Born in Houston, Texas, 1951


Peabody College, Nashville, TN, BA, 1975


2011“The Funk and Wag From A to Z,” Nave Museum, Victoria, TX
2011“Mel Chin,” Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne, GR
2010“Disputed Territories,” Museum Het Domein, Sittard Netherlands, traveling exhibition*
2007"MEL CHIN, LAMENTATIONS and DRAWINGS. Exhibit A: Safe, Shape of a Lie, More to Tell, 
Exhibit B: Fun(d) and Games," Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NYC
2006“Do Not Ask Me”, Station Museum, Houston, TX
2003“Render,” Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NYC
2002“Ecovention”, CAC, Cincinnati, OH
2001“Knowmad,” Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NYC
1997-1999"Inescapable Histories," Exhibits USA, traveling exhibition*
1995“Anxious Objects,” Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO
1992"Soil and Sky," The Fabric Workshop and Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, PA*
1991"Mel Chin," Menil Collection, Houston, TX*
"Degrees of Paradise," Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC*
1990"Viewpoints: Mel Chin," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, traveling exhibition *
1989"Directions: Mel Chin," Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC * 
1988"Selected Weapons," Frumkin/Adams Gallery, NYC
1987"The Operation of the Sun Through the Cult of the Hand," Loughelton Gallery, NYC*
1985"Modus Operandi: 1974-1985," Diverse Works, Houston, TX
1976, 1977Robinson Galleries, Houston, TX


2008"Safehouse", installation at St. Rock Community, New Orleans, LA
2007"9-11/9-11", animated film, based on original comic book
2006-ongoingFundred Dollar Bill Project/Operation Paydirt
2005 "UNTITLED HISTORY," City of Corpus Christi, TX, Commission, national competition, permanent installation
2004"S.O.S. MOMENT," in association with Art 21, video documentary
1999-2005 “RECOLECCIONES: SAN JOSE LIBRARY PROJECT," Commission, national
competition, permanentinstallation, San Jose California
1996-1999"ADDISON ROAD PROJECT," Commission, national competition, team design with Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, permanent installation, Addison, TX
1996-1998"HOUSTON SESQUICENTENNIAL PARK MONUMENT," Commission, permanent installation, Houston, TX
1996"SCRATCH," Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY*
1995"GOUGE," Monuments to Murder Victims, New York Times Magazine, April 9
"LANDMIND," West Queens High School, Percent for Arts Commission, permanent installation, NYC
"SIGNAL," Broadway/Lafayette Subway Station Design, Metro Transit Authority, Commission, NYC, permanent installation
1994-1999"THRESHOLD," Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA, Commission, 
permanent installation
1994"HEARTFELT" Storefront for Art and Architecture, Eco Tec International, Corsica, France
1992 –"STATE OF HEAVEN," collaborative international project, US, Canada, Turkey, 
Initiated: Spring
Sites: Floriadepark, Zoetermeer / rural Netherlands
"GALLERY," simultaneous installation: Capp Street Project, S F, CA, Three Rivers Arts Festival
Pittsburgh, PA, May*
Harvested: October 1991, 1992, and 1993
Site: Pig's Eye Landfill, St. Paul, MN (a designated Hazardous Waste State Superfund site)
Site: Palmerton, PA (a designated Hazardous Waste Federal Superfund site)
1990"GHOST," site specific installation: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT*
1989"FORGETTING TIANANMEN, KENT STATE, TLATELOLCO," performance and production in collaboration with the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
1986- Max Hutchinson Sculpture Fields, Kenoza Lake, NY
1986"ECLIPTIC FENCE,' commissioned work, private collection, Houston, TX
1984-1985"MYRRHA/P.I.A," Bryant Park (Public Art Fund), NYC
1978-present "THE MANILA PALM," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1976WATER WHEEL/KEEPING STILL (The Great Wheel of China)," Univ of Houston/Clearlake, TX
"THE EARTH WORKS: SEE-SAW," Houston Arts Festival, Hermann Park, Houston, TX
"A SUBURBAN CELL," 3511 Main Street, Houston, TX
"CONDITIONS FOR MEMORY," installation: Central Park Arts Commission, New York, NY


2009"The Flag," Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA,
"No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston," Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
2008"Close Encounters: Facing The Future," American University Museum, Washington, DC.
"Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY,
"Ornithology: Looking at Birds," University of Connecticut
2005"Road in Sight", Duke University, Durham, NC
"Down the Garden Path", Queens Museum of Art, Long Island City, NY
2004"Freedom Salon," Deitch Projects, New York, NY, 1999-2000
"Botanica, Contemporary Art and the World of Plants," Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, July 20 –October 12, 1999, traveling exhibition *
2003"Signatures of the Invisible," PS1, New York, NY
2002"A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals," Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY, traveling*
"Selections from the Collection of Wilhelm Schürmann," Stadehaus Museum, Dusseldorf, GR *
"The Culture of Violence," Amherst College Museum, Amherst, MASS, traveling*
"Ecoventions," Cincinnati Art Center, Cincinnati, OH* 
Max Protetch Gallery, Winter
2001Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France*
"Tele(Visions)," Kunsthalle, Vienna, AU*
"One Planet Under A Groove," Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, traveling*
2000"Texas," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Spring*
"Money-Making: The Fine Art of Currency," The Federal Reserve, Washington, D.C., traveling exhibition*
1999"Natural Reality, Artistic Positions Between Nature and Culture," Ludwig Forum for
International Art, Aachen, Germany*
"World Views," Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN*
1997Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Boston College, Boston, MA
"Uncommon Sense," Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, *
Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea*
Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO*
Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX
1996"In Print: Contemporary Artists at the Vinal Haven Press *
"Embedded Metaphor," Ringling Museum of Art, *
Western Washington University
Bowdin College Museum of Art
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
Wesleyan University
"Art at the End of the 20th Century," Whitney Museum, NYC*
National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Greece*
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain
Kuntsmuseum Bonn, Germany
"Push/Pause," Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL*
"Thinking Print," Museum of Modern Art, NYC
"Is It Art? Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, traveling exhibition*
1995"Murder," Bergamot Station Art Center, Santa Monica, CA*
Thread Waxing Space, NYC
Centre Gallery, FL
"Magic Objects," Munich, GER*
"Grounded," ART/OMI, Omi, NY
"Texas Myths and Realities," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1994"New York Artists," Prague, CZ, February, 
"Out of This World," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, March
"The Lure of the Local," University of Colorado at Boulder, March
"The Garbage Show," Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, April
"Public Interventions," ICA, Boston, MA, April
"Landscape As Metaphor," Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, traveling exhibition, May*
"Equal Rights and Justice," High Museum, Atlanta, GA*
"Fifth Biennial of Havana," National Museum of Fine Arts, Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, CUBA
"Refuse/Refuse," Honolulu Academy of Arts, HI*
"Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art," Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, OH*
"Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art"
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC*
Armand Hammer Collection, LA, CA
1993"From Destruction to Reclamation: Art and the Environment in the Nineties," Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC*
"Exposition Differentes Natures," traveling exhibition, La Defense, Paris, FR*
"Kunst-Kultur-Okologie," Bea Voigt Gallery, Munich, GER
"Natural Unnatural," TZ Art & Company, New York
1992"Beyond Glory: Re-Presenting Terrorism," Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD*
"The Retangled Bank," E. M. Donahue Gallery, NYC
"Allocations: Art for a Natural and Artificial Environment," Floriadepark, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
"Putt Modernism," traveling exhibition, Artists Space, NYC
"Fragile Ecologies," traveling exhibition, Smithsonian Museum, originating
The Queens Museum of Art, NYC*
"Markets of Resistance," White Columns, New York*
1991"The Subversive Stitch," Simon Watson Gallery, NYC
"Glass: Material in the Service of Meaning," Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA*
"Salvage Utopia," A/C Project Room, NYC
1990"Tradition and Innovation: A Museum Celebration of Texas Art," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"The Fifth Essence," Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
"International Memorial Arts Festival: China: June 4," ICA (P.S.1), Long Island City, NY
"This Land: The State of Texas," Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, TX
"The Conceptual Impulse," Security Pacific Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA* 
"Garbage Out Front: A New Era of Public Design," The Municipal Art Society, NYC
"Diverse Representations," Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey* 
1989"Sculpture: Part II," Frumkin/Adams Gallery, NYC
"China, June 4, 1989," Blum Helman Warehouse, NYC
1988"Spectrum: New Developments in Three Dimensions," Frumkin/Adams Gallery, NYC
"Texas Art: Selections from the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Trustees' Collections of the Contemporary Arts Museum," Menil Collection, Houston, TX* 
"Art Against Aids," Benefit Exhibition and Auction, Houston, TX
"Public Art in Chinatown," Asian American Arts Center, NYC
1987"The Double Bind," Loughelton Gallery, NYC
"Notes on the Virtual," Loughelton Gallery, NYC
1986"The Texas Landscape 1900 - 1986," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX* 
1983"Showdown/Lowdown: Art of the Southwest," Alternative Museum, NYC
"Seen/Unseen," Diverse Works, Houston, TX
"Benefit for Amnesty International, USA," Diverse Works, Houston, TX*
1982"Prisoners of Conscience," traveling exhibition organized by Amnesty International, 
Studio One, Houston, TX*
1979"Fire," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1977"Houston Area," Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX

* catalogue


2011Astrid Wege. “Mel Chin: Thomas Rehbein Galerie”, ARTFORUM, Sept. 2011, pg. 360-61
2011James Harithas, Marcia Brennan, Paul Farmer, James Metcalf, Eugenie Tsai, and Mel
Chin, Do Not AskMe, exhib. cat., Station Museum of Art, Houston, TX
2010Jeffrey Cudlin. “Working By Any Means Necessary, A Conversation with Mel Chin,” Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 29, No.2
2010Alex Grey, Allison Grey, "Revival Field," COSM: Journal of Visionary Culture, Volume 6
2009Critic's Picks,
2007Edward Leffingwell. “Mel Chin at Frederieke Taylor”, September 2007
2007___. NY SUN, April 2007.
2006Michael Reid, "Twin Traumas: A Graphic Link", Victoria Times Colonist (October 30, 2006)
Christopher French. "Mel Chin", ArtPapers, (Sept/Oct 2006).
2005David Bjelajac, American Art A Cultural History, Prentice Hall, second edition (2005):472-3.
2004Kelly Klaasmeyer, "Should We Stay or Should We Go?" Houston Press (Nov. 11-17, 2004)
_____, "Art Reflects Politics at Station," Houston Chronicle (Oct. 30, 2004).
Suzanne Stephens with Ian Luna; foreword by Robert Ivy, Imagining Ground Zero, Rizzoli &
Architectural Record, (2004)
2003Jack Fischer, "Mel Chin's ideas enliven S.J. library, San Jose Mercury News, August 24
Michael S. Gant, "Biblio Art," Metro, Metroactive Home, August 17-23
Jack Fischer, "Full of Surprises," San Jose Mercury News, August 7
Holland Cotter, “Art in Review: Mel Chin,” New York Times, March 21
Dziewior, Yilmaz, Artforum, Summer, 2000, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (vol. 38. Nr.10).
Eugenia Tsai, “Mel Chin,” Time Out New York (March 21, 2003).
