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Mimi Bai was born in Xi’an, China and is currently 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.

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.

Contact: info@mimibiyaobai.com


Education:

• 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)

Awards/Residencies:

• Artist-in-Residence: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, (Fall 2018)
• 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: Women's Leadership Endowment, Alfred University: for digital fabrication research (2017)
• Research Award: Women's Leadership Endowment, 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)

Exhibitions:

BYOB: Space 538, Portland, ME (2018)
Public Event: Artists Space, New York, NY (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)
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:

• 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)

Publications:

•“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