2015            MFA in Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, USA

2013            BFA in Studio Art, Albion College, Albion, MI, USA





Solo Exhibition, Feminine Ghosts, Art Gallery of Burlington, Ontario, Canada (upcoming)


Solo Exhibition, On Gold, Myanm/art, Yangon, Myanmar (upcoming)

A Life Beyond Boundaries (the geography of belonging), JWD Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand (upcoming)


In the Forest, Even the Air Breathes, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy

Essentialist Images, Richard Koh Gallery, Singapore

Solo Exhibition, Hybridized Beings, Myanm/art, Yangon, Myanmar 


Solo Exhibition: Rebirth | Enigmatic Bodies, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA

A+ Entrees, A+Works of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ClayFest Northwest, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA 

Polyphony: Southeast Asia, The Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (AMNUA), Nanjing, China  

A+ Works of Art at Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Resident Artists Exhibition, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA

To Return, Na Space, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China 

The Sovereign Asian Art  Prize Finalist Exhibition, Hart Hall  at H Queen, Hong Kong

Silence is Golden: Contemporary Myanmar Art after Political Change, Japan Foundation, Yangon, Myanmar  [catalogue]

Ceramics Invitational, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, USA

Seeing Through Buddhism: Myanmar’s Contemporary Art Scene, Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Sri Lanka


The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia  [catalogue]

Solo Exhibition: Serpentine, Myanm/art, Yangon, Myanmar

A Gifted Offering, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

New Orientalia: Functionality, Spirituality, Diversity, The New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei, Taiwan [catalogue]

East Side West Side: All Around the Town, ArtEAST, Issaquah, WA, USA

Working Relationship, North Seattle College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

Art in Context, The American Center of the U.S. Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar
ClayFest Northwest, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA

Yavuz Gallery at Art Fairs Philippines, Manila, Philippines 

Speaking Out: 9 Artists from Myanmar, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA, USA 

Bearing Points, The Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh [catalogue]

Love Knots, Drive-by Projects, Watertown, MA, USA


Voices of Transition: Contemporary Art from Myanmar, Lunn + Sgarbossa Projects, London, England [catalogue]

A City in Dialogue with the World - 2017 Jingpiao International Ceramic Exhibition, Jingdezhen China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, China [catalogue]

ClayFest Northwest, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA

Beyond Narrative, curated by Moe Satt, Wathann Film Fest #7, Yangon, Myanmar [catalogue]

Clayfest Northwest Preview: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics from Pottery Northwest, Bemis Arts, Seattle, WA, USA

Sculptured, Vol. 1, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

Artists Beyond Boundaries: Myanmar Artists Reflect on Art and the Future, The American Center of the U.S. Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar

Mud of Asia, RMA Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

Solo Exhibition: Soe Yu Nwe, Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar

Flux: Ceramics Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, RISD, Providence, USA



Ways of Clay: Perspectives Toward the Future, The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia [catalogue]

The Tree of Life: the 4th Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibition, Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines [catalogue]

Selected Work: Group Exhibition, River Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar 

Me and My Arrow, ZieherSmith, New York City, NY, USA

22nd Annual Juried Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Jurors: Max Presneill and David Bailey) [catalogue]

Nature Gone Wrong, Drive-By Projects, Watertown, MA, USA

Solo Exhibition: The Self Reconfigured, Munro Gallery, Albion College, MI, USA



Dialectics of Self: Two Persons Exhibition with Jungmok Lee, A. Thomas Ferreira Gallery, California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA

12th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Spring Wound (Graduate Thesis Exhibition), Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI, USA

Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, The Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

Of Earth (locally generated NCECA exhibition), Anchor Providence, Providence, RI, USA

Risky, Metcalf Galleries, RISD, Providence, RI, USA

Paper Chasers, Memorial Hall Gallery, RISD, Providence RI, USA

Uncanny Valley: The 30th Positive Negative National Juried Art Exhibit, The Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, TN, USA (Juror: Dr. Mika Yoshitake) [catalogue]



Biomimicry, Science Center, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA [catalogue]

