Yidan Guo / Eedon

From 2013 to 2019, Yidan Guo was a Visiting Professor and guest artist, who taught art at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT. Prior to this, she served as a faculty member with the School of Art at Renmin University in Beijing, China.

By the age of 15, Yidan earned acceptance to the art School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)-the most prestigious fine art institution in China. At the Academy, Yidan completed eight years of rigorous training, received her Bachelor of Art degree in Chinese Painting. In 2005 Yidan earned a master’s degree in Philosophy from Renmin University in Beijing, China.

Yidan has had several solo exhibitions in the United States and in China. Her artwork has been selected for inclusion in a number of juried exhibitions and group shows. Yidan’s work is part of several collections, including China Central Academy of Fine Arts, The Chinese Artists Association, Southern Utah University, Edgar & Helen Studies Center in Shaanxi, China, and University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation.

In May 2024, Yidan earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Idaho State University. As a working artist Yidan currently lives in Pocatello, Idaho.

Water based pigment on silk

Yidan Guo: Back to Then ( Self Portrait ) 2015

Water based pigment on silk


Master of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing                                              May, 2024
Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Master of Philosophy in Aesthetics                                                            May 2005
Renmin University, Beijing, China

Bachelor of Arts in Painting                                                                        May 1998
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


M.F.A Candidate & GTA                                                                            Aug. 2020-May 2024
Department of Art, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Board Member & Annual Juried Exhibition Coordinator                      Nov. 2019-Mar. 2021
Bingham Arts Council, Blackfoot, Idaho

Visiting Professor of Art                                                                          Aug. 2013-May 2019
Southern Utah University, Utah

Assistant professor of Chinese Pinting                                                 Aug. 2000-Apr. 2013
School of Art, Renmin University, Beijing, China

Solo Exhibitions

2024  Women Who Are Asian Immigrants: The Seen and Unseen-Yidan Guo’s M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
John B. Davis Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. Feb. 12-Mar. 8

2022   From the Yellow River to the Snake River: Stories of Chinese Tradition Across Time and Space
Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, ID. Feb. 24-Aug. 31

2020   Yidan Guo: From Perception to Connection
Idaho Falls Arts Council, Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, ID. Sep. 3-Nov. 8

2019   The Art of Introspection: Figure Painting by Yidan Guo
Artspace Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus, Las Vegas, NV. July 12-Sep. 3

2018   Yidan Guo: Searching of Souls
Art Works Gallery, Cedar City, UT Apr. 23-May 18

2017   Yidan Guo: Watercolor: East VS West
Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. Aug. 11-Sep. 22

2016   Yidan Guo: Portraits of Oriental Nostalgia– Ameristar Gallery Emerging Artist Series
Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO. May 6-June 17

2015   Yidan Guo: Chinese Meticulous Painting
Z-Arts Canyon Community Center gallery, Springdale, UT. July 21-Aug. 31

2013   Scenery of Next Stop – Yidan Guo’s Plein Air Painting 
Teacher Center, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China. May 23-June 23

Selected Juried Exhibitions

2024, San Diego Watercolor Society 44th International Exhibition
San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery, San Diego, CA. Sep 29-Nov 1

2024, 12th annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition
Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm and Forest. Waitsfield, Vermont, June 16-July 20.

2024, 48th Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s National Exhibition
Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, May 4-Aug.4

2024, 31st Annual Red River Online Watercolor Society National Juried Watermedia Exhibition, Excellence Awarded.
Runs online at https://redriverwatercolorsociety.wildapricot.org/, May 1-July 31

2024, National Watercolor Society Member Exhibition
Online Virtual Exhibition, May 1-June 30

2024, Illinois Watercolor Society 40th National Exhibition. Best of Show Awarded.
The Next Picture Show, A Fine Arts Center, Dixon, Illinois. May 3-May 31.

2024, Louisiana Watercolor Society 54th Annual International Exhibition
Held online, May 1- May 31

2024, IFAC 16th National Juried Exhibition. First Place awarded.
Carr Gallery, Idaho Falls Arts Council, ID. March 14-June 2

2023, SAGE 13th Annual National Juried Show. Best of Show awarded.
Sep 5 – Oct 7, SAGE Community Arts, Sheridan, WY

2023, 7th Annual PURE COLOR: Online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings 2023. First Place awarded.
Sep 1 – Sep 30, 2023

2023, The Pastel Society of Colorado19th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition. First Place awarded.
May 12 – July 1, 2023, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO.

