Beili Liu (MFA ‘03) has been named as a recipient of the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a prestigious honor supporting research in the social sciences and humanities that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society.
The program is a continuation of the mission of Carnegie Corporation of New York, as founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911, to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.
Liu is among 28 fellows selected by a distinguished panel of jurors, chaired by John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, and comprised of scholars and academic and intellectual leaders from some of the nation’s most prominent educational institutions, foundations, and scholarly societies. The criteria prioritize the originality and potential impact of a proposal, as well as a scholar’s capacity to communicate the findings to a broad audience. Each winner will receive a $200,000 stipend to support their research project.
Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates site-responsive installations and performances that address themes of migration, cultural memory, labor, and social and environmental concerns. She is the Leslie Waggener Professor in the College of Fine Arts and a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Her project, “Dreams of the High North: Between Survival and Belonging, Sculptural Exploration of Environmental Challenges Facing the Circumpolar North,” is a sculptural installation and performance series that examines environmental and geopolitical transformations of the Circumpolar North through the lens of labor, handcraft, and the lived experiences of Arctic indigenous people. Utilizing the universal language of visual art as a tool for “translation, transmission, and transformation of cultures,” the series aims to heighten awareness of the human impact on the environment and the urgency of climate change.
2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellows | Carnegie Corporation of New York