Steal This Art, Granoff Center, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA    

College Collective, Firehouse Gallery, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY (Jurors: Will Contino, Mitch Messina) 

Just Kiln Me, Sol Koffler Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI, USA

The Jenks Society for the Lost Museum in collaboration with artist Mark Dion, Rhode Island Hall, Providence, RI, USA [catalogue]



Ceramics Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI, USA

Albion College Senior Art Major Exhibition, Albion College, MI, USA

Michigan Small Colleges Art Exhibition, Alma College, Alma, MI, USA

The Michigan Mud Juried Student Competition, Michigan Ceramic Arts Association, Delta College, MI, USA



Michigan Ceramics: 2012 Biennial Exhibition and Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Robinson Gallery, Birmingham, MI, USA (Juror: John Glick)

Michigan Small Colleges Art Exhibition, Olivet College, Olivet, MI, USA



Michigan Mud 2011 Juried Student Show, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Michigan Small Colleges Art Exhibition, Adrian College, Adrian, MI, US





Invited Guest Artist, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan (Jan-Mar 2021) 

Virtual360 KONNECT Residency: Bounded Women, ASEF Culture360 (Oct-Nov, 2020)

Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, USA (May 27 - Jun 8 2018)

Artist-in-residence, Lab Artz, Jingdezhen, China (Feb-Apr 2018)

Artist-in-residence, Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Center, Shaoxing County, Zhejiang, China (Dec-Jan 2018) 

Invited Guest Artist, Jingdezhen International Studio, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China (Feb-May 2017)

Artist-in-residence, The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale Residency Program, Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov 2016) [catalogue]

Summer Visiting Artist, California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA (Jun-Aug 2016)

Philip C. Curtis Artist-in-Residence, Albion College, Albion, MI, USA (Feb-Apr 2016)

Ceramic Wintersession Resident Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA (Jan-Feb 2016)

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA (Nov 2015)

The Friends of Lake Burton Distinguished Fellow, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, GA, USA (Sep-Oct 2015) [catalogue]

Visiting Artist, California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA (Summer-Fall 2015)

Working Artist in Residence (WARP), ArtPark, Lewiston, NY, USA Jun 2015 [catalogue]

Graduate School of the Arts Fellowship, Ceramic Department, RISD, RI, USA (2013-2015)






Reminiscence, The 55th National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Concurrent Exhibition, USA (organizer)


Claytopia | SEA Roots, The 53rd National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Concurrent Exhibition at Continental Clay, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (curator)

MADE by SEA | Southeast Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA (curator)

On Origin: Contemporary Southeast Asian Ceramics, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA, USA, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA, USA (curator)





Wally Grant, Pottery Northwest, WA, USA (2019)

Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore (2017)

Haystack Travel Grant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, MA, USA (2017)

Artist/Writer Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA (2015)

Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA) Grant, Narratives on “House” and “Sleep”,

Albion College, MI, USA (Spring 2013)

FURSCA Grant, The Ceramic Process: an Artistic Inquiry, Albion College, MI, USA (2012)

FURSCA Grant, The Ceramic Art Process and Symbology, Albion College, MI, USA (2011)





Finalist, The 2019 Sovereign Asia Art Prize, Hong Kong

2019 Forbes 30 Under 30: Art & Style (Jurors: Tory Burch, Nicole Miller, Carter Cleveland)

The Anna Rosser Upchurch Memorial Full Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, USA (2018)

George VanOstrand Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, MA, USA (2018)

IAC (International Academy of Ceramics), Invited member (2017)

2017 Artaxis Fellowship at Haystack, Deer Isle, MA, USA (Jurors: Linda Arbuckle, Steven Lee and Linda Lopez)

First Prize, The 1st Taoxichuan Cup: Top Ten Jingdezhen Youths, Jingdezhen Municipal Party Committee, Jingdezhen, China

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, AICAD, 2017 (nominated, also in 2016)

Artistic Selection Award, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA (2016)

Ceramic Wintersession Residency Award, Ceramic Department, RISD, RI (2015)

