San Jose, California USA
Qiuwen Li is an assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University in CA, U.S. She also is the co-founder of emotionlab, a progressive research lab to create positive emotional experiences for people through innovative design approaches to human problems. Born in China, Qiuwen received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from St. Cloud State University and received her MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As a Chinese woman living in the U.S., Qiuwen is in an in-between position, which also brings a distinctive perspective for her thinking, being and making. In Qiuwen’s designs, graphic elements (shapes, color, pattern, type) are constructed, deconstructed and then reconstructed in order to create a richer experience and extend their meaning. Qiuwen Li’s design has been exhibited at the Tree Art Museum (Beijing, China), CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-do, Korea), MCSU Art Gallery of the Faculty of Art (Lublin, Poland), Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery (SC, USA), Conkling Gallery (MN, USA), Salmon Gallery (AL, USA), Paramount Center for the Arts (MN, USA) and Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center (SD, USA). Qiuwen has been recognized with several awards during her career including Winner of Design and Design International Award (Paris, France), Winner of Creative Quarterly in both Fine Art and Graphic Design Category (New York, USA), 1st prize in LAG Festival Poster Competition (Katowice, Poland).