Leslie Waggener Professor in the College of Fine Arts
Studio Art: Sculpture & Extended Media
Beili Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2003, and joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Liu is a University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Professor (2011), a UT Humanities Institute Fellow (2020–2022), and received the 2020–2021 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Service Award.
Liu has exhibited extensively in Asia, Europe and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the 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, China, the Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas TX, and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco. Liu’s work has been included 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.
Beili 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 (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 been awarded artist residency fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Center, MASS MoCA, Facebook AIR, Fiskars AIR, Djerassi Foundation, and Fundación Valparaíso, Spain, among others.
Liu’s work has received critical reviews from publications such as Art in America, Sacchi Review, UK, Helsinki Sanomat News, Finland, Morgenbladet, Norway, China Daily, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Hamburg Abendblatt, Vita (Life) Magazine, Italy, ArtSlant, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner and LA Confidential.