2002Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, second edition, Harry N. Abrams, Prentice Hall (2002):1179-1180
ERDE, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Schriftenreihe Forum/ Band 11
Susan Wines, “Where the twin towers stood,” Domus, 846, March
2001Susan Sollins, Susan Dowling, Producers, Art of the 21st Century, PBS Documentary, airing Fall, (2001) Abrams book pub.
Gregory Montreuil, “Mel Chin,” New Art Examiner (March 2001):53.
Carol Milano, “Rugs as Computer Game, The KNOWMAD Show,” AREA (Spring 2001):64-67.
Gene Ray, ed., Joseph Beuys, Mapping the Legacy, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, D.A.P.,New York, NY
Gilles A. Tiberghien, Nature, Art, Paysage, Actes Sud/Ecole Nationale Superieure Du Paysage/Centre Du Paysage, (2001): 191-192.

_____, “My Relation to Joseph Beuys is Overrated,” JOSEPH BEUYS Mapping the Legacy, Gene Ray, ed., The John andMable Ringling Museum of Art, D.A.P., New York, NY
“Art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century,” produced by Art21, Inc., New York, for PBS television broadcast. Featured artist segment.
Trans # 8, Sao Paulo/ New York City (2001):174-182.
2000Franklin Sirmans, “Mel Chin: KNOWMAD” Time Out, New York, NY, December (illus).
Barbara Nemitz, Trans/Plant, LIVING VEGETATION IN CONTEMPORARY ART, Hatje Cantz
_____, “Three Houston History Lessons,” Good, Toni Beauchamp, pub., Houston, TX
Tom Finkelpearl, Dialogues in Public Art, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA
Alison de Lima Greene, Texas, exhib. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Peter Spooner, Botanica, Contemporary Art and the World of Plants, exhib. cat., Tweed Museum ofArt, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
1999Heike Strelow, Natural Reality, The Unity of Man and Nature: Between Desire and Reality,” 
exhib. cat., Daco, Verlag, Stuttgart, (1999):112-113 (illus.)
_____, “I See … the insurgent mechanics of infection,” ECO-TEC Architecture of the In-Between, 
Princeton Architectural Press, Amerigo Marras, ed., (illus.)
_____, On the Beaten Track: tourism, art, and place, The New Press, (1999):118,143 (illus.).
1998Tom Patterson, "Bring Along Your Brain," WInston-Salem Journal, October 4,
Visual Art Page.
Philippe Rahm, "Sous les pavés, l'herbe," l'architecture d'aujourd'hui (June, 1998):100.
Dan Cameron, "Opening Salvos, Part Two," Arts Magazine, February
Alice Thorson, "Melrose Art," The Kansas City Star, Section K (Feb. 1, 1998):1,3.
Joshua Decter, "Prime Time: 'In the Name of the Place' of Art and Television,'" exhib. cat. for In the Name of the Place, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
Jeffrey Kastner, ed., Land and Environmental Art, Phaidon, (1998):168, 264-265).
_____, "Dancing in the name of art," The Daily Evergreen, WSU, Pullman, WA (February 10, 1998):1 (photo).
1997_____, "Artist visits project with BBC in tow," Houston Chronicle, Zest Section (Dec. 7, 1997)
_____, "Art on the Set," Civilization (August-September 1997):29.
Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, Gardens, art space, Downtown/Neartown, July 16
Betsy Sharkey, "Art for Art's Sake. On Fox," Mediaweek (July 7, 1997):16,17.
Charles Dee Mitchell, "Critical Imagery," The Dallas Morning News (July 2, 1997):31A.
Jena McGregor, "UGA-directed art project gives Melrose Place a social conscience," 
Patricia C. Phillips, “Subverting Landscape,” Public Art Review, Vol. 8, No.2, Issue 16
(Spring/Summer 1997):4-8.
Flagpole Magazine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Vol. 11, No. 24 (June 18, 1997):6.
Ute Meta Bauer and Fareed Armaly, “Mel Chin Conversando con Ute Meta Bauer y Fareed Armaly” 
Georgia Magazine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (June 1997):10.
