The YoungArts Salon Series brings together creative alumni voices and offers audiences an opportunity to engage with internationally renowned and emerging artists.
Join us on October 19 for an intimate discussion about art as activism, social practice and artists as citizens with acclaimed artists Teresita Fernandez, Mel Chin and Chat Travieso (2003 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).
6:30 PM | COCKTAILS
7 PM | SALON TALK
About the artists:
Teresita Fernández is an artist best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. Fernández’s experiential, large-scale works are often inspired by a rethinking of the meaning of landscape and place, as well as by diverse historical and cultural references. Her sculptures present spectacular illusions that evoke natural phenomena and engage audiences in immersive art experiences and conceptual way-finding.
Mel Chin, born in Houston, Texas in 1951, is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.
Chat Travieso is an artist, designer and educator who creates community-based public art projects that reinforce social bonds in our public spaces. Travieso creates playful and functional urban interventions and public art projects that build or reinforce social bonds in public spaces. Working closely with local residents, businesses, and community groups in various stages of a project, his work considers ways cities can be more open to communities that are often excluded from dominant systems of urban development by offering uplifting and visually striking responses to people’s everyday needs.