The Friends of Lake Burton Distinguished Fellowship, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, GA (2015)

Toby Devan Lewis Award, RISD, RI, Spring 2015 (nominated)

Clay Club Scholarship, RISD, RI (2014-2015)

Departmental Representative for Art School Haystack Collaborative, Ceramic Department, RISD, RI (2014)

RISD Scholarship, Ceramic Department, RISD, RI (2013-2015)

Outstanding Senior Art Major Award, Albion College, MI (2013)

Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Albion College, MI (2013)

Scholarship Award, Michigan Ceramic Art Association, MI (2012)

Third Place Award, Michigan Small Colleges Exhibition, Olivet College, MI (2012)

Honorable Mention, Michigan Small Colleges Exhibition, Olivet College, MI (2012)          

Outstanding Ceramic Entry, Runyon Pottery Award, Michigan Ceramic Art Association, MI (2011)

Williemae Cheek Endowed Scholarship, Albion College, MI (2011-2013)

Albion College International Scholarship, Albion College, MI (2009-2013





Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan

Shangyu Museum, Zhejiang, China




Nwe, Soe Yu, and Nayoung Jeong. “Virtual360 Konnect: Bounded Women.” ASEF culture360. Asia-Europe Foundation, November 25, 2020.

Guha, Pujita. Opium Tales. Nero Editions, 28 Oct 2020.

Dansby, Daneva. 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.” Sculpture Magazine, 25 Feb 2020.

Hybridized Beings on Show at Myanm/art.The Myanmar Times, Issue 1245, Mar 6 2020. Print.

Sone, Min Pyae. “Bowing to the Dragon Queen.Frontier, Vol 6, Issue 1, 46-47. Print.

Mythology Comes Alive in this New Ceramic Exhibit. Myanmar Mix, 25 Feb 2020.

Starr, Marie. Documenting Contemporary Art in an Era of Cultural Evolution. The Irrawaddy, 15 May 2019.

Tun, San Lin. “Event focuses on changes in Myanmar art landscape.The Myanmar Times, 07 May, 2019.

Lu Tharman, "A sculptor of the sounds of pain- ceramic artist, Soe Yu Nwe",  MODA Myanmar Magazine, April issue, 2019, Print.

Clark, Issy D'Arcy, Cover Story "The Golden Girl of Contemporary Art." Myanmore, Magazine #28, 14-17, Feb 2019, Print.

Tun, San Lin, “The Charms and Enigma of Serpent.The Myanmar Times, 31 Dec 2018. 

Wu, Toby. “Soe Yu Nwe’s new ‘Serpentine’ works at Myanm/art.Art and Market, 15 Dec 2018.

Starr, Marie. “Identity and Transformation–International Ceramics Artist Comes Home.The Irrawaddy, 12 Dec 2018.

Fortescue, Elizabeth. “Queensland museum will receive major boost from ninth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art,” The Art Newspaper, 22 Nov 2018.

“9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.” Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Nov 2018. Print.

Phyoe, Aung. “List of Films/Documentaries Directed by Women Filmmakers Screened at Wathann Film Festival”, 3- ACT: 9 Issue Cinema Magazine. Nov 2018 Issue 2, Vol 1, 53-54, Print.

Almanac 2018, Arts Asia Pacific, Vol. 13,  Jan 2018. 145. Print. 

Spence, Rachel. “Dhaka Art Summit: art that’s charged with a powerful current.” Financial Times, 6 Feb 2018.

Freeman, Nate. “Artist List Revealed for Fourth Edition of Dhaka Art Summit.” Artnews, 24 Nov 2017.

Harper, Brian. “Soe Yu Nwe, 2017 Artaxis Fellow, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.” Artaxis News,  9 Aug 2017.

Wai Yan Aung, “Art that Highlights Changes in Myanmar Politics.” Irrawady Burma, 20 Jun 2017.

Harper, Brian. “Soe Yu Nwe is the 2017 Artaxis Fellow.Artaxis News, 22 Mar 2017.

