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, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and an MA in Interactive Media Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. 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 splits time between Shanghai and Philadelphia. She has attended residencies in Madrid, Vermont, Jingdezhen, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  She is currently an Associate Arts Professor of Visual Arts at New York University Shanghai.



2021          MA, Interactive Media Arts, NYU, NY
2017          MFA, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
1997          BFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1986-89    College of Creative Studies, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


Public Art Grant, China Academy of Art and the Hangzhou Park, Public Art Sculpture installed in Qiandaohu, China

Guanlan Printmaking Center, Shenzhen, China

Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

Chengdu City Art Residency and Sculpture Grant, Chengdu, China

Global Research Initiative Fellowship, NYU Madrid

Public Art Grant, China Academy of Art and the City Art Council of Nanjing, installed in Nanjing, China

Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA



2023-       Associate Arts Professor of Visual Arts, NYU Shanghai, NYU Shanghai

2020-23    Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts, NYU Shanghai, NYU Shanghai
2019-        Area Head of Arts, NYU Shanghai, NYU Shanghai
2017-20    Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts, NYU Shanghai, NYU Shanghai
2015-17    Owner, Director, Instructor, Art Station 20 Studio Art School/Colorbox Creative Arts Center
2008-14    Instructor, Fine Arts, Expat Learning Center, Shanghai
2014         Summer Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute
2013-        Educational Lecturer and Workshop Instructor, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
2002-05    Lecturer, painting, drawing, and book arts KCAI, Kansas City, Mo

Long-Term Projects

2023- “Pollinator,” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2021-“Names” and “Story Quilt,” Yangling Dementia Center, Shanghai, China
Untitled project, Social Sensibility, Bernard Controls, Beijing, China
The Psychogeography of Space
Mapping the City, Community-based (Shanghai and Beijing)

2019-       ReMaker Space, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai China
2018-       Zaanheh Project, member and website designer, NYU Shanghai
2018-       “Locating the Self,” community-based (greater Shanghai)
2015-       “Identity and Place,” community-based (greater Shanghai)
2006-       Seaweed Salad Editions, artist, director, publisher

Publication list:
2020: “Ghosts, City, Sea,” Wang Yin
2017, “Weeds,” Lu Xun
“The China Eastern Railway,” Han Bo
2015, “Expat Taxes,” David Perry
2012, “The Picky Eater’s Cookbook,” Illustrator
2011, “Sasha the Stubborn Sleeper,” Illustrator
2010, “Small Offerings,” Monika Lin, David Perry, Sawako Nakayasu
“Child Palace” Monika Lin, David Perry, Nina Mehta-Young
“Mika the Picky Eater,” Illustrator

Select Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

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

Tenthousand, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Medusa, Art Labor Space, Shanghai China

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

Double Happiness, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF, CA

Red Shoes, Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA

Untitled Exhibition, Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

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

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

Blue Lotus, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SFan Francisco CA

Untitled Exhibition, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, SF CA

Select Group Exhibitions

Firefly, Qiandaohu, China

No-Mad – Rooted in Becoming, Konzepthauslaboratorium, Thun, Switzerland

Color of Light 2, Public Sculpture, Qiandaohu, China

Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Soft City 2.0, Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Qongqing, China
Ponds Among Ponds, ICA Gallery, NYU Shanghai, China
Monochrome Abstraction, Ruili Taidu Center, Taizhou, China
Antonyms, Goethe Center, Shanghai, China

Chengdu Sculpture Park Installation (August, 2020)
International Exhibition, Songyang 789 Art Center, Songyang, China

CCIEU group exhibition, Budapest, Hungary
CCIEU group exhibition, Brussels, Belgium

Growth, Art Labor Gallery, China
Color of Light, Public Sculpture, Nanjing, China
International Art Exhibition, Changsha, China

To Be Like Water?, Why Why Art Center, Hangzhou, China
“On starting another conversation,” Why Why Art Space, Nanjing, China
erutuF, Why Why Art Space, Nanjing, China
10th year anniversary exhibition, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China
Time Share, Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
Untitled group exhibition, Art Labor Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scope Miami, Miami, Florida

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

Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA

WaxWorks, Gwenda Jay Addington, Chicago, IL

An American Palette, Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastapol, CA
The Art of the Monotype, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, 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
Lure, San Francisco State University, Cesar Chavez Gallery, UCSF, SF, CA

Select Lectures and Workshops

Talk and Workshop, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China
Peninsula Art Museum, Weihai, China
Pottery Workshop Education Center, Jindezhen, China

Artist Talk, Royal Asiatic Society, Shanghai
Artist Talk, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Artist Talk, Kansas City Art Institute, KC, MO
Artist Talk, Out of Black, Singapore
Artist Talk, US Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai

Artist Talk, MediaLab, Madrid
Artist Talk, Zhao Jiu, CCTV
Artist Talk, M-Talks, M on the Bund
Artist Talk, Shanghai Literary Festival

Lecture and Workshop Series, PSA, China
Artist Talk, Social Art Practice in China, School of Visual Arts, NYC
Artist Talk, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, Bali

Artist Talk and Workshop, Museum of Chinese in America, NY, NY
Artist Talk and Workshop, Manhattan Chinatown Community Center, NY, NY
Workshop, Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

Artist Talk, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Artist Talk, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Visiting Artist, Shanghai Community International School, Shanghai

Artist Talk, Shanghai Literary Festival


Other Related Experience

Institutional Collaborations: Power Station of Art, Rockbund Art Museum,
Minsheng Museum, and K11 Art Mall, Shanghai, China

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

Art Director, iUniverse Book Press, Shanghai China

Director, Nika Gallery Arts Collective, San Francisco, CA

Select Press

Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

Ponds Among Ponds: an exhibition of threshold behavior & nested life.

Featured artist, Su Hui’s Picture of the Turning Sphere, Jen Bervin.

Artforum review, Growth. Todd Meyers.

The Art of Plastic,

“So steht es um die Kunstfreiheit in China” Lena Held.,RjnRqnr?fbclid=IwAR1lYubHzKDoDR1Do0-ucYAETD8beacfx8HtIqog6ynyjw4Q-h2V-hhpskM

Monika Lin Wants a Return to… return-to-sensuality-wildness-and_us_599c3135e4b0521e90cfb52d 

Power of the Word: calligraphy-in-contemporary-chinese-art/ 

From the Bones of the Fish:

Painted into a Corner: 

Painted into a corner, Nick Muzyczka.

Small Offerings:

Small Offerings. Review by DeWitt Cheng.

Chinese New Art, Michael Nau.

Landmines in the garden of the Literati, Luise Guest.

Half the Sky: 

Writing a Way Home, Annie Zhang.

World of Creativity, Frederik Hare

Troost Colors, Ben Paynter.