Object Info    About



  1. Room
  2. Corner
  3. Shell
  4. Rotating
  5. Mixture
  6. To be free
  7. Murmurs
  8. Brightness
  9. Reset
  10. Shadows
  11. Boundary
  12. Persona
  13. Entangled series
  14. Growth & Resides



  1. graphic design
  2. sketch I
  3. sketch II
  4. sketch III
  5. sketch IV
  6. illustration



  1. Polaroid
  2. 120mm film





I had been trapped in a magnetic hole. The place is dark and empty but full of endless murmurs. Any movement I made caused roars. I tried to minimize my mobility to avoid Murmurs' attention, so I gradually integrated myself into this ghostly society with Murmurs. This invisible surrounding gave me faith. It was the Murmurs who gave me hope of life and destruction.




Chen Gao is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Detroit and Chicago Metropolitan Area, USA. She received her MFA degree in 2D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Gao is currently teaching graphic design at the School of Art + Design at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work has taken many shapes, including free drawing, film photography, poetic writing, installation, and performance. She explores the fantasy of ideal freedom that extracts from the real world and asserts the power of unconsciousness and dreams. This is all about her emotional life of being. She is not creating a form but building an atmosphere to convey a sense of void. Gao’s work has been celebrated in several exhibitions and (group) projects nationally and internationally, including the Library Mural Project at Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library and An Inspired Age at Toledo Museum of Art. She was selected to exhibit work in VAN GOGH Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain, Holy Art Gallery in London, and the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago. Gao is interested in continuing her professional studio practice in association with art education.



Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA in 2D Design
(elective in Architecture)
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
BFA in Graphic and Interactive Media
(minor in Art History)  

Exhibition & Project Design
2023, Monaco Contemporary Art Fair(upcoming), VAN GOGH Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2023, ARTOXIC(upcoming), Madsverse, M.A.D.S. Art Gallery, Milan, Itlay
2023, Femina, online exhibition, Gallerium, Canada
2023, ART ON LOOP IV, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK
2023, Believe, online exhibition, Gallerium, Canada 
2023, “Aura” Exhibition, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK
2023, “Aura” Exhibition, online exhibition, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK
2023, LOVE 2023, online exhibition, Exhibizone, Canada
2022, 10” x 10”, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2022, 2022 GDE of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
2022, Cranbrook Student Showcase, Goldner Walsh Garden and Home, Pontiac, MI, USA
2022, In Transit, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
2021, Second Year Fall Exhibition, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
2020, Student Juried Art Exhibition, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Toledo, OH, USA
2020, Fresh Looks 2020, Ford Gallery at the Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
2019, An Inspired Age, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA
2019, Engineering Based Mural Project, LaunchPad Incubation at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA  
2019, Library Mural Project, Toledo Museum Art Reference Library, Toledo, OH, USA
2018, UT Student Billboard Exhibition, local billboards, Toledo, OH, USA   
2018, Student Juried Art Exhibition, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Toledo, OH, USA


2023, ecoSuites, Artist in Residence, Halkidiki, Greece

2023, Divide Magazine, London, UK
2023, CAP Art Magzine, Toronto, Canada
2023, Believe, Gallerium, Canada
2023, Artistonish Magazine 31st Issue, Canada

Professional Experience
School of Art + Design - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
Champaign, IN
Aug 2022-Present 
ARTD 222 Typographic Practice, ARTD 333 Type & Image,
ARTD 444 Typographic Systems, ARTD 595 MFA Design for Responsible Innovation Studio 

HXOUSE World Tour 2022
Detroit, MI 
Jul 2022
One-day Challenge Tenent

Workshop: Drawing Imagination Back to Grass          
Bloomfield Hills, MI
May 2022
Workshop Leader

Western Michigan University                   
Kalamazoo, MI
Apr 2022
Visiting Critic/Reviewer

Columbia Global Centers|Beijing             
Beijing, China  
Jun 2021 - Sept 2021  
Curatorial Assistant                     

UToledo Online - Instructional Design      
Toledo, OH           
Jun 2018 - Mar 2020
Multimedia Designer    
Chinese Association of Greater Toledo    
Toledo, OH    
Oct 2018 - Oct 2020
Graphic Designer

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
New York, NY
Aug 2020 - Nov 2020
Design Volunteer                                         

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Hebei, China
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Event Assistant