Vivian Sming

Artist and publisher

Vivian Sming is an artist and publisher who experiments with books as art, discourse, exhibition, and archive. Since 2017, Sming has published a wide range of artists’ books through their studio Sming Sming Books. They work in close collaboration with artists whose works and ideas inform design, material, and printing choices. Sming is committed to promoting critical discourse, advancing cultural equity, and creating alternative sites of knowledge production through the act of publishing. Their books are publicly accessible in over 130 libraries worldwide, and have been featured in aperture, Art in America, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. Sming Sming Books has received Printed Matter’s Shannon Michael Cane Memorial Award, a San Francisco Art Book Fair Publishing Grant, and Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant. Sming was previously a Fellow at YBCA, Curatorial Fellow at the Letterform Archive, and Guest Curator for the Vancouver Art Book Fair’s programs.