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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design College of Arts and Sciences

Interior Design

Faculty » Jiangmei Wu

Assistant Professor

Phone: (812) 855-5223

Jiangmei Wu Jiangmei Wu has over 10 years of professional and 7 years of teaching experience in art and design. She does interdisciplinary work in art, design, mathematics, science and engineering. Recently, she has been investigating the relationship between geometry, surface texture, computational algorithms, and making techniques in the art and science of paper folding.  Her latest collection of Folded Light Art, using eco-friendly materials and manufacturing techniques, has gained world-wide attention and has been published in many design magazines internationally, including Elle Decoration, DesignBoom, MocoLoco, Inhabitat, Gizmodo, Espaces Contemporains, Wallpaper*, and many more. Her creative works have been juried and exhibited in big cities in the United States such as New York, Chicago, as well as in Italy, Japan, and Bangkok. Most recently, she has been selected as a featured artist for an international art festival and has exhibited in Toyoto Civic Center, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  Her work has also been selected for an international traveling exhibit titled Above the Fold:New Expressions in Origami, which began its tour in eight museums in the United States in January 2015.  In addition to practicing and teaching art and design, Wu has consistently been interested in design as it affects the public realm, historically and culturally, and most importantly, from the perspective of the sustainable design and development. 

Wu earned her undergraduate degree in urban planning and design from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University in Shanghai, her master of science in interior design and her master of fine arts in graphic design, both from Indiana University. She is the coauthor of Living Design: The Daoist Way of Building (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). Before becoming a professor at Indiana University, Wu was a professional interaction/multi-media designer, web developer and programmer, and she has received several web design and development awards.   

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Recent Exhibitions:

July 2015 Folded Light Art
Invited group exhibition (exhibited as the featured artist of International Art Festival)
Toyota Civic Center, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
May 2015—
September 2015
Best of 2015
Juried group exhibition
Juror: Beth Ann Gerstein, Executive Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California
Exhibition Venues:

  • Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
  • The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • The Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
April 2015—June 2015 Integrated Patterns: Structured Abstraction
Invited group exhibition
Curator: Bruce Winslow
Alden B. Bow Museum of Science & Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, Michigan
January 2015—
March 2017
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Invited group exhibition
Large Installation (20' x12'x9'). Shipping and crating supported by International Arts and Artists Organization
Curator: Meher McArthur
Exhibition Venues:

  • Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, Longmont, Colorado
  • Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida
  • Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania   

Recent Refereed Articles:

  • Wu, J., Anwar, S. (2016). Ruga Interior Skin (RIS): Towards Building Smart Self-Deployable Structures," International Journal of the Constructed Environment (Forthcoming)
  • Wu, J. (2015). Folding into Light: Material, Form, and Making,International Journal of Design Objects (Forthcoming)
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