Maya Lin • 2014 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize
In her remarkable career, treat Maya Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work within both art and architecture that includes large-scale site-specific installations, sovaldi intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorials. In her large-scale environmental artworks such as the recent A Fold in the Field (2013), Storm King Wavefield (2009) and the epoch-making Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, she has consistently explored how we experience and relate to the landscape, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, time and language. Her studio artworks, which have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad (most recently at the Pace Gallery in London and New York and at the Parrish Art Museum), often build upon advanced technological methods of visualizing geographic features to inspire a deeper relationship between the viewer and the natural world. Her architectural projects, which are often undertaken at the request of non-profit institutions, include the recently completed Museum for Chinese in America in New York City and the Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel and Langston Hughes Library for the Children’s Defense Fund in Clinton, Tennessee.
A committed environmentalist, Maya Lin is now working on what she anticipates will be her final redefinition of the memorial, What Is Missing?, which focuses on the current crisis of biodiversity and directs attention not toward the past but the future, and the potential for saving species and habitats. An ongoing multi-site work, What Is Missing? exists in select scientific institutions, as a website and as a book. It debuted in its first iteration at the California Academy of Sciences in 2009 with a sound and media sculpture installation.
David Henry Hwang, Chair – David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Golden Child, Yellow Face and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also a screenwriter, and America’s most-produced living opera librettist. David is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His recent play, Chinglish, recently seen on Broadway, won the 2011 Jeff Award for Best New Work, and was named Best American Play of 2011 by TIME Magazine. In 2012 he was the Residency One Playwright at NYC’s Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, including the world premiere of his work, Kung Fu. He is the director of Columbia University’s School of the Arts’ M.F.A. program in playwriting.
Ella Baff – Ella Baff is the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage at the Andrew Mellon Foundation, where she is responsible for grant making to art museums, performing arts organizations, art and conservation centers, and art programs within institutions of higher education. Prior to her work at the Mellon Foundation, Baff was the celebrated
Executive Director of Jacob’s Pillow. Under her leadership, the Festival received the National Medal of Arts and was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Baff has co-chaired the International Society for the Performing Arts Congress in New York and serves on the board of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She has received several awards, including a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture.
Fairfax Dorn – Fairfax Dorn is the Executive Director of Ballroom Marfa, a non-profit cultural space located in Marfa, TX, her home town. Established in 2003, Ballroom Marfa helps artists and curators achieve projects that are not possible in traditional gallery or museum settings. The organization’s mission is to present innovative expressions of humanity with a focus on the visual arts, music, film and performance. Ballroom Marfa’s board of directors includes luminaries in contemporary art from around the United States. Fairfax was served on the board of Exit Art and is a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art
Clive Gillinson – Clive Gillinson is the Executive and Artistic Director at Carnegie Hall, where he develops and curates the artistic concepts for over 170 programs ranging from orchestral concerts, to jazz, to world music. Under his direction, Carnegie Hall has expanded, bringing its music out of the concert halls with large-scale citywide festivals. Prior to heading Carnegie Hall, Gillinson was the Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was trained as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music.
Gillinson has served on several boards, including the Association of British Orchestras and the National Endowment for Science. He was awarded the Commander of the British Empire, Making Music Sir Charles Grove Prize, Knight Bachelor, and the Eastman School of Music’s Luminary Award.
Carrie Mae Weems – Carrie Mae Weems is a contemporary American Artist who has developed a complex body of work using photographs, text, fabric, audio, installation, and video to explore family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and power. Her work is represented in collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. She has participated in solo shows and group exhibitions at major museums including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Prospect.3 New Orleans, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain.
Weems has received numerous awards including the Prix de Roma, The National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, the Alpert, the US Department of State’s Medals of Arts, the MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and BET Honors Visual Artist award.