Mel Chin


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Mel Chin

Burnsville, NC


Conceptual visual artist Mel Chin has garnered international acclaim for his use of art to spread political awareness and expose social injustice, working with sculpture, video, and land art, among other mediums.





  • Mel Chin’s influential oeuvre played a key role in the rise of conceptual art in the 1970’s and in exposing environmental concerns through art
  • His land-based work Operation Paydirt (2008-ongoing), has mobilized over 400,000 people, inspired by his vision of a New Orleans with lead-free soil
  • He knows how to make an entrance –his presentation at the 2009 Summit remains one of our all time favorites. Check it out here!