Qiuwen Li is a Graphic Designer living and working in Vermillion, South Dakota. Born in China, she received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and MFA in Visual Studies focusing in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In Qiuwen’s designs, graphic elements (shapes, color, pattern, type) are constructed, deconstructed and then reconstructed in order to create a richer experience and extend their meaning. As a designer, she understands the need for legibility, but she is more concerned with communicating something more visceral, expressive, and imaginative. Her work engages viewers in a way that evokes playing games and figuring out puzzles; they simply can’t get enough of it, and that’s a good thing, because that’s the key to engagement. As a Chinese woman living in the US, Qiuwen is in an in-between position, which also brings a distinctive perspective for her thinking, being and making.
With the development of the Internet, new requirements are proposed for design. Qiuwen views design as a process of self-improvement, which emphasizes interaction between different media, different cultures, and different concepts. She designs her work as a system to be used across various media. Each medium follows specific rules based on the design limitations of that medium. These rules not only give her a direction, but more importantly, they work around the constraints of a given medium, such as the screen size and format on an I-Pad.
2016 – Library Gallery Book Exhibition (Library Gallery / MCAD / Minneapolis / MN)
2016 – STA 100 Competition Judges Night Opening Celebration (Chicago / IL)
2016 – MCAD Alumni Exhibition (City Wide Artists / Minneapolis / MN)
2016 – INBTWN · Solo Exhibition (Gallery One OST / Tractorworks Building / MN)
2016 – MFA Thesis Exhibition and Reception (MFA Studios and Gallery Space / MCAD)
2016 – Master of Fine Arts 5th Annual Open Studio Night (MFA Studios and Gallery Space / MCAD)
2016 – The Project Passion (Conkling Gallery / Mankato, MN)
2015 – Randomness · Solo Exhibition (Library Gallery / MCAD)
2015 – Meeting Waters (Whittier Gallery / MCAD)
2015 – Hallways: encounters in a narrow space with light, sound and objects (Casket Arts Building / MN)
2015 – Jet Lag: MCAD International Student Exhibition (Concourse Gallery / MCAD)
2015 – Made at MCAD 2015, An Annual Juried Student Exhibition (Main Gallery / MCAD)
2014 – Master of Fine Arts 4th Annual Open Studio Night (Whittier Gallery / MCAD)
2014 – All Hallows Eve: An MFA Pop-up Show (Whittier Gallery / MCAD)
2013 – 47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition (Kiehle Gallery / SCSU)
James Dayton Design, Hyde Development, Reverie, Medical Marketing Solutions, Nock Design Group
The Society of Typographic Arts, Creative Quarterly, The Design and Design, The Artist Catalogue, Ficciones Typografika, Ultra Visual Protest