The Art of Mel Chin

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Have you seen the art of “Recolecciones” at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library? The "Recoleccions" is the Spanish word for "recollections” and the artwork collection is in many areas of the library. However, have you asked yourself who is the artist behind all of this? Mel Chin is an internationally recognized conceptual artist. The artist was born 1951 in Houston Texas, and he graduated from Peabody College in Nashville Tennessee. In 2007 he received a commendation from the San José City Council for his public artwork at Downtown San José's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. He is the recipient of many multiple awards including the US National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations and Nancy Graves Foundation Award. His artwork has been shown in venues around the world. Maryland Institute College of Art states that Mel Chin 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." PBS describes Mel Chin’s art as both analytical and poetic. Which one is your favorite art work at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library?

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