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Stacey Chinn - Lexington, Kentucky

Gloria Stein said, "Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel like I should be doing something else." I feel that way about making art. My work gives me great satisfaction. It's a compulsion and I am obliged to give in.

Like a winter, I edit, I arrange, and I am quite conscientious about the choices I make, organizing the various parts into a thoughtfully-conceived whole. My works are an aesthetic marriage of materials, techniques, ideas and associations that ultimately act as instruments for provoking thought. They are not stories, however, but rather forums for posing questions or perhaps making suggestions. They approach the familiar through the unfamiliar. hey are accessible but not obvious, and they are meant to entice. - Stacey Chinn, 2007

Stacey R. Chinn (b. 1971) received an MFA in Sculpture in 1998 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a BFA from the University of Kentucky in 1994. From 2003 - 2006, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and the head of the Sculpture Department at Georgetown College (Georgetown, Kentucky) and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky. Along with fellow artist and husband, Michael Maxson, Chinn is also the co-owner of theAtelier, an artist studio and gallery located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to teaching and working in the studio, Chinn has recently taken on the position of Gallery Director at the Living Arts & Science Center also in Lexington, Kentucky.

As an exhibiting artist, Chinn has been the recipient of several arts grants and has shown quite extensively in both group and solo exhibitions. She has served as a mentor, an educator and an assistant to several internationally known artists.