A new work by the internationally acclaimed artist Maya Lin has been commissioned for the grounds adjacent to the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
. Princeton Universitys installation will provide a landmark for visitors to campus and an invigorated outdoor setting for students to stage ad hoc performances and enjoy plein air classes. Additional details about the commission will be announced later in September.
A 2016 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Lin first achieved national recognition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; she was an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was selected in a national competition. During the course of her remarkable interdisciplinary career, Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work that includes large-scale, site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorials.
Maya Lin was awarded a B.A. in 1981 and a Master of Architecture in 1986, both from Yale, and has maintained a professional studio in New York City since. She currently serves on the Boards of the Bloomberg Foundation, the What is Missing? Foundation and the Museum of Chinese in America. Lin is a former member of the Yale Corporation, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Energy Foundation. She lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Wolf, and their two children. She is represented by The Pace Gallery.
Princeton University boasts one of the most significant public art collections in the United States, including masterworks by over 50 major artists, such as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, David Smith, Tony Smith, Michele Oka Doner, Frank Gehry, Gaston Lachaise, Jacques Lipchitz, Antoine Pevsner, Pablo Picasso, George Rickey, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, George Segal, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Richard Serra. A campus art initiative launched in 2008 to expand the Universitys existing collection of historical campus art with commissions by living artists is currently undertaking numerous commissions and loans and has brought to campus works by artists such as Shahzia Sikander, Doug and Mike Starn, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sol Lewitt, Odili Donald Odita, Kendall Buster, Jim Isermann and Beverly Pepper.