_____, "Masterpiece Theatre," Village Voice (April 22, 1997):45,46.
Giovanni Intra, “report from los angeles,”, reviews, April 16, 1997. 
Kristen Wyatt, "'Melrose' Set a Canvas for Students' Art," The Red & Black (April 1, 1997):1. 
Ted Katauskas, “Agitpop,” Talk Of the Town, The New Yorker, (March 24, 1997):35.
Christopher Knight, “The Socio-Art Genre,” Los Angeles Times, Section F (March 18, 1997):1.
Kristine McKenna, “Cause and Effects,” L.A. Times, Calendar (March 16, 1997):5.
Christine McKenna, Los Angeles Times (March 16, 1997).
Julie Phillips, “Athens Artist And Students Place Art On Popular Melrose TV Show,” Athen Banner-Herald , Section A (March 10, 1997):11.
Kazuko Nakane, “Mel Chin at Western Washington University,” Vol 2, No. 3, Artweek
(March 1997):33. 
Marita Sturken "Negotiating Art: The Artist and the Museum," exhib. cat., Uncommon Sense
MOCA. Los Angeles
Aprile Gallant, “Getting Graphic: Experimentation at the Vinalhaven Press,” In Print - Contemporary Artists at the Vinalhaven Press, exhib. cat., traveling exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine (1997).
_____, The Lure of the Local, senses of place in a multi-centered society, The New Press, (1997):94,191.
1996_____, "The Edge That Cuts . . . ," exhib. cat. for INESCAPABLE HISTORIES, 
SCRATCH,, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY 1996.
Benito Huerta, "Inescapable Histories, Inward Gaze to the World," exhib. cat. Inescapable Histories, Exhibits USA (1996). 
Linda Weintraub, Art On the Edge and Over, Art Insights, Inc., (1996):45-50 (illus.) 
Exhibits, USA
1995Steven Litt, "NOVA takes one small step for arts," The Plain Dealer (Oct. 25, 1995).
_____, "Alchimie Auf Verseuchtem Grund," Der Standard, Album, Sept. 22, 1995):3. 
_____, "Ex-Houstonian Wins California Arts Award," Houston Chronicle (May 5, 1995).
_____, "Murder," exhib. cat., Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA (1995).
Sally Kuzma, "Myth-Making and Myth-Breaking: Multiple Meanings in Mel Chin's Revival Field," 
Art Criticism, Vol. 10, No. 2 (1995):82-93.
Peter Boswell, "Viewpoints: Mel Chin," exhib. cat., Walker Art Center, Minneapolis , MN
1994Phyllis Rosser, "Mel Chin's Invisible Architecture," Public Art Review (Fall/Winter 1994):30.
_____, "Making Trouble," High Performance (Winter 1994): 18-21.
Tracey C. Hummer, Review, dialogue Nov/Dec 1994):31-34.
Teri Dunn, "Cleansing Gardens," Sanctuary-The Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society
(Sept/Oct 1994):15-17.
Yasuhiro Kuchiura, "Another Story of the Earth," FUJI Television, (June 1994).
_____, "Visible Man," The Village Voice (Nov. 22, 1994):31-34.
Catherine Fox, "Equal Rights & Justice," The Atlanta Constitution, (June 5, 1994):N12.
Steven Rosen, "Landscape as Metaphor Charts Unusual Terrain," The Denver Post, Section A
(May 8, 1994):1,16.
John Beardsley, "Mel Chin," Visions of America: Landscape As Metaphor in the Late Twentieth Century, exhib. cat., Denver Art Museum and Columbus Art Museum
Thelma Golden, Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art; 
exhib. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art
Martin Friedman, Visions of America: Landscape As Metaphor in the Late Twentieth Century, , Denver Art Museum and Columbus Art Museum, (1994). 
Susan Krane, exhib. cat. for Equal Rights & Justice, High Museum of Art, (1994).
