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Linda Atkinson

Linda Atkinson thinks of her sculptures as visual poems.  Linda likes making sculptures of genres we usually think of for paintings: landscape, still life, the figure.  She is interested in expressing actions or characteristics that address the human condition, and translate emotions into image, to invent objects which mystify yet beg meaning.  Linda wants these objects she makes to have weight and presence, to provoke curiosity, to be multi-faceted, to be at time humorous, to be profound, and to have heart.  For Linda, art making is a deeply personal activity, and often the process of making the objects takes over before any specific meaning is revealed.  She likes making things, and things usually come together in a formal sense first.  Linda selects images and elements for her sculptures that are symbolic and multifaceted.  Putting elements together, Linda strives for the same sort of compactness and clarity that poetry often delivers.  The meaning becomes an allegory or metaphor, or even a pun.  She is looking for a visual experience that is satisfying to her and unfolds with the making.

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Linda Atkinson is a Virginia artist living and working in Botetourt County.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Sculpture and California College of Arts and Crafts with an MFA in Sculpture.  Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta.  She spent 15 years in California, and taught sculpture and 3-D design at the University of California/Santa Cruz.  She taught drawing, sculpture and art history as an adjunct faculty at Radford University, Hollins University, Roanoke College and Virginia Western Community College in Virginia.  Presently she maintains a gallery and studio in her home in Fincastle, Virginia.


1975-1977        MFA Sculpture, California College of Art, Oakland, CA.

1971-1974        BFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1970                   Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2020    “Gestural Genres”, Allegany Highland Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge, VA

2018    “Everyday Enigmas:  Sculpture and Drawings, Virginia Western Community College,               Roanoke, VA

2009    “Sculpture, Paintings &Drawings” Olin Hall Galleries, Roanoke College, Salem,  VA

2008     “Recent Sculpture”, Allegany Highland Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge, VA

2005     “Three Genres”, Vantage Gallery, Ithaca, NY

2004     “Off The Wall: A Look At Life, Love and Magic”, Rendezvous Gallery, Leesburg, VA

2003   “ Sculptures, Paintings & Drawings”,  Piedmont Art Center, Martinsville, VA

1998     “New Artist Exhibition”, Allport Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997     “Sculpture and other Oddities”, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

1996     “On and Off the Wall”, Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo, CA

1994     “From the Garden,” A.R. Wood Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

1991     “Recent Sculpture”, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angles, CA

1987     “Sculpture by Linda Atkinson”, Vantage Gallery, Ithaca, NY

1972     Sculpture Installations, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA


Selected Museum Group Museum Exhibitions:

1996     “The Exquisite Corpse and Other Oddities”, Fayetteville Museum, Fayetteville, NC        invitational

1994     “Vision and Function:  Recent Work by Virginia Sculptors” , Art Museum of Western          Virginia, Roanoke, VA

1987     “54th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition”, Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY

1985     “The Art Museum Annual:  Works on/of Paper and Clay”, Santa Cruz County       Museum, Santa Cruz, CA

1984     “The Sculpture Show”, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021  “Down East National Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC

2019    “Radford City Art Show”, Best In Show,  Radford, VA

2017   “ThinkSmall9”, Artspace, Richmond, VA

2017   “radius250”, Artspace, Richmond, VA

2015   “The Art of Precision & Reach,” Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine,

Roanoke, VA

2005   Invitational, , BJ Gallery, Hudson, NY

2003 “The Painted Violin”,  Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke, VA

2000  “Women Sculptors of Southwest Virginia, Dillard Gallery, Lynchburg, V

1999  “Sweet Charity”, Cotton Mill, Roanoke, VA

1999     Roanoke/Wonju International Art Exchange Exhibition, Olin Hall Galleries, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

1997     “Loving the Land: Exploring Southern Regionalism”, Blue Spiral Gallery, Ashville, NC

1996   “ Roanoke College Faculty Show”, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

1994    “New Genres: Sculpture and Drawings”, Living Gallery North Cross School, Roanoke, VA

1993     “The Gardening of Art,” Dorothy McRae Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1992   “ Hollins University Studio Art Faculty Show”, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

1992    “Heart & Soul”,  invitational outdoor sculpture exhibition, Salem, VA

1991     “New Artist Show”, Cudahys Gallery, Richmond, VA

1986     “Small Works Exhibition”, Washington Square Galleries, New York University, NY, NY

1984     “Three Sculptors:  Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, Linda Atkinson”, Hoeger-      Thompson Gallery, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

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