Can you recall a childhood experience that was so powerful it stuck with you into adulthood?
Imin Yeh, a visual arts professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, sure can.
As an elementary school student in Bethesda during the early 1990s, Imin visited the Baltimore Museum of Industry and took part in the BMI’s Kids’ Cannery program. In January 2018, Imin wrote to the BMI searching for the source of this memory.
I’m now a professor at CMU in the School of Art, I make a lot of work inspired by Museums, archives, historical objects etc. I teach Printmaking, so I have great affinity for industrial technologies. I have a sneaking suspicion that this museum might have been the root of it all.Imin Yeh
As a visual artist, Imin has always been interested in how things are made. She loves the idea of mining history and often incorporates historical artifacts and processes in her work. She strongly believes in the value of arts education and said,“It’s magical to learn how things are made.”