Artist Spotlight: Linda DePalma

Artist Spotlight: Linda DePalma

Linda DePalma is well-known public artist who has been awarded several commissions in Baltimore and the surrounding region. Public works include Passage, a sculptural entrance to Jesup Blair Park, in Silver Spring, MD and fountain grates at Baltimore’s City Hall plaza. A completed design commission for Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD awaits funding. She is presently a finalist for an artwork commission at Mark Center Transportation Center in Alexandria, VA. She has received numerous honors for her sculpture, among them an NEA Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium grant.

The latest work involves cutting up drawings on paper and mylar, weaving them together and sewing on brass forms. Her woven drawings have been exhibited in various venues such as Silburn Gallery, Goucher College; St John’s College, Annapolis, MD and Oxford, England’s Message Board. According to Ms DePalma, “In my woven drawings, some parts are pre-determined; others come into play purely by chance. It’s a balance between forethought and fluke. The artwork and I seem to do this “dance” until some solution coincides with the intended scheme, challenging my perseverance and skill. Process carries the momentum of the idea. This improvisational process of give and take ultimately appears as a work expressing movement and exuberance. My desire is to draw viewers into the process, engaging them in discovery as well.”

Ms. DePalma has a deep commitment to education. She has been visiting lecturer and workshop leader in many colleges and universities including Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Delaware, University of Maryland and University of Minnesota. Presently she is Education Director for the Creative Alliance and develops book-based visual arts and performance arts out of school time programs for youth in Southeast Baltimore City. She loves bringing opportunities to youth who may not necessarily have those options and enjoys her connection to Highlandtown, where such a diverse population comes together to work, learn and play. To her, it’s a neighborhood full of surprises – so much talent, a vast array of ages and interests and a rich combination of nature and the built environment.

Ms. DePalma received her BA at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and her MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD.