Guanyu Xu

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Sea (Lake Michigan) Archival Pigment Print
Bon Voyage Lightbox
Road Trip Archival Pigment Print
Open Archival Pigment Print
Display Window Framed Photograph And Led Light
A Good Asian Boy Archival Pigment Print
Effacing Archival Pigment Print
Desire Archival Pigment Print
The Ideal Body Archival Pigment Print
Statues Archival Pigment Print
Snow Ground and Forest Archival Pigment Print
Snow Day Archival Pigment Print
Death in a Bathtub Archival Pigment Print
Blind Massage Archival Pigment Print
Touch Archival Pigment Print
The After Shower Archival Pigment Print
The Sun Is Bright And Warm Archival Pigment Print
Illumination Archival Pigment Print
Holding Archival Pigment Print
Arm Wrestling Archival Pigment Print
Positioning Archival Pigment Print
Spectre Lightbox
Supporting Character, 2016 Archival Pigment Print
Representation Archival Pigment Print
An Installation of One Land To Another
Constructing Utopias #1:Flatland
Constructing Utopias #2: Spatial Collage
Constructing Utopias #3: Facade
Constructing Utopias #4: Floating, Hollow, Rotating
Detail of Constructing Utopias #4
Constructing Utopias #5: Landscape of Beats
Constructing Utopias #5: Landscape of Beats
Quick Facts
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016, BFA
Bio and CV

徐冠宇 Guanyu Xu (b.1993 Beijing) is an artist who received BFA degree in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently based in Chicago. He was the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, the finalist of Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. 

His works have been exhibited internationally including the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins; New York Photo Festival, New York; The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana; Embassy Tea Gallery, London, and others. His works have been featured in numerous publications including MUSÉE, Aint-Bad Magazine, Der Greif, and China Photographic Publishing House.



2014-2016       Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2016                Ox-Bow School of Art

2011-2013       Beijing Film Academy


Award / Fellowship / Residency

2016        International Photography Award 2016, Honorable Mention

               Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship Finalist

               LENSCRATCH Student Prize, Third Place

               AI-AP American Photography 32, Chosen Winner

2015        Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship Finalist

               Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship

               ArtSlant 2015 6th Showcase Juried Winner

               New York Times Juried Portfolio Review

2014        School of the Art Institute of Chicago Distinguished Scholar Scholarship

2013        Beijing Film Academy Excellence Scholarship

               Beijing Film Academy Walking and Discovering Travel Grant



2016        (upcoming) Center Forward 2016, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA

               (upcoming) Society for Photographic Education Combined Caucuses Exhibition, Living Arts of Tulsa, Tulsa, USA

               (upcoming) 2016 Landskrona Foto Festival, Helsingborg, Sweden

               (upcoming) Benefit Art Auction Exhibition, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, USA

               (upcoming) 2016 SPE Midwest Multi-Caucus Exhibition, Saint Louis University McNamee Gallery, St. Louis, USA

               (upcoming) I, Be, Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, USA

               34th Juried Membership Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA

               Photography Is Magic, Aperture Foundation, New York City, USA

               22nd Juried Show, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, USA   

               To Gather Is To Engender New Potentialities, gallery no one, Chicago, USA

    Der Greif A Process 2.0, Krakow Photomonth 2016, Krakow, Poland

               Face Value, UIC Maker Space, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, USA

               The 2016 Visual Arts Exhibition, The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA

               Hello Strangers, Airbnb Apartment, Chicago, USA

               SAIC BFA Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA

               SPE Combined Caucus Juried Slideshow Exhibition, 2016 National SPE Conference, Las Vegas, USA

               Portrait Salon 15, Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan

2015        Illuminate, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, US [Juror's and Director's Honorable Mention]

               Telegraphic Fields and Live Transmissions, LeRoy Neiman Center, Chicago, USA

               Portrait Salon Exhibition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, UK    

               The Last Picture Show,

                             New York Photo Festival, Powerhouse Arena, New York, USA

                             Seoul International Photo Festival, DDP International Conference Hall, Seoul, South Korea

               The Human Body, Life Framer, Online

               New Work, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA

2014        Sans Visage: The Anti-portrait, Oranbeg Press, Online

               Unsettled Rituals, Gallery X, Chicago, USA

               Body, Ph21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary [with Juror's Honorable Mention]

               You Should Not Be Here, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, USA

               Mirror, Mirror,  Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, USA

               Me, Adult Contemporary, Chicago, USA

               Diverse Expressions , HumanThread Gallery, Chicago, USA

2013        Mirror & Window, Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, USA

               Walking and Discovering, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China


Publication / Press

2016       MUSÉE, Issue 16 Chaos, Printed

              “TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (7/28-8/3)”,  BAD AT SPORTS contemporary art talk,, July 28, 2016, Online

              “2016 Aperture Summer Open: Photography is Magic”, Musée, July 15 2016, Online

              “Lenscratch Student Prize, Third Place: Guanyu Xu”, Lenscratch, July 13 2016, Online

              “Q&A with June Photographer, Guanyu Xu”, LDOC, June 20 2016,  Online

              Der Greif, Issue 9, Printed

              LDOC, Issue 9, Printed

              SAIC Photography Department 2016 Catalogue, Printed

              AI-AP American Photography 32, Online

              4th International Combined Caucus Exhibition Catalogue, Society for Photographic Education, Printed

              “One Land To Another”, NEW DIRECTIONS, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Online

              SAIC Untitled Magazine, Fall 2015, Printed

              Fotofilmic, Feb 24 2016, Online

              Incandescent Issue 9, Printed

              The Fifth World Biennial of Student Photography Catalogue, Online

              Aint-Bad Magazine, Jan 23 2016, Online

              Then there was us, Jan 8 2016, Online

              Photogrist, Jan 9 2016, Online

2015       “Mirror & Window”, China Photographic Publishing House, Printed

              Elizabeth Avedon, “ ‘Illuminate’ with Juror Elizabeth Avedon”, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Dec 8 2015, Online

              Portrait Salon 2015 Catalogue, Printed

              Elizabeth Avedon,“Filter Photo Festival 2015 Portfolio Review Round-up/ Xu Guanyu”, Nov 11 2015,  Online

              Splash & Grab Magazine, ”Weekly Selection”, Nov 19 2015,  Online

              “Self-ie”, Aint-Bad Magazine, Vol. 3 No. 2, Printed

              ”What It Means To Be Asian and Gay in the Western World”, Fotografia Magazine, Oct 29 2015, Online

              “Send”, Latent Image, Oct 23 2015, Online

              BAD AT SPORTS contemporary art talk, “10 Shows To See Friday After Expo”, Sept 17 2015, Online

              E+D Magazine, Fall 2015, Printed

2014       ArtAscent, August 2014: Hidden, Printed

              The DarkRoom Gallery, Mirror,Mirror Exhibition Catalogue, Printed

              Ph21 Gallery, Body Exhibition Catalogue, Printed



Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection


Curatorial Project

2016       To Gather Is To Engender New Potentialities, gallery no one, Chicago, USA

               Landscape, Latitude, Chicago, USA



2016       Production Assistant, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, USA

              Curator, Latitude Seasonal Print Exhibition, Latitude, Chicago, USA

              Lab Assistant, Latitude, Chicago, USA

2015       Filter Photo Festival Portfolio Review, Chicago, USA

              New York Times Juried Portfolio Review, New York City, USA

              Gallery Assistant, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, USA

              Lab Assistant, Latitude, Chicago, USA

              Internship of Visual Editor, GQ China - Conde Nast, Beijing, China

2013       Internship of China Photo Service, Beijing, China


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