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UNC Asheville Awarded Nearly $2 Million Grant from the Windgate Foundation for STEAM Initiatives and Center for Craft Partnership
October 4, 2018 University of North Carolina Asheville
UNC Asheville has been awarded a second three-year grant from the Windgate Foundation to elevate craft and collaborative making on campus and in the community. The $1,996,450 grant will fund programs and positions in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, support a continuing partnership with the Center for Craft, expand teen mentorship and making programs, build community gallery spaces and a national craft innovation hub in downtown Asheville, and provide operational support for creative placekeeping and field building initiatives, locally and across the United States. Read More

Meet Jenny Lind on Times Square, NYC
Nordstjernan | August 19, 2018
An installation in central New York City showcases the world renowned Swedish singer. Read More


Waking up in NYC: Mel Chin + UNC Asheville in Times Square
AVL Today | July 19, 2018 | Mary Willison
After months in the making, local artist Mel Chin’s sculpture, Wake, which he worked on with a team of students, faculty and community artists in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, was revealed to the public last week in Times Square. Read More


Mel Chin creation (with UNC-A) opens in NY’s Times Square
The Tribune Papers | July 19, 2018
Designed, engineered, sculpted and fabricated in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, Mel Chin’s Wake sculptural installation was officially unveiled in New York City’s Times Square at a public and media event held July 11. Read More


Sink or Sink: Mel Chin in Times Square
Art in America | July 17, 2018 | by Sean J Patrick Carney
Surveying the spectacular bedlam around me, I spotted my mark: a large carcass of a wooden ship beached at the southern part of the square near 46th and Broadway, the ribs of its armature jutting skyward. Read More


Mel Chin's “Wake” and “Unmoored” Unveiled in Times Square
BLOUIN ARTINFO | July 18, 2018
Times Square Arts in collaboration with Queens Museum and No Longer Empty is showcasing Mel Chin’s large-scale sculpture “Wake” and mixed reality public art project “Unmoored” — developed with Microsoft — to explore a surrealistic experience of rising waters in Times Square. The works are on view through September 5 as part of “Mel Chin: All Over the Place.” Read More


This Mixed-Reality Art Project Submerges Times Square
Culture Trip | July 16, 2018 | by Rachel Gould, Art & Design Editor
At the intersection of art and technology, Mel Chin’s large-scale animatronic sculpture, Wake, and its mixed-reality counterpart, Unmoored, are now on view in Times Square. The landmark public art project gives a glimpse of the world’s dystopian future should climate change remain unchecked. Read More


Mel Chin Takes Over Times Square
Glasstire | July 13, 2018 | by Paula Newton
Glasstire is proud to report on Houston native Mel Chin and his various art projects across the globe and now he’s taken over Times Square in New York City. The conceptual artist has dealt with political issues before and now he’s addressing climate change head on. Read More


Times Square floods in 'Unmoored,' an AR art experience by Mel Chin and Microsoft
Glasstire | July 12, 2018 | by Shaye Weaver
Like something out of a natural disaster film like “The Day After Tomorrow,” Times Square is submerged underwater and boats have replaced car traffic in a new augmented reality experience by artist Mel Chin called “Unmoored.” Read More


Art exhibit shows New York's Times Square submerged in water
Al Jazeera | July 12, 2018 | by Kristen Saloomey | VIDEO
The exhibition by Mel Chin shows the observer the links between the shipping that helped make New York City a global commercial hub and the consumption that drives climate change.Read More


Artist Mel Chin Floods Times Square With Virtual Reality Art to Sound the Alarm on Climate Change
Artnet News | July 12, 2018 | by Sarah Cascone
Visitors to New York’s Times Square can sink deep beneath the ocean waves this summer with Wake and Unmoored, a two-part mixed reality art installation from conceptual artist Mel Chin. Read More


Experience A Submerged Times Square Using Mixed Reality
Architect | July 12, 2018 | by Ayda Ayoubi
Artist Mel Chin's "Unmoored" imagines a future where New York's Midtown Manhattan is submerged in water. Read More


Artist Mel Chin's Animatronic Sculpture Officially Unveiled Today In Times Square
Broadway World | July 11, 2018 | BWW News Desk
Visitors will be invited to engage with the sixty-foot animatronic installation Wake, which evokes the hull of a 19th century shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. Read More


U.S. artist 'floods' Times Square to bring climate change to life
Reuters | July 11, 2018 | Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Manhattan’s Times Square was “flooded” on Wednesday in a multi-media art display aiming to show how climate change could lead to sea levels rising over low-lying sections of New York City. Read More


STEAM in NYC
4.16.2018 University of North Carolina Asheville
Climate change. The price of commercialism. Conceptual artist Mel Chin’s installation in Times Square this summer is designed to provoke thinking on these issues from the millions who will see it every week. And UNC Asheville students have been working since August with Chin, the university’s Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow for fall semester, to bring his ideas to fruition. Read More

2017 News Stories

Xpress presents: 2017 Asheville Innovators — Sara Sanders and Brent Skidmore
12.2.2017 Mountain Xpress
Marked by a variety of characteristics, innovation can be found in multiple disciplines. But all innovators set out in front of the pack, bushwhacking a trail where none exists. Innovative organizations and projects bring outside-the-box thinking to problems or present a refreshing take on the status quo. Read More


Artist Mel Chin works with UNC Asheville students, faculty
10.17.2017 Citizen-Times
ASHEVILLE - Mel Chin, the renowned artist and Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow at UNC Asheville for 2017-18, is using his fellowship to engage students across disciplines in large-scale projects for even larger audiences. Working with students in art, engineering and new media, Chin’s plans include huge physical and “AR” (augmented reality) installations... Read More


Mechatronics Creative Collision"Creative Collision" in Mechatronics, STEAM Studio
June 2017 Higher Education Works
ASHEVILLE – UNC Asheville is the only institution in the University of North Carolina System that offers Mechatronics Engineering, which combines the disciplines of engineering and computer science with design, art and sculpture. “It’s a creative collision,” Chancellor Mary Grant says in the accompanying video. “It’s asking the question, ‘What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?’ instead of just coming in and fixing something.” Read More


Mechatronics Creative CollisionUNC Asheville Makerspace Brings Together Engineering, Art, Computer Science
1.12.17 CampusTechnology.com
The University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNC Asheville) last month opened a new makerspace that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among students, encouraging engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to work alongside each other as well as faculty and staff experts. The new STEAM Studio is located adjacent to campus at the River Arts Makers Place (RAMP). Read More

2016 News Stories