STATEMENT
An interdisciplinary and project-based artist, I work in sculpture, installation, participatory events, and print.  The projects use repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for exploring the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects.  

Paper is the most recurrent element in these projects.  Conceptually, I chose this material because in it’s transformation from a commonplace material into a precious Art object, it retains a human and bodily investment of time.   More honestly, I choose to work with paper because of a lifetime of confidence. It’s the material of a childhood spent cutting and building, with an almost 100% guarantee of no major loss to either bank account or limbs. 

The near invisibleness of my laborious projects, the utter lack of utility in either function or value, the absence of color, and the small, softly placed interventions are all a provocation to think about how much time and energy is invested in things we cannot, or choose not to see.  

A small object, a gesture, or a voice from the margins can reclaim a space, be a catalyst of thought, or at the very least, provide a bit of wonder and magic.


EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA (2009)
Bachelor of Science Studio Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2005)Bachelor of Art History with Asian Option University of Wisconsin, Madison (2005)

AWARDS, GRANTS and FELLOWSHIPS
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco (selected, 2014, awarded in 2016)
Finalist, Creative Work Fund, San Francisco (2013)
Individual Artist Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission (2011)
Irvine Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency Program, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA (2010)
Semi-Finalist for Headlands Center for the Arts California Residence Program, Sausalito, CA (2009)
Barclay Simpson Award, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2009)
Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2008)
Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2007)
Purchase Award, 77th Annual Juried Student Art Show, University of Wisconsin, WI (2005)
Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Beijing, China) University of Wisconsin, WI (2004)
Melvin F. and Beverly A. Butor Art Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, WI (2003)

SOLO SHOWS

Goldbricking, Recology SF, San Francisco, CA (2015)
Recent Works: Imin Yeh
, Mission Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2011)
2 x 2 Solos: Nadim Sabella and Imin Yeh, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA (2010)
Year of the Urban Street Pigeon Celebration, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA (2010)

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 2016
NextNewPaper, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Take this Hammer: Art and Media Activism, YBCA,San Francisco,CA
Trans‐Dimensional, Pacific, NW College of Art , Portland, OR
Ghost, The Luminary, St.Louis MO
Conveners, Redline, Denver, CO
Declarations for the NewYear, Southern Exposure, San Francisco,CA

2015
Print Public, Kala Institute Gallery, Berkeley CA
The Left Coast: California Political Art, The James Gallery @ CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
The Possibilities of Paper, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA

2014
Project Mahjongg,  Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco CA (early summer)
Proof Positive: Innovative Prints from the Pacific Rim.  San Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Printworks: Deciphering the Print, California College of the Arts, Oakland CA
It’s Alive!  Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA

2013
Proximities 3 ,
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco CABy-product Becomes Product, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco CA

2012
Commissioned Artist, Renegade Humor, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Counterproof: The Other Side of Print, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA
How We Leave and Return: Intersections of Art and History, Angel Island, San Francisco, CA
What’s Left Behind, AlterSpace, San Francisco, CA
25 years of Barclay Simpson Award, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Zero1 Biennial, San Jose, CA

2011
In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Cries of SF (Collaboration with Allison Smith), Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Special Commissioned Artist in ShadowShop, The More Things Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Currency Part 2: Means of Exchange, UAB Art Gallery, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Daily Lives, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2010
Beyond Surface, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Art of the Downloadable Craft Swag Booth, AbsoluteZero festival, 01 Biennial, San Jose, CA
In these Great Times: Satirical Prints from Bay Area Artists, Back to the Picture, San Francisco, CA
Autonomía: Aesthetics for Renewed Independence, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Art of the Downloadable Craft, Asian American Film Festival Forum, San Francisco, CA
In Between The Tension and Attraction of Difference, Euphrat Museum of Art, Deanza College, Cupertino, CA

2009
Present Tense Biennial, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts MFA Thesis Show, San Francisco, CA
The Paradox of the Sets, One Six Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Satisfaction Town, Southern Graphics Council Conference, Chicago, IL
BLING BLING Show, Playspace Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Editions: An Exhibition of Bay Area Printmakers, ART 94124, San Francisco, CA

2008
Lovers and Fighters, The Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA
Bailout, FIVEten Studio, Oakland, CA
APAture: A festival for Emerging Asian American Artist, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Award Exhibition, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
To Say the Least, Boiler Gallery, Washington, DC
Pacific Overtures, Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA
Noise Pop, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA

RESIDENCIES
Artist in Residence,  Recology San Francisco, CA (2014-2015)
Sandarbh Residency, Partapur, Rajasthan India (2012-2013)
Focus Residency, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain, NY (2011)
Mission Grafica, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (2011)
Lucas Artist Programs, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA (2010)

