Mei-ling Hom is an internationally acclaimed artist based in Philadelphia whose artworks range from site specific installations and public art commissions to ceramics, works on paper, stone carvings, and bronze castings. Hom’s earliest installations focused on spatial perception and how cultures shape spaces through their built environments (such as architecture, roadway design, or public spaces) and the making and placing of signi?cant objects (such as monuments, grave markers, and commemorative plaques) to underline cultural perceptions and values.
As an Environmental Artist-in-Residence, Hom advances her inquiry into sustainable farming practice, exposing the intersection between the visual and the edible. After purchasing a farm in upstate New York, Hom became interested in organic and sustainable farming techniques. This interest has informed the creation of sculptures and installations exhibiting agricultural innovation. During her residency, Hom will work with community members, students, and scientists to investigate and inform her research.
Hom received an MFA in Sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1987 and has garnered numerous prestigious awards such as the Pew Fellowship in Visual Arts, NEA Visual Artist Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Visual Artist Grant, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to South Korea. Her commissioned installation at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute (2005) entitled Floating Mountains Singing Clouds was the first such commission for an Asian American. Her two large-scale public art commissions are installed at the Philadelphia International Airport and the Raleigh Durham International Airport.