1993Dennis L. Dollens, "Bon Barrage . . . Storefront and Eco Tec," Telescope Magazine
(Winter 1993): 104-117.
_____, "Eco-Tec," SITES, Summer
_____, "Night Rap," Social Text, 35 (Summer): back cover.
Mel Chin, lecture transcript, Art Papers, Volume 17, No. 3 (May/June 1993):30-34.1993Thomas McEvilley, "Explicating Exfoliation in the Work of Mel Chin," exhib. cat. For SOIL & SKY, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, (1993).
1992Mary Hager, "New Hopes for Old Plants," Newsweek, Focus (November 23, 1992):2-3.
Eleanor Heartney, "Skeptics in Utopia," Art in America (July 1992):76-81.
Bill Wong, "You first see a red wall," Asian Week (June 19, 1992): 9.
Marcia Tanner, "A Conversation with Mel Chin," Artweek (June 18, 1992):5.
Jay Murphy, "Mel Chin at The Menil Collection," Art in America (April 1992):167.
Robert Mahoney, "Mel Chin," Arts Magazine (March 1992):83-84.
Jim Lewis, "Fertile Ground," HG (January, 1992):105.
Jan Brand, Catelijne De Muynck, Jouke Kleerebezem, eds., ALLOCATIONS - Art For a Natural
and Artificial Environment, exhib. cat., Dutch and English editions
Marina Lindsay, "Lettuce Landfills," Buzzword, Vol. IV. No. 2 (1992):19.
Barbara Matilsky, Fragile Ecologies, exhib. cat., Rizzoli (1992).
1991_____, "Inescapable Histories," The Village Voice (December 31, 1991):93.
Robin Cembalest, "Lettuce in the Landfill," Art News (November, 1991):43. 
Jude Schwendenwien, "Breaking Ground: Art in the Environment," Sculpture (Sept./Oct. 1991):40. 
Diana Scott, "Resurrecting History," Metropolis (September 1991):27. 
Elizabeth McBride, "Mel Chin - Dialectic Materials," Artspace (Fall 1991).
Byron Kim, "Mel Chin: Visionary and Activist," Asian New Yorker (July 1991):7.
Unsigned, "Mel Chin at the Menil Collection," Review, Flash Art (Summer 1991):147.
_____, " Artist Mel Chin wants to make people think," The Houston Post, Section D (May 1, 1991):1.
_____, "The Politics of Mel Chin," The Houston Post, April 28
_____, "Inquiring Mind: Survey of work reveals Mel Chin's view of the world," 
Houston Chronicle (April 28, 1991):34.
Mason Riddle, "Mel Chin," Arts Magazine (February 1991):89.
Gerrit Henry, "Mel Chin: Surveying Heaven and Earth," Sculpture (Jan/Feb 1991):38-45.
_____, "Eco-Offensive Art," The Village Voice, Vol. XXXVI No. 1 (January 1, 1991):33. 
1990Constance Holden, "NEA Dumps on Science Art," Science, Vol. 250 (December 14, 1990):1515.
Mary Abbe, "Sculptor eloquently confronts problems," Star Tribune, Minn., MN, November 8
_____, "Seeing Beyond," Connoisseur (November 1990):54.
C. Carr, "The Endangered Artists List," Village Voice Vol.XXXV, No.34, (August 21,1990):84. 
_____, "Lawndale's down-to-earth exhibit," Houston Chronicle, April 26
Kevin Cunningham, "Off the Wall," Houston Press , March 1
_____, "Houston artist basks in light of recognition," The Houston Post, February 7
_____, "Diverse Representations," exhib. cat., Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ (1990).
_____, Mixed Blessings: New Art in Multicultural America, Pantheon, NY
(1990):93 (illus.).

1989Lewis Kachur, "Sculptors Turn to Social Themes," Art International (Winter 1989).
Daniel Barbiero, "Mel Chin," Sculpture (May/June 1, 1989):92 (illus.).
