FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 29, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens

ward.mullens@emich.edu

734.487-4400

ACTIVIST ARTIST MEL CHIN TO SPEAK AT EMU APRIL 10

YPSILANTI - Activist artist Mel Chin, whose works have dealt with some of the most serious issues of our day, will speak at Eastern Michigan University, Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., in the Halle Library Auditorium, Ypsilanti. The library is at Oakwood and West Circle Drive, on EMU's main campus.

A reception for the artist follows in Ford Gallery in Ford Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Chin is best known for his environmental remediation project, Revival Field at the Pig's Eye Landfill, near St. Paul, Minnesota, and for SPORE, Sustainable Production Organized in Regard to Environment, which was developed as a proposal for the International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit. With SPORE, Chin proposed to lower the roof of an abandoned house in Detroit to ground level in order to use it to grow specialty mushrooms for sale in local restaurants. A maquette and drawing for this project were recently displayed at the Battle Creek Art Center in its Unintended Consequences exhibition.

A graduate of Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, Chin served as the Lamar Dodd Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Georgia from 1994-1997. He has won numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1988; a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts' Artists' Projects/New Forms Award.

The lecture is sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Art Department. For information, contact Julie Myers, at (734) 487-1213.

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