Leslie Waggener Professor in the College of Fine Arts
Studio Art: Sculpture & Extended Media
Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material-and-process driven, site-responsive installations. Liu’s sculptural environments resonate with the experience of migration and cultural memory. Liu has exhibited extensively in Asia, Europe and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center (2011, 2016,) Hua Gallery, London, UK, Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas TX, and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco, among others. Liu’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Hamburg Art Week, Germany, the Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania, Asia Society Texas Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the 23rd and 25th Miniartextil international contemporary Fiber Art exhibitions in Como, Italy, among many others.
Liu’s public art commissions include the City of San Francisco and the Chinese Culture Foundation, City of Austin, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Continental Development Corporation, Taiwan, Facebook AIR, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, and Shanghai Poly Hyatt Regency, China.
Liu has been named the 2021–2022 Fulbright Arctic Chair, one of Fulbright’s Distinguished Scholars programs. Liu is a 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant recipient, and has been designated the 2018 Texas State Artist in 3D medium by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on The Arts. Liu’s work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant (Museum of Southeast Texas, 2014) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant (Women and Their Work Gallery, 2013). Liu received a Distinction award at the Kaunas Biennial Lithuania (2011), and was honored by a San Francisco Mayor’s Award (2008) for her contribution to cultural exchange. Liu has received artist residency fellowships at the Joan Mitchell Center, MASS MoCA, Facebook AIR, Fiskars AIR, Djerassi Foundation, Fundación Valparaíso, Spain, and Art Farm.
Liu’s work has been featured by Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant, San Francisco Examiner, LA Confidential, The Atlantic, Sacchi Review, UK, Helsinki Sanomat News, Finland, Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway, China Daily, Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Hamburg Abendblatt, Vita (Life) Magazine, Italy, among others.
Liu received her M.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2003, and joined the Department of Art and Art History in 2008. Liu has been awarded the Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship and the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Service Award (2020–2021). Liu is a UT Humanities Institute Fellow (2020–2022), and a University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Professor.