Stephanie H. Shih

Born 1986 in Philadelphia, PA

Based in Brooklyn, NY

Stephanie H. Shih was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Taiwanese immigrants in 1986. Known for her trompe l'oeil sculptures of Asian groceries, Shih has exhibited and lectured widely throughout the United States. Using reference and repetition, her work addresses complicated themes of individual and cultural identity. Through the lens of shared experience in cuisine and material consumption, she provokes consideration of layered concepts of self-identity and belonging within the Asian-American diaspora. At once prosaic and nostalgic, her ceramic pieces depict homemade dishes of dumplings, meat, and fish alongside familiarly packaged brands from Spam and Sriracha to Heinz and Carnation, all in porcelain and paint, faithfully rendered while unapologetically bearing evidence of the artist's hand, juxtaposing product with produce and quietly questioning the very notion of authenticity of both object and self.

Exhibitions

Open Sundays

June 29 - Aug 6, 2022

Solo

2022
My Sweetie Has No Pockmarks
Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse, NY
2021
NADA Miami
presented by Sebastian Gladstone, Miami, FL
New World Mall
Sebastian Gladstone, Los Angeles, CA
2020
Same Same
online viewing room, Perrotin Editions, New York, NY
2019
叚/家: Nostalgia for a Nonexistent Homeland
Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, Portland, OR
2017
A Strong Tide and Other Homes
Duke Riley Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Group

2022
People/Places/Things
Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, AR
At the Table
Christie's, New York, NY
The Congregation
Peter Augustus, Dallas, TX
Potluck
Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2021
House Party
curated by Karen Wong and Jillian Choi, 3.1 Phillip Lim, New York, NY
Home Cooking
curated by John Yau, LaiSun Keane, Boston, MA
In Dialogue
Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA
Phase Three: Matthew F. Fisher and Stephanie H. Shih
The Hole, East Hampton, NY
Vessel
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
In Good Taste
Dinner Gallery, New York, NY
老家 (Old Home)
Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles, CA
Nature Morte
The Hole, New York, NY
Small Favors
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2020
Full House
R & Company, Miami, FL
How to Read the World
online exhibition, Friends Indeed, San Francisco, CA
Home
Great Park Gallery, Irvine, CA
Here and Now
The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
Making in Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics
American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona, CA
The Chinatown Collection
Care of Chan, New York, NY
2019
Small Wonders
Objets Trouvé, Oklahoma City, OK
Fur Cup
Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
Room 4 Rent
Pet Friendly, Brooklyn, NY
Potluck
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
On Growing Up in a Chinatown Store
Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA
UNICA
Sey, Brooklyn, NY
2018
Asian-American Ceramacists
Wing On Wo & Co., New York, NY
Brooklyn Fortune Cookie Co.
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
On the Table
Gasworks, Brooklyn, NY
Pitcher Perfect
Gasworks, Brooklyn, NY
The Six Senses
Galeria Melissa, New York, NY
2017
Brooklyn Clay Tour
Supersmith, Brooklyn, NY
Potheads
Bklyn Clay, Brooklyn, NY
Spring Break
Bklyn Clay, Brooklyn, NY

Awards

2023
Nomination, USA Fellowship, United States Artists, Chicago, IL
2022
Finalist, permanent public art commission, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
Residency, Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
2020
Digital Ceramic Arts Grant, American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona CA

Lectures

2022
Visiting artist lecture (virtual)
Newport Senior High School, Bellevue WA
Visiting artist lecture and critiques
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2021
Visiting artist lecture (virtual)
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Visiting artist lecture and graduate critiques
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Graduate critiques (virtual)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting artist lecture
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2020
'Asia at Large,' virtual talk in conversation with Aleesa Alexander (Stanford University/Cantor Art Center) and Soleil Ho (San Francisco Chronicle)
Friends Indeed Gallery, San Francisco, CA
'Art, Activism, Community, Change,' virtual talk in conversation with Mei Lum (Wing on Wo & Co.)
American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona, CA
Visiting artist lecture
Brooklyn Collaborative School, Brooklyn, NY

Publications

2023
Clay Pop
Jeffrey Deitch and Alia Dahl, Rizzoli
Inscrutable Eating: Rhetorics of Asian Appetites and Deviant Bodies
Jennifer Lin LeMesurier, The Ohio State University Press, cover art
2022
At the Artisan's Table
Jane Schulak and David Stark, Vendome Press
Music as Mao's Weapon
Lei X. Ouyang, University of Illinois Press, cover art

Press

2021
Step into a Pantry of Ceramic Groceries
Hyperallergic, August 25, 2021
Artist Challenges Notions of Authenticity, Recreating Western Grocery Items That 'Feel' Asian
The Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2021, p. FO3
Hennessy, Heinz, Spam: Artist Stephanie Shih Honors Asian Kitchen Staples
W Magazine, August 4, 2021
16 Rising Artists of the Asian Diaspora in the United States
Artsy, May 19, 2021
For Stephanie H. Shih, There's No Such Thing as Art Without Activism
Bon Appetite, April 1, 2021
A Brooklyn Bakery and Artist Are Raffling Art to Feed the Hungry
Grub Street, March 18, 2021
Maker: Stephanie H. Shih
American Craft, Nourish: Spring 2021, p. 26
2020
What to See at Miami Art Week This Year
Cultured Magazine, November 23, 2020
Weekend Journal #62: On the Spot with Stephanie H. Shih
The Brooklyn Rail, November 15, 2020
Artist Stephanie H. Shih Happily Gave up on Minimalism
New York Magazine, October 21, 2020
17 Contemporary Artists Reimagining the Still Life
Artsy, August 7, 2020
Good Enough to Eat: Asian American Groceries as Ceramics
The Guardian, June 28, 2020, p. 6
The White Melting Pot
Hyperallergic, June 27, 2020
Ceramic Artist Stephanie H. Shih on the Meaning of Memory and Clay
Cultured Magazine, June 26, 2020
Cross-Cultural Conversations
Ceramic Review. March/April 2020, p. 21
An Ode to Manhattan's Chinatown
The New York Times, January 27, 2020
Celebrating the Best of Chinatown, Young and Old
Vogue, January 27, 2020
Food Art and Listening with Stephanie Shih
WFMU, January 6, 2020
2019
Food for Thought: On the Surprising Appeal of Inedible Art
Vogue, December 20, 2019
Good Enough to Eat: Meet the Artist Who Wants to Open a Grocery Store
The Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2019, p. F8
以亚洲食物为题材的纽约陶瓷艺术家 (New York Ceramic Artist Focuses on Asian Food)
Voice of America Mandarin, August 8, 2019, televised feature
Stephanie H. Shih's Food Ceramics Nourish Asian-American Memory
Garage Magazine, May 10, 2019
2018
Through Food Art, Asian-Americans Stop 'Pushing Heritage to the Back Burner,'
NPR, January 4, 2018
2017
Chilling Behind the Wheel in a Haven Made of Clay
The New York Times, November 30, 2017, p. D8

Public Collections

The New York Historical Society, New York, NY
Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse, NY