Mimi Bai was born in Xi’an, China and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Alfred University (MFA, Sculpture) and Wesleyan University (BA, Sociology). Bai is currently participating in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2017 – 2018).

Bai’s practice builds connections between people, space, material, and theory. Her work is concerned with relationships and their dialectical connection to the conditions in which they exist. Bai seeks to understand how capitalism, racism, and sexism structure our encounters at the individual level, and how interpersonal relationships can resist logics of oppression. Her work serves as a means of exploring and experimenting with alternative models of social relations.

Bai’s work encompasses an individual practice focused on objects and a collaborative practice that takes the form of installations and sets.


• Studio Program, Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY (2017 – 2018)
• MFA Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, Alfred University, Alfred, NY (2017)
• BA Sociology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2009)


• Artist Studios Program Residency: Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (2017 – 2018)
• Digital Fabrication Residency: Digital Fabrication Residency, Easton, MD (2017)
• Research Award: Judson Leadership Center, Alfred University: for digital fabrication research (2017)
• Research Award: Judson Leadership Center, Alfred University: for stone carving in Peru (2016)
• Woodworking Scholarship: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME (2014)
• Production Design Award (SO YOU’VE GROWN ATTACHED): First Run Film Festival, New York, NY (2014)
• Printmaking Scholarship: Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY (2012)


• Whitney Independent Study Program Studio Exhibition: Artists Space, New York, NY (upcoming June 2018)
• A chair that…: Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY (2017)
• shake the stars with your song (installation and collaborative performance): Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2016)
• Mimi Bai: Insignificant Expansions (solo show): Bija, Brooklyn, NY (2015)

Selected Design Credits:

• Scenic Designer: VILLAGE OF THE VALE (theater), Dir. Joe Varca | Lincoln Center Education (2017)
• Set Designer: MOMA PS 1’S WARM UP (stage set), July 9 and 16, 2016
• Production Designer: RADHE RADHE, (film), Dir. Prashant Bhargava | Kushi Films
• Production Designer: OLIVER HELDENS X BECKEY HILL -GECKO (OVERDRIVE) (music video), Dir. Kidshow | Warner Brothers
• Production Designer: SO YOU’VE GROWN ATTACHED (film), Dir. Kate Tsang (Next Wave Film Festival: Best Production Design)
• Art Department Assistant: NINJA TURTLES (feature film), Dir. Jonathan Liebesman | Paramount Pictures


• Teaching Artist: MADMakes Workshop: Moldmaking, Museum of Arts and Design (January 2018)
• Teaching Assistant: Foundations, Alfred University (Spring 2017, Fall 2015)
• Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Sculpture, Alfred University (Fall 2016)
• Teaching Assistant: Glass Casting, Alfred University (Spring 2016)
• Instructor: Spoken English, Xijing University, Xi’an, China (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)


• Layers and Untitled (fire), images accompanying “Old School,” Evergreen Review, March 2018
“A Stone to Ground Me,” drawings and interview, Silvia Westphalen: Stone Ages, June 2017
Sad Asian Girls Club, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2016