Maya Lin, 2000 Annunzio Award

Written by on July 15, 2000 in 2000, Educator, The Annunzio STEM Leadership Award

Maya Lin

Maya Lin

Maya Lin Studio
New York, NY

Ms. Lin was awarded the $10,000 Frank Annunzio Award in the Arts/Humanities field. Ms. Lin has established herself in both the art and architecture communities with her unique vision and sensibility. Her monuments, including The Women’s Table at Yale University, the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC, have been highly acclaimed for creating an intensely private experience within the most public context.

Critics have praised her works for their ability to bridge between Eastern and Western culture as they emphasize the personal and private nature of aesthetic experience, creating meditative and contemplative places in highly public places. Ms. Lin’s sensitivity to aesthetic concerns, her innovative approach to site specificity, and her ability to address complex historical and social issues have afforded her a unique place in contemporary culture, and her work continues to engage and inspire viewers in a manner unprecedented in contemporary art.

Ms. Lin’s strong concerns for environmental issues have led her to use recycled, living or natural materials in her work and to focus on sustainable and site sensitive design solutions. Her work closely relates to the landscape, geology and topography.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2000 Frank Annunzio Awards Evaluation Committee:

Reeve Lindbergh – President, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
Jack Valenti – Chief Executive Officer, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., Washington, D.C.
John C. Harper – Rector (Retired), St. John’s Church, Washington, D.C.


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