Mendoza, Hadrian. “Tree of Life: 4th Southeast Asian Ceramic Festival.” New Ceramics: The European Ceramic Magazine, Issue 4, 44-45, Print.

Johnston, Nathalie. “MYANM/ART.Balmond Studio Blog, 17 Mar 2017.

Harper, Brian. “Soe Yu Nwe is the 2017 Artaxis Fellow.” Artaxis News, 22 Mar 2017.

Kay Zon Nway, "ကြွေရုပ်ထုနှင့် ပန်းချီအနုပညာတစ်ကိုယ်တော်ပြပွဲကို ဖေဖော်ဝါရီလ ၃ ရက်မှ ၂၃ ရက်အထိ ပြသမည်, Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV),  Yangon, Myanmar, 17 Feb 2017.

Kalish, Lillian. “Ceramic artist snakes into Myanmar with debut show.” The Myanmar Times, 3 Feb 2017. Print.

Io Triumphe! Twenty for ’20, Albion College Alumni Magazine. Fall Winter 2016- 2017 Issue, 20. Print.

Gautama, Nia. “Discovering New Ceramics Through Residencies,” Sarasvati Magazine. January Issue, pg 80. 2017. Print.

C.A. Xuan Mai Ardia. “11 Artists from the Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale 2016,” Art Radar Journal, 20 Dec 2016.

Indra, Rahman. “Dazzled in Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale 2016”, CNN Indonesia, 8 Dec 2016. 

Nwe, Soe Yu. “Cold Bloom”, Yangon Literary Magazine, Issue 1, Dec 2016. Print.

Kalish, Lillian. “Ceramic artist finds her place”, The Myanmar Times, 29 Sep 2016. Print.

Kalish, Lillian. “Hands on: Prominent artist returns to Golden Land”, The Myanmar Times, 27 Sep 2016. Print.

Josh Jefferson and More @ ZieherSmith in NYC”, Juxtapox Art & Culture Magazine, 15 Jul 2016. 

The Albion Review: National Undergraduate Literary Journal. Saline: McNaughton and Gunn. 2016 (also in 2013 and 2012). 

Exhibit Promotes Cultural Exchange Through Art”, Beverly Press, 12 May 2016.

Gonzalez, Suzy., and Minter, Elle., eds. Yes, Ma’am, Issue 09. 2016.

Nwe, Soe Yu, and Jason Martin. "The Patroness.” Modern American Prints from the Albion College Collection. S.l.: Celandine, 2015. 36-40. Print.

Maloni, Joshua. “Artpark is Putting the Art back in the Park. Niagara Frontier Publications, 19 Jun 2015.

RISD XYZ, Spring/Summer 2015, RISD Alumni Magazine. Jun 2015.

Dabowski, Collin. “New Program Aims to put “Art” back in Artpark”, Buffalo News. 6 Jun 2015.

Nwe, Soe Yu, "The Self Reconfigured" (2015). Masters Thesis, RISD. 30 May 2015.  

Silander, Liisa. Great Big Show Now Opens, Our RISD, a place to show and tell. RISD. 19 May 2015. 

Creative Quarterly 39 runner-up, Online Gallery. 2015. (also in 2013)

Frasca, Jacqueline, ed. East Coast Ink: Roots. Issue 006. 20 Mar 2015. 6, 25, 40-42, 47-48. Print.

Solondz, Simone. Soe Yu Nwe MFA'15 Cr Critique Review. Our RISD, a place to show and tell. RISD News. 16 Dec 2014. 

Crocker, Abigail. “Ceramics for the Self.RISD News. 2 Dec 2014.

Crocker, Abigail. “Exploring Life in a Drop of Water.” RISD News. 9 Sep 2014. 

RISD Portfolios Online Gallery, Featured on 17 Mar 2014.

Nwe Receives Statewide Ceramics Award.” Albion College News. 19 Jul 2012. 

Weber, Jake. “Albion Art Student Wins Prize at Michigan Mud Biennial.” Albion College News. 11 Nov 2011.

Quizon, Derek. “Liberal Arts Colleges Attract Burmese Students.” USA TODAY EDUCATION. 25 Jul 2011.




