Lin Xu, B.Sc., B.V.A., M.A.


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My love of art started with...

Can’t say it’s ‘love of Art’ but I am sure I was visually sensitive since very beginning and always liked to express myself visually rather than verbally. I guess the visual sensitivity grew inside me and led me to what I am doing today.

I wanted to teach because...

To keep my mind young! I had very knowledgeable and supportive teachers and I hope I would become one of them. Teaching provides an opportunity to share my knowledge with others.

The most exciting place I think I've ever shown is...

It was a floor installation titled ‘the lightness of being’ at Sydney College of the Arts in Australia. It was the very show I’ve participated and it was a very competitive juried show.

My style of teaching can be described as...

We are different individuals so a relaxed and respectful environment is essential. I encourage my students to express themselves VISUALLY and try to ENJOY the process.

A brief Professional History...

– I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s in Engineering emphasizes on Packaging Industry Design.

– After working as a packaging engineer for two years I self-taught computer graphic design and became a Graphic Designer (promoted to Assistant Art Director in 1996) at J. Water Thompson Advertising Beijing. I have also worked as an Art Director at Vision & Value advertising company.

– I moved to Australia in 1998 seeking for further education in visual arts. In 2000 I received Bachelor’s in Visual Arts from The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts. I graduated from Washington State University with a Master’s in Fine Arts in 2003. I started teaching in 2002 and after graduation I was employed as an adjunct instructor (sabbatical replacement for ceramic area) teaching all level ceramic courses.

– I came to Brandon University in July 2004, I have been teaching in ceramic area since.

My personal achievements are...

I have received a Manitoba Art Council creation/production grants in the visual arts B grant in 2006. I have shown my work nationally and internationally including USA, Hong Kong, Spain, and China. Please describe the work your currently working on but you can be “mysterious” about it if you like. I am working toward my first solo show at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in 2008.

My aim for my students...

Don’t be afraid of outside world. Use what you’ve learned and never stop learning.

Lin Xu