An Exhibit of Diversity, Community, Humanity and Environment
"We are part of a collective unconsciousness,
connected to one another
by our works, images, thoughts and writings.
We communicate to future generations
what we are, who we are and what we have been.
Hopefully influencing for the better, what we will become."
"Sculpting the Earth"
Maya Lin, artist and architect, was still an undergraduate at Yale University when she won the national design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be built near the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.
Her sculpture presented a profound vision and compassion, merging history, process and their legacy.
One of Maya's current on-going commissions is the Confluence Project; the creation of a series of seven large scale art/landscape installations along the Columbia River in which Lin has used the historic journey of Lewis and Clark through this place as a "lens" giving insight into the physical and cultural histories of these sites. The purpose is to transform our understanding of what we have been so that we can build a lasting stewardship into the future.
She is also currently working on the "What is Missing?" project creating public awareness about habitat and loss.
Maya has won international acclaim for her site-specific art and architecture projects. In 2005, she was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the National Women's Hall of Fame.
She has served as an advisor on sustainable energy use, and as a board member of the National Resources Defense Council. She was also a member of the jury that selected the design of the World Trade Center Site Memorial.
In 2009, his first year in office, President Barack Obama awarded Maya Lin the National Medal of Arts. In his last year in office, 2016, the president recognized Maya Lin's achievements with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
During the ceremony, President Obama said: 'The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has changed the way we think about monuments, but also about how we think about sacrifice, and patriotism, and ourselves. Boldly challenging our understanding of the world, Maya Lin's work has brought people together in spirits of rememberance, introspection and humility. The manipulation of natural terrain and topography within her works inspires us to to bridge our differences and recognize the gravity of our collective existance. Her pieces have changed the landscape of our country and influenced the dialogue of our society, never more profoundly than with her tribute to the Americans who fell in Vietnam by cutting a wound into the Earth to create a sacred place of healing in our Nation's capital."