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Friday, October 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.2:30 p.m.
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Mel Chin was born in Houston in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. He also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.

Chin developed Revival Field (1989–ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of “green remediation,” the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. Chin’s film 9-11/9-11, a hand-drawn, twenty-four-minute, joint Chilean/US production, won the prestigious Pedro Sienna Award for Best Animation in 2007. His work was documented in the popular PBS program Art of the 21st Century

Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, as well as the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations.

This Distinguished Public Artist Lecture is presented by Public Art Saint Paul for its 30th Anniversary with cosponsorship by Great River Passage in the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the University of St. Thomas, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Department of Art at Macalester College, and Walker Art Center.