Artist Candy Chang is coming to Nebraska this fall.
Chang creates public art with a social message and she’s widely recognized for it — she’s a senior fellow at TED, a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” gave an emotional talk at a TED conference about her art, and has been featured in O, the Oprah magazine, Wired magazine and on CNN.
She will be working with Doane College students this fall to create a “Before I Die” wall. She’s made these walls all over the country; they show what people aspire to do before they die.
Tomorrow she will be working with Doane students to make the wall, which will be unveiled Tuesday.
Chang made the first “Before I Die” wall on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood after a close friend’s death. Now she’s created similar walls in Kazakhstan, South Africa, Portugal, Russia, Italy, Australia and Argentina.
Doane’s wall will be in Nyrop Hall in the Perry Campus Center at the School of Arts and Sciences. The walls in the space will be covered with blank lines where students can share their aspirations. The walls will stay in place the remainder of the fall semester.
She will give a free lecture tonight at 7 in Doane’s Heckman Auditorium in Crete, Neb.
Chang’s parents moved to the U.S. from Taiwan, and she grew up in Ohio. She now lives in New Orleans.
For more information on Chang and her work, visit
To hear her TED talk about the “Before I Die” project, visit www.ted.com/talks.
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