Xia Gao is a visual artist who primarily works with textile/fiber, installation, printing and mixed media. Her works often address personal and cultural adaptation and transformation. She received her BA and MS in Fashion Design from Donghua University (formerly China Textile University) and her MFA in Textile Design and Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Currently, Gao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art history at Michigan State University. Before joining MSU, she was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Donghua University in Shanghai, China. Gao has also guest lectured and presented at many other art and design programs, public seminars and international conferences.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous juried group and solo exhibitions. her works have been included in venues, like Love Lace international competition and exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia, Triennial OFF - part of Five Continues 7th international Triennial of Contemporary Textile arts of Tournai, Belgium at Arret 59, 6th World Textile Art Biennial-Air at Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City and at the Institute of Fine Arts in Xalapa, Mexico, From Lausanne to Beijing - the 6th International Fiber Art Biennale Exhibition at Henan Art Museum in Zhengzhou, China, and many other venues for mixed media contemporary art, such as FSU Museum of Fine ArtsinTallahassee, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, and N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit. Gao has received exhibition awards from internationally juried shows and her creative work has been supported through funds, residencies and fellowships from universities and foundations.