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Conversations Episode 3: Linda DePalma

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In this episode Linda DePalma is interviewed by BmoreArt contributor Dwayne Butcher.

DePalma is a visual artist who was born in 1946 in Morris Plains, New Jersey. She moved to Baltimore in 1973 and attended the Maryland School of Art in 1974 where she earned her Masters Degree in Fine Arts.

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Linda’s work explores the natural world through dimensional mixed media drawings and public sculpture. She is fascinated by the intricate structures of botanical forms, animal behavior, and biological systems to create mixed-media drawings that are both drawing and sculpture. As a public artist, she has created many large-scale commissions in the region, such as  2014’s Particle Portal a Gate for Maryland Public Health Lab  and 1991’s Moon Arbor located in Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis.

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Linda DePalma (center) and friends

Linda has received numerous honors for her sculpture including a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grant, an NEA Fellowship, and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium Grant.  In 2014 the artist co-founded Friends of Public Art, advocating for sculpture conservation in Baltimore City. As the founding education director at Creative Alliance, Linda has developed innovative arts programming for Baltimore City youth for 13 years. DePalma was the recipient of Creative Alliance’s Golden Formstone Award for 2015. Recently she decided to pursue her studio work full time.

The artist was interviewed in her studio in Baltimore, Maryland during the Summer of 2015.

Recent work in studio:

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Earlier Work Over a Period of Time

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