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.


American Gothic

Sept 16 - Oct 14, 2023

Open Sundays

June 29 - Aug 6, 2022


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


Alexander Berggruen, New York, NY
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
What Has Been and What Could Be
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Taipei Dangdai
presented by The Hole, Taipei, Taiwan
Harper’s, Los Angeles, CA
Public Collection
Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach, FL
Art Basel
presented by Berggruen Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, AR
At the Table
Christie's, New York, NY
The Congregation
Peter Augustus, Dallas, TX
Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
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
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
Full House
R & Company, Miami, FL
How to Read the World
online exhibition, Friends Indeed, San Francisco, CA
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
Small Wonders
Objets Trouvé, Oklahoma City, OK
Fur Cup
Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
Room 4 Rent
Pet Friendly, Brooklyn, NY
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
On Growing Up in a Chinatown Store
Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA
Sey, Brooklyn, NY
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
Brooklyn Clay Tour
Supersmith, Brooklyn, NY
Bklyn Clay, Brooklyn, NY
Spring Break
Bklyn Clay, Brooklyn, NY


Arts/Industry Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Art + Design Residency, Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY
Finalist, UOVO Prize, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Nomination, USA Fellowship, United States Artists, Chicago, IL
Residency, Silver Art Projects, New York, NY
Finalist, permanent public art commission, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
Residency, Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
Digital Ceramic Arts Grant, American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona CA


Clay Pop panelist
Rizzoli, New York, NY
Scattered Rice: Food, Plants, and Art in the Asian Diaspora, with Lily C. Wong and Melissa Yuen
Syracuse University Art Museum, NY
Critiques and workshop
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Artist talk
Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, AR
In conversation with Melissa Yuen
Syracuse University Art Museum, NY
Artist talk
Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
Visiting artist lecture (virtual)
Newport Senior High School, Bellevue WA
Visiting artist lecture and critiques
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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
'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


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
At the Artisan's Table
Jane Schulak and David Stark, Vendome Press
At the Table
Civil Art, introduction by Ho Jae Kim and Sarah Han, Crosstown Press, cover art
Music as Mao's Weapon
Lei X. Ouyang, University of Illinois Press, cover art


Stephanie H. Shih’s ceramics imbue simple objects with meaning, beauty
San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, pp. B9, B14
Sculpture of Culture: 真情假不了
Paper Fashion, Mar/Apr 2023, pp. 24–33
Stephanie H. Shih's Realistic Ceramic Groceries Reflect on Asian Migration & Diasporic Nostalgia
Designboom, January 13, 2023
The Fascinating Connection Between New York City’s Jewish and Chinese Immigrants
Saveur July 21, 2022
Stephanie H. Shih Constructs Realistic Sculptures Inspired by the Asian American Kitchen
It’s Nice That, May 30, 2022
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
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
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
Through Food Art, Asian-Americans Stop 'Pushing Heritage to the Back Burner,'
NPR, January 4, 2018
Chilling Behind the Wheel in a Haven Made of Clay
The New York Times, November 30, 2017, p. D8

Public Collections

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach, FL
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
The New York Historical Society, New York, NY
Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse, NY