esplanade des Invalides, Paris, France

2012
Learning from the Literati 3, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
She Views Herself 1, Oddo & Cie Gallery, Paris, France
Cold Comfort, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China

2011
Refracted Realities, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
Collective Consciousness, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
The Birth of a Myth – a State of Alertness, Yongkang Lu Art,Shanghai, China
Red, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2010
Shifting Definitions, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
Centennial Celebration of Women in Art, Shanghai Fine Art Museum,Shanghai China
2nd Impressions, Art Labor 2.0, Shanghai, China
Re-visioning History, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China

2008
The New Mainstream II, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Ten, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF, CA
Bridge Art Fair New York, NY

2007
Scope Miami, Miami, Florida
Bridge Art Fair, London, Great Britain
Art Beijing, Beijing, China

2005
Scope Miami, Miami, Florida

2004
Self Portrait, IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary, Indiana

2002
Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA

2001
WaxWorks, Gwenda Jay Addington, Chicago, IL

2000
An American Palette, Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastapol, CA
The Art of the Monotype, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF,, CA

1999
Lure, San Francisco State University, Cesar Chavez Gallery, UCSF, SF, CA
Encaustic Works 1999, Watermark Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY
69th Annual Juried Exhibition, National Art League, New York, NY
Post-Postcard, Four Walls, San Francisco, CA

Select Teaching, Curation and Lectures

2018
Lecture and workshop series, Super Studio, Power Station of Art, SH, China

2017
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Lecture and workshop, Museum of Chinese in America, NYC, NY
Presentation/panelist, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators conference, Bali
Lecture and workshop series, Li Shan exhibition, Power Station of Art, SH, China

2016
Visiting Artist, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Lecture and workshop series, Shanghai Biennial, Power Station of Art, SH, China
Lecture and workshop series, Dada Spirit, Power Station of Art, SH, China

2015
Visiting Artist, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Lecture and workshop series, Power Station of Art, SH, China

2015-2017
Director, Instructor, Art Station 20 Studio Art School

2014
Summer Assistant Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute

2013-2014
Visiting Artist instructor, Shanghai Community International School, Shanghai,

2013
Lecture and workshop series, Andy Warhol, Power Station of Art, SH, China

2012
Lecture and workshop series, Electric Fields, Power Station of Art, SH, China

2011- current
Institutional Education and Outreach Collaborations: Power Station of Art,Rockbund Art Museum, Minsheng Museum, and K11 Art Mall, Shanghai, China

2011-2016
Director, Instructor, Curator Colorbox Creative Arts Center

2010
Panelist, “International Perspectives on the Legacy of American Feminist Art and Art Histories,” CAA conference, Chicago, Il
Curator, “Shanghailand: Countercurrents in the Mainstream,” Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2008-2014
Instructor, fine arts, Expat Learning Center, Shanghai

2006-2008
Art Director, iUniverse Book Press, Shanghai China

2003-2006
Lecturer, painting and drawing KCAI, Kansas City, Mo

1996-2001
Director, Nika Gallery Arts Collective, San Francisco, CA

Select Press

Monika Lin Wants a Return to…: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/monika-lin-wants-a-return-to-sensuality-wildness-and_us_599c3135e4b0521e90cfb52d

Power of the Word: https://theculturetrip.com/asia/china/articles/the-power-of-the-word-calligraphy-in-contemporary-chinese-art/

From the Bones of the Fish: http://anartteacherinchina.blogspot.com/2017/07/from-bones-of-fish-narrating-desire-and.html

Painted into a Corner: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/600868.shtml

Half the Sky: http://chinainfocus.net/half-the-sky-a-female-artist-in-china/