Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Zhi Lin (Seattle) received a BFA from the China National Academy of Fine Arts, and MFA degrees from both the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London and the University of Delaware. He’s been the recipient of a numerous fellowships, and his works have been reviewed and published by many national and international print media, including the New York Times, Seattle Times, Artnews, and many Chinese-language media sources. Lin is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington, School of Art. He has lived and worked in Seattle since 2001.

Zhi received a 2010 GAP to cover a portion of the cost of materials and supplies for his ongoing project, Invisible and Unwelcomed People: Chinese Railway Workers, a mixed-media recounting of the bitter history of Chinese workers constructing the American transcontinental railroads during the late 19th century. Lin hopes that his work will increase the appreciation of the contributions of Chinese laborers to the development of the U.S., and encourage the audience to critically examine the current anti-immigration movement with a historical perspective and to prevent our history from being repeated.

Zhi received a 2003 GAP to cover a portion of the model fees for three new large-scale screen paintings entitled Invisible People: Chinese Railroad Workers. Planned to measure 5 feet by 15 feet, the screens will be composed according to Chinese tradition: each of them will be painted on both sides and each side will feature a scene with over one hundred near life-size figures. “To paint images on both sides of the screen, and to confront the audience with two versions of history is to attempt to reveal the concealed and neglected part of the history of the American transcontinental railroads. I need to use life models and will hire native Chinese to be my models. They will wear clothes that date back to over one hundred years ago.”

Zhi also received a 2002 Fellowship.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.