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Unconventional artist Mel Chin lectures March 31

Austin Peays Visiting Artist Lecture Series continues with a lecture by Creative Capital artist Mel Chin.

He will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, in the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center Auditorium, Clarksville.
Austin Peay's Visiting Artist Lecture Series continues with a lecture by Creative Capital artist Mel Chin.

He will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, in the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center Auditorium, Clarksville.

Known for provoking social awareness and responsibility through his art, Chin promotes art that ultimately benefits science or rejuvenates the economies of inner-city neighborhoods. In one such work, “Revival Field,” he worked with scientists to create sculpted gardens of hyperaccumulators—plants that draw heavy metals from contaminated areas—in some of the most polluted sites in the world.

A 1975 graduate of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Chin has created a variety of artwork, including a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic people facing persecution. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Grant, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and the California Institute for the Arts Herb Alpert Award.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the media, performing and visual arts in emerging fields.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone 7333.
—Terry Stringer