Mel Chin

Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas 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. From 1995-1998 he formed the collective the GALA Committee that produced In the Name of the Place a public art project conducted on American prime-time television. In 2018 he filled New York’s Times Square with, Wake, on the ground, and Unmoored, in the air, creating an experiential portal into a past maritime industry and a future of rising waters.

He is the recipient of many awards, grants, and honorary degrees including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2019, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century.