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Biography

梅飞雪 Feixue Mei is a designer, illustrator, and artist from China and based in Missouri, US. Her creative practice and research have been recognized by Printed Matter's Art Book Fairs, Singapore Art Book Fair, American Illustration (AI-AP), JIA Illustration Award, International Design Awards (IDA), Graphis, 3x3 International Illustration Awards, Indigo Design Awards, Popular Culture Association, Transformative Works and Cultures among others. She and her work have been featured on Creative Boom, Aesthetica, Art & Education, and other press. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration, Palazzo Bembo in Italy, and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore. She holds an MFA in Design with a concentration in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, a BFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University, and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Central China Normal University. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts). Currently, she is Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Northwest Missouri State University.

Artist Statement

I create conceptual, iconic imagery, and rich narrative details. My work explores publications, illustrations, sequential arts, videos, installations, and performances. Internet culture, animation, comics, Surrealism, and Chinese folk decorative art are among the influences that shaped my intricate style. Cultures and visuals migrate and go across geographical boundaries through the internet and social media. Fluid identity, foreignness, mistranslation, displacement, and the struggle to find one’s own community are important parts of my practice. By using adaptation, appropriation, and reproduction, I free symbols and visuals from their original contexts and put them into new narratives. I make the familiar become unfamiliar and open to various interpretations and meanings. With a strong desire to communicate, I believe in Maximalism - the philosophy of “more is more.” Information is overloaded on the internet, and we have many identities online and offline. Those identities and labels interact, struggle and fight with others and finally tell who we are.

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Awards and Honors

2023

  • Graphis Poster Annual 2023, Silver Award, New York, NY

2022

  • 3x3 International Illustration Awards, Merit, New York, NY
  • iJungle Illustration Awards, Winner, Europe
  • Collectors Choice 2022, Third Place, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
  • Communication Arts Illustration Competition, Shortlist, Menlo Park, CA

2021

  • International Design Award (IDA), Honorable Mention, Los Angeles, CA
  • JIA Illustration Award, Bronze Award, Japan Illustrator’s Association, Japan
  • American Illustration, AI40, Chosen Winner, New York, NY
  • Indigo Design Awards, Bronze Award, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Creative Quarterly 63, Runner-up, Illustration Professional, New York, NY
  • Graphis New Talent Annual, Gold Award, Silver Award, Honorable Mention, New York, NY

2020

  • International Design Award (IDA), Honorable Mention, Los Angeles, CA

2019

  • Staff Pick Award, Amendment Film Festival, Richmond, VA

Selected Exhibitions

2022

  • Group Exhibition, “I Am…” Asian American Visual & Performing Arts Residency presented by The National Association of Asian American Professionals - Kansas City, The ArtsKC gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • Group Video Screening, ALC Video Art Festival, MACA Museum of Contemporary Art Alicante and Pozos de Garrigós, Alicante, Spain
  • Group Exhibition, Wild Ideas & Radical Actions, The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art, New York, NY
  • Group Video Screening, Venice Experimental Video and Performing Art Festival, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
  • Group Exhibition, Dialogue Reconstructed 2022, The Hutchinson Art Center, St. Hutchinson, KS
  • Group Exhibition, painters TUBES gallery Exhibition 12, Sweden

2021

  • Group Exhibition, Faculty Show (Fall 2021), Olive Deluce Art Gallery, Maryville, MO
  • Group Video Screening, Burnt Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
  • Video Screening, Acid Rain Project, Attic 506, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Group Exhibition, Work Sold, Out of Order Virtual Auction & Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
  • Group Video Screening, The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art Biennial, New York, NY
  • Group Exhibition, While We Wait, Vacant Museum, Online
  • Group Exhibition, Nostalgia Exhibition, The Holy Art, London, UK
  • Exhibitor, Singapore Art Book Fair, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
  • Exhibitor, Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair, Online
  • Group Exhibition, Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration (The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau/ The State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia/ Post Art Library and Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin/ Hannibal Arts Council in Hannibal/ The Albrecht-Kemper Museum in Saint Joseph)
  • Group Exhibition, Faculty Show (Spring 2021), Olive Deluce Art Gallery, Maryville, MO
  • Video Screening, 19 Online Performance Art Festival, New York, NY

2020

  • Exhibitor, LA Art Book Fair, Printed Matter, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Exhibitor, COW 2020 Illustration Biennale Selected List, COW International Design Festival, Dnipro City Central Library, Dnipro, Ukraine
  • Group Video Screening, World Studio, The School of Industrial and Graphic Design, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Group Video Screening, Video Open Call at the Anderson, The Anderson, Richmond, VA

2019

  • Group Exhibition, Simple Livin’, Pump House, Richmond, VA
  • Group Video Screening, Video Snack 7, Grace Street Theatre, Richmond, VA
  • Group Video Screening, CASPFEST: ART+FILM+MUSIC - National Juried Exhibition, Lubbock, TX
  • Group Exhibition, In Pursuit: A Virginia College & University Student Art Exhibition, D’Art Center Norfolk, VA
  • Group Exhibition, Collectors Choice 2019, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
  • Group Exhibition, Missed Connections, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • Group Exhibition, VCU MFA Candidacy Exhibition, Batter 5, Cherry Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • Group Exhibition, We: Chat, The Anderson, Richmond, VA

2018

  • Group Exhibition, Playing in the Dark, The Anderson, VCU, Richmond, VA

2017

  • Group Exhibition, Scholarship Competition, Hatton Gallery, Fort Collins, CO
  • Solo Exhibition, What is the Truth?, Department of Art and Art History, Fort Collins, CO

Writings and Conferences

2022

2021

2020

  • “Plastic Existence”, Sonder Midwest, Spring Issue
  • Selected (Due to Covid, the conference was cancelled), “Consumer, Producer and Prosumer: A Space of Otherness for Pop Culture Prosumption in China, Eat/ Play/ Tweet conference, Popular Culture Research Center, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

2019

Services to Community

2022

  • Mentor, AIGA NY Mentorship Program, New York, NY
  • Judge, CYA Writers and Illustrators Conference Competition, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2021-Present

  • Juror, Regional Congressional Art Contest, Kansas City, MO

2020

  • Peer Reviewer, Transformative Works and Cultures, Organization for Transformative Works
  • Reviewer, The One Club’s Online Portfolio Reviews, The One Club for Creativity, New York, NY

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