Maya Lin’s art and sculptures manage to be both graceful and haunting. Her style is equally simple and meaningful. A Chinese American born in Athens, Ohio, her most well-known work is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Lin completed the memorial when she was just 22 years old. The memorial’s use of black granite slabs with the names of those who died during the Vietnam War etched in the stone is a powerful example of art saying a lot with a little. Lin, a Yale graduate, has work that can be found across the country. In 2009, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.