Artist Mel Chin will join GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design as the inaugural William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement for the 2016-2017 academic year. During his appointment, Mr. Chin will teach classes and collaborate with Corcoran students and faculty to design and execute a project that engages the Washington, D.C., community.
Mr. Chin will be the first of three visiting faculty members to serve in the position, and successive individuals selected for this role will be chosen from the expanding field of socially and publicly engaged art practice.
Funded by a grant administered by the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor position builds on the school’s robust community engagement legacy and enables the Corcoran to drive social change at the local level. By engaging directly with the D.C. community, this position will enhance the school’s ability to listen and respond to the city’s broader needs.
Mr. Chin brings more than 40 years of experience as an artist whose cross-disciplinary work defies boundaries in order to influence people’s realities and provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.
Throughout his prolific career, known for its fluidity and diversity, Mr. Chin has shown in solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Menil Collection in Houston. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, and his work has been documented in PBS’ Art in the Twenty-First Century.
“Mel Chin embodies the values of creativity, innovation, and empathy that the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design embrace,” Corcoran Director Sanjit Sethi said. “Mel is a passionate, creative practitioner who is dedicated to addressing some of the most pressing issues of our times, and I know he will be an invaluable resource to the students at the Corcoran and to the broader D.C. community.”