Soo Shin

(b.1981, Seoul, Korea) 

currently lives in Chicago, IL



2011 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

2007 MFA, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of

2004 BFA, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of


Residencies/ Awards

2018   Artist in Residence, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2017   The Studios_artist studio program, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA 

2016   Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2015   Artist in Residence, ArtFarm, Marquette, NE

           Summer Arts Faculty Residency Award, Ox-bow Artist in Residence, Saugatuck, MI

           Breakout Artists 2015: Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers, Newcity

2014   Vilcek Foundation Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Artists Residency, Peterborough, NH

2012   Honorarium, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapid, MI

2011   Honorarium, Chicago Union League Foundation of Civic and Arts, Chicago, IL                                  

           World Less Travel Grant: research/outdoor studio in Detroit, MI, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago            

           Finalist: Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation prize for emerging artistThe School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2009   Visual Artists Competition 3rd Place award, Chicago Union League Foundation of Civic and Arts, Chicago, IL


Solo/ Two Person Exhibitions

2020 (forthcoming) Solo exhibition, Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019 A Collection of Tears 2012-Present (Solo), Bar 4000, Chicago, IL

2017   The Finger Is Also Pressed By The Stone (Two person), Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

           Semblance (Two person), LVL 3, Chicago, IL

           Awake, yet Asleep (Two person), Seerveld Gallery, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL 

2016  On the surface of Abyss (Solo), A-B Project, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

2015   If Only A Glimpse (Two person), Outhaus, Urbana, IL

          The Height Below (Two person), Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014  A Matter of Degrees (Two person), Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL

2012  Weave Between the Two (Solo), Korean Cultural Museum, Wheeling, IL 

2011  Emotional DIY (Solo), Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2010 Weaving as Relationship (Solo), Gallery Uno ,  Chicago, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions


Works on view, The Wing, Chicago, IL

Goldfinch Flatfiles, Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL


Local Comfort, LVL3, Chicago, IL

The ANNUAL: Mixtapes for the Next Millennium, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

Pocket Object (traveling exhibition), @ Juicebox Gallery, Kansas City, MO / @ Tusk, Chicago, IL

Ltd. Wear3, LVL3, Chicago, IL

Latinx Nation, 18th Annual Auction, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL


Employee Of The Month, curated by Olivia McManus and Alex Tam, South of the Tracks, Chicago, IL

Universal Love, 17th Annual Auction, Heaven gallery, Chicago, IL


Ignoble in Between, Site Lab, Grand Rapids, MI


Jupiter Island, curated by Lauren Rose Fulton, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX

Moonlight Sleeping on a Midnight Lake, curated by ADDS DONNA, MANA Contemporary Chicago, Chicago, IL

Modern Individuality, Highcross, Urbana, IL

Work, Werq, curated  by Jacqueline Chao and Aram Han Sifuentes, Flats Studio, Chicago, IL


Interfaith Biennial, O'Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

I am what I am doing, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO

No fate but what we make, curated by Joel Parsons, Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN


Best of Heaven Show, Heaven Gallery, Chicago IL

28th annual Tallahassee International, Museum of Fine Arts, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

What Goes Around, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA                                                              

Residuum, Scene Metrospace, Lansing, MI                                                                                                    

Bound, juried by Cora Rosevear, Phoenix Gallery, New York. NY


At That Very Moment(three person show), Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

Utopia/Dystopia, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapid, MI                                                            

9th international juried exhibition,The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Asbury Park, NJ                                                              

Midway Art Fair, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                     

Evanston and Vicinity Biennial Juried by Shannon Stratton,Evanston Art Center,  Evanston, IL                                                                                                                               

Children of House of Love, Beige, Memphis, TN                                                                               

INTERACTION, KCC gallery, Wheeling, IL                                                                                          

REFRESHING , NOYSE Art Center, Evanston, IL                                                                                             

15th International open  juried by Linda Warren, womanmade gallery, Chicago, IL  


Topophilia, Work*Detroit, University of Michigan, Detroit, MI                                                              

New Work, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                              

WilsonWilliams Gallery(London), UK at the Venice Biennale: Afternoon Tea,  Programme and the wider

Biennale Collateral Exhibition, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy                                                                

Readymade self: an homage to DuChamp, Bridge Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                        

SAIC MFA Thesis show, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago,IL                                                                           

INTIMACY, ARC gallery, Chicago, IL                                                         


Text off the page, the evening of response works. Sullivan gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                           

ART LOOP OPEN , Metra-market, Chicago, IL                                                                                      

Governor’s Island Art Fair, New York, NY                                                                                               

Materials of City, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                                  

Soft Confines, Turn-Berlin gallery, Berlin, Germany                                                                                       

Chicago Art Open, River East Art Center, Chicago, IL                                                                                 

Anatomy of Circle, Gallery x, Chicago, IL


Reception exhibition for finalists, Chicago Union League club, Chicago, IL                                    

Material Mixer, Tojo gallery, Chicago, IL


Sculpture as Medicine, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL


Bibliography & Lecture

2016  Visiting Artist Lecture, Scripps College, Claremont, CA  

2015  Artist interview, INSIDE/WITHIN,

          Artist of the week, LVL3 Media,

         'Authority, Affirmation and Other Nomenclature' by Matt Morris, Newcity

2014  Visiting Artist lecture, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

2013  Featured Artist 2013 April, Peripheral Arteries magazine

          Visiting Artist lecture, Advanced Weaving, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2011  Visiting Artist lecture, Korean-American Students Organization, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010  Noon hour lecture, Fiber and Material Studies Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

          Exhibition review 'Emotional DIY' by Michael Bonesteel, Pioneer Local

          Exhibition preview 'Salvaging Emotions' by Judy Moore, The Daily Northwestern

2009  Artist Turns Found Material into DIY, Chicago Suntimes

          Spring featured emerging artist, Visual Overture magazine

          Noon hour lecture, Fiber and Material Studies Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL