Photo: Colin Conces

Photo: Colin Conces

Mimi Bai was born in Xi’an, China and is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work encompasses an individual practice focused on objects, text, and drawing and a collaborative practice that takes the form of installations and sets. Bai examines interpersonal relationships and how they reproduce or complicate larger ideological, cultural, and political values. Her current work uses camouflage as a metaphor for cultural assimilation and explores cultural assimilation as a form of labor.

She participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2017-2018) and is a graduate of Alfred University (MFA, Sculpture) and Wesleyan University (BA, Sociology).

Bai also works as a designer for films, commercials, and theater.



• 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)


• Santa Fe Art Institute: Labor Residency, Santa Fe, NM (2020)
• BRICworkspace, Brooklyn, NY (2019)
• Sculpture Space, Utica, NY (2019)
• Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (2018)
• Museum of Arts and Design Artist Studios Program, New York, NY (2017 – 2018)
• Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship Nominee (2017)
• Women's Leadership Endowment Research Award, Alfred University: for digital fabrication research (2017)
• Digital Fabrication Residency, Easton, MD (2017)
• Women's Leadership Endowment Research Award, Alfred University: for stone carving in Peru (2016)
• Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Woodworking Scholarship, Rockport, ME (2014)
• Production Design Award (SO YOU’VE GROWN ATTACHED): First Run Film Festival, New York, NY (2014)
• Manhattan Graphics Center Printmaking Scholarship, New York, NY (2012)


TBA, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2020)
Public Event, Artists Space, New York, NY (2018)
BYOB, Space 538, Portland, ME (2018)
A chair that…, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY (2017)
shake the stars with your song (installation), in collaboration with Sonia Louise Davis and Tamara Renee, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2016)
Can’t Sit Here, First year MFA Exhibition, Hornell, NY (2016)
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)


•“Improvisation,” text featured in becoming together freedom school, project and publication by Sonia Louise Davis, June 2018
• 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