2019    Curator’s Talk, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA, Nov 5.

2019    Artist’s Talk, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, Sep 27.

2019    Artist Talk, Seward Park, Seattle, WA, Apr 28.

2018    Workshop & Artist Talk, Yangon International School, Yangon, Myanmar, Dec 6-7.

2017    Artist Lecture: “My Artistic Journey”,  Artist Beyond Boundaries: Myanmar Artists Reflect on Art

                   and the Future, The American Center of U.S Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar, Jun 19.

2017    Workshop & Lecture, Bond Klay Keramic: International Ceramic Art Conference,

                    Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, Thailand, Jun 6-7.

2017    Artist Lecture: “Ten Years and Full Circle”, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China, May 27.

2017    Artist Lecture: “Full Circle”, Taoxichuan Art Museum, Jingdezhen, China, May 24.

2017    Presentation: Residency Stories, 1st Taoxichuan Cup: Porcelain City Top Ten Youths, Jingdezhen, China, May 4.

2016    Artist’s Lecture: “On Spirit / House”, Ayala Museum, Philippines, Dec 16.

2016    Demonstration: “Handbuilding Biomorphic forms”, Ayala Museum, Philippines, Dec 17.

2016    Artist’s Lecture, Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar, Sep 24. 

2016    Auction Artist, Hambidge Art Auction and Field Experiment Gala, The Hambidge Center, Apr 23.

2016    Artist’s Lecture, “The Self Reconfigured, Albion College, Mar 15.

2016    Presentation: “Professional Practice and Development”, Albion College, Mar 4.

2016    Visiting Artist’s Lecture, Wintersession Ceramic Residency, RISD, Feb 7.

2016    Setting Up Professional Practices / Case Study Interactive & RISD Alumni Panel,

                New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fine Arts Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Jan 30.
2015     Visiting Artist’s Lecture, California State University, Long Beach, Nov 20.

2015     Artist’s Talk, The Great ARTDoors Festival, The Hambidge Center, Oct 10.
2015     Artist’s Lecture, Ceramics: Form and Surface class by Lauren Skelly, RISD, Wintersession.
2013    “Narratives on House”, The 2013 Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, Albion College. Apr 18. 





Fall Quarter 2019, Nature & the Self, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA 

Fall 2019, Ceramic Flowers and Plants Workshop, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA

November 2018, Handbuilding with Clay: Girl Scout Pottery Badge, Workshop instructor, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Wintersession 2015, Ceramic Sculpture: Nature, Ritual and Self, Instructor of Record, RISD

Wintersession 2014, Realistic and Trompe L'oeil Ceramics, Co-instructor with Adriel Tong, RISD

Spring 2015, Ceramic Sculpture: Non-majors, Teaching Assistant to Jan Holocomb, RISD

Fall 2014, Drawing Takes Form, Teaching Assistant to Frank Bosco, RISD

Spring 2014, Clay in Context, Teaching Assistant to Katy Schimert and Lawrence Bush, RISD

Fall 2013, Slipcast Ceramic Object, Teaching Assistant to Frank Bosco, RISD

Fall 2012, Ceramics I, Teaching Assistant to Lynne Chytilo, Albion College

Spring 2012, Video Art, Teaching Assistant to Anne Barber, Albion College





Docent, Seattle Asian Art Museum (2019)

Communication Manager, Myanm/art (Jan 2019)

Gallery Manager, Myanm/art (Jan 2017)

Global Supporters, The 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale, Korea Ceramics Foundation (2017)

Art Jury, The Albion Review (Spring 2016)

Information Officer, Rhode Island School of Design (Fall 2013 - Spring 2015)

Gallery Assistant, Bobbit Visual Art Center, Albion College (Jan - May 2013)

Artist Assistant to Mixed-media Artist, Rory Golden (Spring 2012)

Art Club’s Vice President, Albion College (Fall 2010 - Spring 2011)





Member, International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)- NGO official partner of UNESCO

Member, Washington Clay Arts Association, WA, USA

Member, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), USA


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