29 March 2023 • Faculty Chin Featured in Syracuse Exhibition By Colin Spencer '19

Art work part of display on climate change.

Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin is one of the featured artists exploring the natural environment and the consequences of climate change in the upcoming exhibition “Climate Connections: Our Shared Future” at the ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse.

In her work “Stuffed Storms and Dust Storm Animations,” Chin uses data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create fabric sculptures that are a visual record of the Atlantic tropical storm seasons along with creating visual representations of dust storms across the globe. She also explores the local impacts of invasive species in the Finger Lakes region in her work “Invasive Species Cyanotypes,” which uses a camera-less photographic printing process dating back to the 1840s.

The exhibition begins on Saturday, April 1, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and continues until Saturday, May 20. A talk on the exhibition and works will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. More details on the exhibition can be found here. For details on the talk and artists, click here.

The other artists featured in the exhibition are Anita Welych and Carrie Drake. 

In her work “Dwindle,” Welych shows the dwindling North American bird populations through scientific metadata from 1966-1974 and 2016-2018. 

Drake will invite the public into an interactive component of her art, asking attendees to reflect on the shared responsibility in addressing climate change. Participants will be invited to color one of four images of Syracuse parks, which will be overlapped and displayed in the gallery. Additionally, Drake has worked with local knitters and students from the Montessori School of Syracuse to visually document change in Syracuse temperatures through a fiber arts project that presents global warming data. 

Chin has taught at Hobart and William Smith since 2008. She primarily teaches studio art courses in photography and video including darkroom and digital photography, alternative processes, studio lighting, book arts and animation, and has collaborated on interdisciplinary courses in media studies and women's studies. Her scholarly interest is the creation of art that questions and critiques aspects of culture, and past projects have looked at gun control, genetically modified foods, alternative energy, and artificial intelligence. 

She is a member of the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca and a multicultural artist with Jamaican, Chinese, Irish, and Czech descent. Chin has participated in artist residencies including Women’s Studio Workshop, The Saltonstall Foundation and Signal Culture. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Cayuga Museum of Art, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art and Millepiani Exhibition Space in Rome, Italy. Her work has been written about in Lindsay Kelly’s 2016 book “Bioart Kitchen” and Madeline Schwartzman’s 2018 book “See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded.” She has received numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Fellowship, the SPE Garry B. Fritz Imagemaker Award, and the Fisher Center Research Fellowship. 

Top: "Stuffed Storms and Dust Storm Animations" by Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin at the ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse.