Jawshing Arthur Liou

Jawshing Arthur Liou

Human-Cannabis II: ASA, 2020
Human-Cannabis I: Sonnet 27
Horizon, 2017
Kora, 2011-12
Saga Dawa

Jawshing Arthur Liou is an artist with a background in photography, digital media, film, and journalism. His recent projects include a pilgrimage in the sacred mountains in Tibet, a journey through the tsunami-ravaged coastline of Japan, and a cinematic collaboration with a brain scientist regarding the connection between endocannabinoids and memory. Liou works with lens-based materials and electronic imaging to create installations depicting mental and surreal spaces. Many of his videos do not contain clear narratives but are meditative in nature, allowing time to slow to a ruminative pace while spatial scales oscillate between the microcosmic and infinitely expansive. Using sources ranging from landscapes and oil paint to human body, much of Liou’s work is related to notions of impermanence, human tragedy, and spiritual sanctuary.

Liou was born in Zhongli, Taiwan in 1968. He received a BA in Journalism at the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan in 1990 and worked as a video journalist before emigrating to the United States at the age of 25. He pursued a study in Fine Arts and received an MFA in Photography and Electronic Intermedia from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1998. He was selected as a member of the 1997 National Graduate Seminar in American Photography Institution in New York. While in Florida, Liou studied photography with the renowned surrealist Jerry Uelsmann and Evon Streetman. During this time Liou’s work became more personal and conceptual, and his practice expanded to incorporate video. Liou has been a faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington since 1999. He is currently the Associate Dean and Herman B. Wells Professor of Digital Art at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. 

Liou has participated in many important exhibitions, festivals and biennials, including: “The world began without the human race and it will end without it”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung (TW, 2021), “House of the Singing Winds”, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Bloomington (US, 2020); “Rituals of Signs and Metamorphosis”, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (CN, 2019); “Scared Spaces: The Road To…”, the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City (US, 2018); “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis (US, 2016); The 12th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (UAE, 2015); SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul (KR, 2014); “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas (US, 2014); “TRUE COLORS”, the 6th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (JP, 2014), “Sacred Sojourn”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TW, 2014), “Sonnet 27”, SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, Michigan (US, 2013). 


June 11 – July 16, 2022

Forty Days

May 22 – June 30, 2020


October 20 – November 30, 2017


June 24 – August 12, 2017

Spectres of the Past I & II

April 11 – May 30, 2015

Sonnet 27

April 19 – May 24, 2014


National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

October 23, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art

August 27, 2020 – July 4, 2021

Rituals of Signs and Metamorphosis

Red Brick Art Museum

November 3, 2018 – April 7, 2019

Sacred Spaces: The Road To… and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

Rubin Museum of Art

November 17, 2017 – October 15, 2018

Fibering-Eco As A Verb − International Video Installation Exhibition​

Yo-Chang Art Museum, NTUA

September 12 – October 28, 2017

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

Frist Center for the Visual Art

May 26 – September 10, 2017



Behind the Waves

Jawshing Arthur Liou

Sacred Sojourn

Taipei Fine Arts Museum



Digital Artist Jawshing Arthur Liou

Indiana Public Media

October 4, 2020

Red Brick Art Museum presents joint exhibition of 10 renowned artists


November 5, 2018

At the Rubin Museum, the Future Has Arrived. And It's Fluid

The New York Times

August 9, 2018

Two Artists Explore the Sacred Qualities of Pilgrimage at the Rubin Museum of Art

Trike Daily

January 4, 2018

The Spirit of Exploration Drives PULSE 2016


March 4, 2016

The Ground Beneath His Feet An Artist’s Sacred Sojourn in Western Tibet

Annie Ivanova

March, 2013

BTN LiveBig: Indiana professor chosen for prestigious American art exhibit



TURF artist profile: Jawshing Arthur Liou

Mid-west Phorographer Project

Museum of Contemporary Photography website

June 23, 2013