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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 Madrid, Vermont, Jingdezhen, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts at New York University Shanghai.

 

Education

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

Residencies

2022
Public Art Grant, Public Art Grant, China Academy of Art and the Hangzhou Park, Commission installed in Qiandaohu, China
Guanlan Printmaking Center, Shenzhen, China
San Bao Residency, Jingdezhen, China

2021
Social Sensibility, Beijing, China
Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

2020
Chengdu City Art Residency and Sculpture Grant, Chengdu, China

2019
Global Research Initiative Fellowship, NYU Madrid

2017
MFA Thesis Award Winner, School of Visual Art, New York, NY
Public Art Grant, China Academy of Art and the City Art Council of Nanjing, installed in Nanjing, China

2014
Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

2012
Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2000
Kerala Art, Kerala, India

Teaching

2020-        Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts
2019-         Area Head of Arts
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 Outreach consultant, lecturer and workshop instructor, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
2002-05    Lecturer, painting, drawing, and book arts KCAI, Kansas City, Mo

Select Lectures and Workshops

2021
Talk and Workshop, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China
Peninsula Art Museum, Weihai, China
Pottery Workshop Education Center, Jindezhen, China

2020
Artist Talk, Royal Asiatic Society, Shanghai
Ted X NYU
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

2019
Artist Talk, MediaLab, Madrid
Artist Talk, Zhao Jiu, CCTV
Artist Talk, M-Talks, M on the Bund
Artist Talk, Shanghai Literary Festival

2018
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

2017
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

2016
Artist Talk, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China

2015
Artist Talk, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China

2013-14
Visiting Artist, Shanghai Community International School, Shanghai

2010
Artist Talk, Shanghai Literary Festival

Long-Term Projects

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
(https://www.seaweedsaladeditions.com)

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

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

2022
Color of Light 2, Public Sculpture, Qiandaohu, China

2021
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

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

2019
CCIEU group exhibition, Budapest, Hungary
CCIEU group exhibition, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Growth, Art Labor Gallery, China
Color of Light, Public Sculpture, Nanjing, China
International Art Exhibition, Changsha, China

2017
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

2016
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

2015
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

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
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

Other Related Experience

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

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

2006-08
Art Director, iUniverse Book Press, Shanghai China

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

Select Press

Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
https://www.extractionart.org/news/2021/3/8/featured-artist-monika-lin

Ponds Among Ponds: an exhibition of threshold behavior & nested life.
http://annasophiespringer.net/projects/#1

Featured artist, Su Hui’s Picture of the Turning Sphere, Jen Bervin.
https://vimeo.com/449827993

Artforum review, Growth. Todd Meyers. https://www.artforum.com/picks/growth-76615

The Art of Plastic,
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/23/WS5c47f679a3106c65c34e60c8.html

“So steht es um die Kunstfreiheit in China” Lena Held.
https://www.br.de/nachrichten/kultur/kunstfreiheit-in-china-zhao-chuan-grass-stage,RjnRqnr?fbclid=IwAR1lYubHzKDoDR1Do0-ucYAETD8beacfx8HtIqog6ynyjw4Q-h2V-hhpskM

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: https://plus.google.com/118144688654222487697

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

Painted into a corner, Nick Muzyczka. https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/600868.shtml

Small Offerings: https://www.sfweekly.com/calendar/lin-da-linda-pretty/

Small Offerings. Review by DeWitt Cheng. https://www.artbusiness.com/1open/firstth0609.html

Chinese New Art, Michael Nau. https://www.chinesenewart.com/chinese-artists16/monikalin.htm

Landmines in the garden of the Literati, Luise Guest. http://anartteacherinchina.blogspot.com/2013/05/landmines-in-gardens-of-literati.html

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

Writing a Way Home, Annie Zhang. https://honisoit.com/2018/05/writing-a-way-home/

World of Creativity, Frederik Hare

Troost Colors, Ben Paynter. https://www.thepitchkc.com/tag/monika-lin/