PRINT PORTFOLIO EXCHANGES

Mixtura, Taller 72, Peru (2012)
50 Places, University of Colorado Boulder, Museum of Texas Tech University-Lubbock, McMaster University-Ontario Proyecto ‘ace-Buenos Aires. (2011)
States of the State : A Contemporary Survey of American Printmaking – Varied Edition Portfolio (2010)
Patterned Remarks, Southern Graphics Conference, Printgrafika, Philadelphia, PA (2010)
COPY JAM!, Printeresting.org Portfolio (2010)
As You Wish Portfolio (2008)
Bank Robbers, Bandits, and Boogeymen Folio (2007)
Cross Polynations: Weaving/Raranga, an international print exchange for exhibition in USA/New Zealand (2006)
Babyfetus Printmakers Portfolio, Southern Graphics Conference (2006)

 

PRESS

2014

In Conversation: Glen Helfand, SFAQOnline

http://www.sfaqonline.com/2014/02/in-conversation-glen-helfand-curator-of-proximities-a-three-part-exhibition-at-the-asian-art-museum-san-francisco/

Proximities 3: Import/Export.  Asian Connection, San Francisco Chronical

http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Proximities-3-Import-Export-Asian-connection-5092648.php

Proximities 3 @ Asian Art Museum

http://www.squarecylinder.com/2014/01/proximities-3-asian-art-museum/

2012

Best Of: John Zarobell, 3.21 Best of year Three, Art Pratical (http://www.artpractical.com/feature/best_of_john_zarobell/)

How We Leave and Return: Intersections of Art and History. 3:16 Nomadic Tendencies, Art Practical

(http://www.artpractical.com/review/how_we_leave_and_return_intersections_of_art_and_history/)

2011

SpaceBi, 3.5 Maybe It Will Fall Part, Art Practical

(http://www.artpractical.com/shotgun_review/spacebi/)

    2009

100% Authentic Interview-Imin Yeh, SFMOMA Blog (http://blog.sfmoma.org/2009/05/100-authentic-interview-with-imin-yeh/)

Present Tense Biennial: Chinese Character, SFWeekly

(http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-05-06/culture/present-tense-biennial-chinese-character/)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Lecturer (seminar and screenprinting class), SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, San Jose, CA (2013)Screenprint Instructor, CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, Oakland, CA (2012-2013)
Screenprint Instructor, OUT OF SITE YOUTH ARTS CENTER, San Francisco , CA (2012-2013)

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2014

STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam
Panelist Other Asians: Intervening in Orientalism at the conference entitled, Collecting Geographies-Global Programing in Museums of Modern Art

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, San Francisco, CA
Visiting Artist Lecture

2013

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, San Francisco, CA
Guest Panelist on Cultural Understanding. Teaching and Creative Practice MFA Seminar
Artist Lecture, What We Bought, Graduate Seminar

SAN FRANCISCO ARTS INSTITUTE
Artist Lecture, Asian American Publix Art Graduate Seminar

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY, Berkeley CA
Artist Lecture, Introduction to Art Concepts, Undergraduate Seminar

2012

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, San Francisco, CA
Artist Lecture, Envisioning Trauma: Visual Culture and Violence, MFA Seminar
Artist Lecture, Advanced Printmaking Undergraduate class

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Palo Alto, CA
Guest Artist, Show Me Your Papers: Immigration, Youth, Printmaking & Stortelling For Social Change Undergraduate Class

SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE, San Francisco, CA
Artist Lecture, UndocuNation Teach-in

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, San Francisco, CA
Seminar participant, lead by Louis Hetland, Project Zero at Harvard, titled “What should we ask of art education?”

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, San Francisco, CA
Guest Lecture, “3 years out” Real World MFA Seminar

2011

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, Oakland, CA
Artist Lecture, Advanced Screen printing class

MERIDIAN GALLERY, San Francisco, CA
Panelist, “In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing”

MISSION CULTURAL CENTER, San Francisco, CA
Panelist, “Tal(ler)es”

CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY, Monterey, CA
Guest Artist Lecture and Demonstration

2010

COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS, San Francisco, CA
Art Auction Coordinator

KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP, San Francisco, CA
Panelist, Artist Talk for the exhibition, Beyond Surface

SHARON ART STUDIO, San Francisco, CA
Woodcut Instructor

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, San Francisco, CA
Guest Artist Lecture, Introduction into Printmaking

ASIAN ART MUSEUM, San Francisco, CA
Artist Lecture ,” Revolution in Black and White: Woodcuts from the Shanghai Exhibition” and Woodcut Workshop

LEONARDO: THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ART, SCIENCE, and TECHNOLOGY, San Francisco, CA
Artist Talk, Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) Talks

ASIAN PACIFIC FUND, San Francisco, CA
Guest Juror, Growing up Asian in America Art Competition,

18 REASONS, San Francisco, CA
Artist Talk, Tea and Conversation in conjunction with a Solo exhibition

DE ANZA COLLEGE, Cupertino, CA
Artist Talk

2009

CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER, San Francisco CA
Panelist, Present Tense Biennale Exhibition

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, San Francisco, CA
Guest Critique, Dialogues and Practices with Stephanie Sjyuco
Guest Critique, interdisciplinary Critique with Keith Boadwee