Bio

With a psychology background, Hsiao-Chu (Julia) Hsia is a freelance artist now working in the New York City area after receiving her Master’s degree in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. In the practical part, she focuses on performance art and painting, investigates mental health and relational art topics academically. Her vision is to keep developing the interdisciplinary of the two fields, psychological art, in order to utilize psychology knowledge on a broader scale in art.

Julia sees her art as a medium that has the ability to raise awareness of issues and voices that did not be seen and heard. She tends to utilize interactions in her performances in order to invite audiences to not only view as an audience but also join the conversation as a participant, together, sharing thoughts comfortably and talking about social issues safely.

Being involved in communities allows Julia to learn from others and see social issues deeply in different aspects. She identifies herself as a part of the BIPOC group, a part of “pre-” immigrants, and she supports, advocates for her community through her artworks. This is the way she stays in solidarity with them.

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EDUCATION

2020 MFA in Community Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA,) Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. 

2017 BS in Clinical Psychology, Fu-Jen Catholic University (FJCU,) New Taipei City, Taiwan.

WORKING EXPERIENCE

2021- Artist Assistant, Professional artist, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

2021- Curatorial Assistant, Milk and Night, New York City, New York, U.S.

2020 Artist in Residence, ARTS By the People, Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.

2019-2020 Graduate Program Assistant, MICA, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2019-2020 Teaching Fellow, Keswick Multi-care Center, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2018-2019 Community Artist, The Chinatown Collective, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2017 Website UI/ UX Designer, MyProGuide, Taipei, Taiwan.

EXHIBITION/ PERFORMANCE

2021 Centrifugal Revolving

CultureLab LIC, Queens, New York, U.S.

Asia North 2021 Exhibition

Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Collective Health

Collar Works, Troy, New York, U.S.

2020 16 Online Performance Art Festival

Virtual Event, Online Performance Art

2020 JUSTICE Online Juried Competition and Exhibition

Online, The Art Guild, Manhasset, New York, U.S.

Through the Window Juried Show

Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.

The Distance to the Truth, MFA in Community Arts Thesis Talk

Zoom (Virtual Event), Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

The Search of Johnny Redacted, Online Interactive Show

Youtube (Virtual Event), Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

MFACA Cohort Show

Hurwitz Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2019 Every Calorie Counts, INCLUDE ME!: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AICAD Symposium, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Solo Exhibition, -HOMETOWN- Beyond Pacific Ocean

Charm City Night Market, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Inter//Action: Artists Respond to the Natural World

Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

MAT & MFACA First-year Show

Hurwitz Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

So Fa r From Home

The Crown, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

National Association for Schools of Art and Design Group Exhibition

Leidy Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2017 Fu-Jen Catholic University Clinical Psychology (FJCU CPSY) Graduate Exhibition

44 South Village, Taipei, Taiwan

GRANT/ AWARD

2020 Hornorable Mention, Through the Window Juried Show

Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.

2019 Libby Bowerman Fellowship

Keswick Multi-care Center & Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Community Engagement Grant (Project HOMETOWN -Beyond Pacific Ocean-)

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Collaborative Community Artist, Grit Fund

Charm City Night Market, The Chinatown Collective, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2018 MICA Community Arts Scholarship

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

2016 College Student Research Scholarship

Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan