Suyao Tian to be featured in Shelter spring studio art gallery

What is the Shelter studio art gallery?

When we designed the new Shelter studio at International Market Square (IMS), we wanted to have the ability to display the work of local artisans to showcase their talents and sell to a wider audience of clients and design professionals in the building. Artwork in our studio is now rotated twice annually, typically at the start of winter and spring. The Shelter studio gallery is comprised of artwork displayed throughout our workspace. Our winter 2023 exhibit featured works from Caitlin Lempia-Bradford (left) and Daren Henry (right) pictured below:

When is the spring studio art gallery opening?

Save the date for Thursday, May 9th 3-8pm! In conjunction with the IMS Colors of Spring Art Crawl, we’ll be kicking off our spring studio art gallery and hosting another pop-up makers market. Don’t miss out on a chance to peruse the new artwork on display, meet the artist, and shop from a variety of local vendors. Announcement coming soon on the makers market vendors!

Who is the featured artist for the spring 2024 exhibit?

Suyao Tian

Suyao Tian is an artist, designer and independent curator residing in the Twin Cities. You may recognize her work that’s currently on display in the MSP international airport gallery and sold at Room&Board. Tian specializes in water-based media to create abstract, dreamlike paintings inspired by her upbringing as a single child during China’s one-child-only policy in the 80’s. She draws inspiration from childhood memories, nature, imagination, and subconscious thinking for her creations. Tian creates symbolic figures connected to other creatures, shapes, and unknown forms, developing an imaginative world where everything is interconnected and dependent on each other, with the entire world considered crucial.



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The process of creation and the audience’s interpretation of her work holds more importance in the realm of free imagination, and the significance of her work lies in the “no specific meaning”. Tian’s belief that the audience has the right, and ability, to interpret the meaning of her artwork based on their own world experiences represents the essence of art and imagination itself.



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Explore more of Suyao Tian’s work on her website and Instagram.

A collection of Tian’s works will be on display and available for purchase at the Shelter studio through winter of 2024. If you can’t make it to the gallery opening and IMS Art Crawl on Thursday, May 9th no need to fret! We welcome visitors into our studio at any time. You can also scan the QR code on our front door to learn more about the artwork if you miss us.


Can I submit my work to be considered for the Shelter studio art gallery?

Yes! We take submissions year round from local artists interested in having their work considered for display in our studio. For more information on how to submit your work for review, please email:

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