_____, "True to Form: Houston-Born Mel Chin Addresses Power & Politics in Three New Sculptures," Houston Chronicle (April 16, 1989). 
_____, "Mel Chin," Arts Magazine (March 1989): 81 (illus.).
Michael Welzenbach, "Telling Lines on the Mall, Directions: Mel Chin," Washington Post, 
sec. D (Feb 1, 1989).
Andy Battaglia, "In the Name of Melrose Place, The GALA Exhibit Moves into the Next Phase," 
Ned Rifkin, "Directions: Mel Chin," exhib. cat., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1989). 
1988_____, "Choices," The Village Voice (December 20, 1988):66. 
_____, "Familiar Palm Sculpture Restored to its Museum Oasis," Houston Post, November 20
Gallery," Houston Post, sec. F (September 25, 1988):4.
_____, "Works More Complex Than Appearance Suggests," Houston Chronicle, September 18
Elizabeth Hess, "Our Chinatown", The Village Voice, July
John Yau, "To Propose, To Provoke," exhib. cat., Public Art in Chinatown, June
Kunie Suguira, Review, Bijutsu Techo, Japan, March
Carlo McCormick, "Operation of the Sun Through the Cult of the Hand," Artforum, March
Kim Levin,"Choices," The Village Voice, January 5
Susan Chadwick, "Mel Chin, Alain Clement, Frank Fajardo, William Steen and Forrest Prince at Graham
1987_____, “Artist tackles the universe, assisted by alchemy.” Houston Chronicle, November 30
_____, "Texas Artists in New York: John Alexander, Mel Chin, Sally Gall and Earl Staley," Houston Chronicle, April 23
Jamey Gambrel, "Art Capital of the Third Coast," Art in America, April
Haun Saussy, "Mel Chin: The Operation of the Sun Through the Cult of the Hand," exhib. cat., Loughelton Gallery, New York, NY
1986Ed Hill /Suzanne Bloom, Review, Artforum (January, 1986).
Donna Tennant, Review, Art News (January 1986).
1985William Steen, "Mel Chin: Modus Operandi," The Lawndale Inquirer, October/November
1985_____, "Mel Chin: Poetic, Pragmatic With a Rare Sensitivity," Houston Chronicle, September 22
1982Patricia Johnson, "Mel Chin's 'Landscape' is One of Those Rare Breathtaking Art Works," Houston Chronicle, March 26
1980Peter Schjeldahl, "Art and Money in the City of Future-Think," Houston City Magazine, February
1979Lucy R. Lippard, "Texas Red Hots," Art in America, July/August


2010Honorary Doctorate, Green Mountain College
2010United States Artists, Fellow
2010Fritschy Prize, Sittard, Netherlands
2008 Honorary Doctorate, Maryland Institute College of ARt
2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation
2008 Transforma Projects/National Performance Network
2008 Nathan Cummings Foundation Award
2008 Cross Currents Foundation
2007 Pedro Sienna Award, Best Animation, National Council for the Arts and Cultures, Chile, 
for 911-911, 2007
2007 Art Matters
2007 Creative Capital Grant
2006 Honorary Doctorate, Rhode Island School of Design
2004 Nancy Graves Foundation Award 1990Art Matters, Inc.: Artist's Fellowship
2001 Creative Capital Grant
1997 Englehard Award
1996 Rockefeller Foundation Grant
1995 Cal Arts Alpert Award in the Visual Arts
1991 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award
1991 Penny McCall Foundation Award
1990-1991National Endowment for the Arts: Artist's Projects/New Forms
1990 Mid Atlantic Art Foundation, Residency: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
1989 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
1988 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1989-1990New York State Council for the Arts, Sponsored Projects Award
1989 Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship
1988 Founder's Day Grant, Uranian Phlanstery: The First NY Gnostic Lyceum
1982 Visual Arts Commission, Houston Festival