2023, Louisiana Watercolor Society 53rd Annual International Exhibition. Best of Show awarded.
May 1-19, 2023, Place St. Charles, New Orleans, Louisiana,

2023, Illinois Watercolor Society 39th National Exhibition. Honorable Mention awarded.
April 28 – May 28, 2023, The Next Picture Show, A Fine Arts Center, Dixon, Illinois

2023, Idaho Falls Arts Council 15th National Juried Exhibition. First Place awarded.
March 16 – May 28, 2023, Willard Arts Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho

2023, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open 2023 International
Oct 7 – Nov 30, 2023, online via PWS Website

2023, Northwest Watercolor Society 83rd Annual International Open Exhibition
Oct 14 – Nov 12, 2023, Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Camano Island, WA

2023, The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 44th Annual International Juried Exhibition
Sep 23 – Nov 4, 2023, Held ONLINE at www.pawcs.com

2023, National Watercolor Society 103rd International Open Exhibition
Oct 1 – Nov 5, 2023, NWS Gallery, 915 S Pacific Avenue, San Pedro CA.

2023, San Diego Watercolor Society 43rd International Exhibition.
Oct 1 – Nov 1, 2023, ArtWorks San Diego, San Diego, CA

2023, 50th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibition.
Sep 21 – Oct 28, 2023, Center for The Arts, Evergreen, CO

2022  Northwest Watercolor Society’s 82nd Annual International Open Exhibition 
Oct 28,2022- Jan 6

2022  “Un-Masked” Contemporary Portraiture National Juried Exhibition
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Long Beach Island, NJ. July 16-Aug 14 

2022   10th Anniversary of Green Mountain Watercolor National Exhibition 
Big Red Barn at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield, VT. June 20-July 24

2022   47th Western Federation Watercolor Societies Exhibition  
Expo New Mexico Fine Arts Building, Albuquerque, NM. May 6-June 5 

2021   Annual Idaho Watercolor Society Juried Membership Exhibition; Third Place Awarded.
Boise State University Student Union Gallery, Boise, ID. May 28-June 23

2021   46th Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition 
Utah Cultural Celebration Center, UT. May 6, 2021-June 23

2020  Idaho Falls Arts Council 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition; Third Place Awarded.
Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, ID. Mar 19-May 31

2017   49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition; Henry Fukuhara Memorial Awarded.
City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA. Oct. 14-Dec. 17

2015   Contemporary Painting 2015; Honorable Mention Awarded.
Western Colorado Center for the Art, Grand Junction, CO. May 15-June 24

2015   The Twenty-First Century Body, running concurrently with the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle.
Humanities & Arts department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, Oct 1-Nov 6

2010   “Yang Mo Tang” 2009 Juried Art Exhibition 
Yang Mo Tang Fine Arts Gallery, Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China 

2009   China’s National Chinese Paintings Juried Exhibition 2009
Anhui Museum, Anhui Province, China, Organized by Chinese Artists Association, China

2006   China’s 6th National Juried Exhibition Of Chinese Painting Art Museum of China, Beijing, China. Collected by Chinese Artists Association 

2005   China’s 7th Nationwide Juried Exhibition of Watercolor and Gouache
Zhengzhou Art Museum, Henan province, China, Organized by The Chinese Artists Association, China

2005   Beijing Artists Association: The 4th Juried Exhibition of Emerging Artists
CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

Group Exhibitions

2019   Colonial Centennial Exhibition
Carr Gallery / Willard Art Center, Idaho Falls, ID. Nov. 21-Jan. 5, 2020

2019   IMPACT: An Exhibition of SUU Art & Design Faculty and Alumni
Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, UT. Jan. 10-Mar. 15

2018   SUU Art & Design Faculty Annual Exhibition 2018
Southern Utah Museum of Art, , UT. Jan. 18-Feb. 24

2016   SUU Art & Design Faculty Annual Exhibition 2016
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, SUU, Cedar City, UT. Jan. 7-Feb. 6

2015   2015 Southern Utah Art Invitational
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, SUU, Cedar City, UT. June 26-Aug. 28

2015   Adams Theatre 2015 Farewell Art Exhibit
Randall L. Jones Theatre, Cedar City, UT. June 25-Oct. 31

2014   The 60th Anniversary Exhibition – Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China. Mar. 29-Apr. 8

2013   Chinese Now: Contemporary Portraits – Renmin University of China School of Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition 
 Ann Arbor Gallery, University of Michigan, MI. U.S. Nov. 15-Dec. 21 

2013   Inverse Conversations – Graduate Students & Faculty Art Exhibition, Renmin University of China and Arizona State University
798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing 798 Art Zone, China. Sep. 6-18

2013   Chinese People Now – Renmin University of China School of Arts Faculty Exhibition
Karl and Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University, NJ. June 5-Sep. 20

2009   Tenth Anniversary of the Establishment of School of Art, Renmin University – School of Arts & National Taiwan University of Arts Faculty Exhibition
School of Arts, Renmin University, Beijing, China