Linda Legman

Artist Biography

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  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, California State University, Northridge
  • Teaching Credentials: Multiple Subject K-12 and Single Subject Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Recent Museum Exhibition

Resilience, Art of the Channel Islands, curated by Olivia Williamson. September 9 to December 19, 2022, Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, CA.

Recent Juried Exhibitions

  • 2023 Brand 51 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, CA, Juror: Ara Oshagan
  • 2022 Collectors Choice 2022 (First Place) SCIART, Juror: Sarah Russin
  • 2021 The Next Big Thing 2021, SCIART, Juror: Peter Mays
  • 2021 Collectors Choice 2021, SCIART, Juror: Jo Lauria
  • 2020 The Next Big Thing 2020, SCIART, Juror: Leah Ollman
  • 2020 Collectors Choice 2020, SCIART, Juror: Katherine Chang Liu
  • 2020 I Have A Story, The Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts Curators: Connie Tunick and John Johnson
  • 2019 The Next Big Thing 2019, SCIART, Juror: Mat Gleason
  • 2018 The Next Big Thing 2018, SCIART, Juror: Peter Frank

All exhibitions at SCIART are at the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA

Recent Publications

Previous Work

Art was my full time career in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I studied with Marvin Harden at California State University, Northridge, where I received my BA in Fine Art. My career included many commissions for graphite, watercolor and batik portraits: two book covers, The Bear Tribe′s Self Reliance Book by Sun Bear, 1977 and Resource Careers: Options and Opportunities in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, edited by Robert Kutler, 1979; the cover of a national magazine, The Libertarian Review, September, 1981; designing and illustrating a book, Ladybug by Catherine Drum Scherer, 1983. I used batik as a fine art medium to create batik portraits, still life, fantasy, historical commentary, and figurative paintings. I created batik hanging banners with Native American, wild flower, and Women′s Movement themes. My first solo show was in Spokane, Washington at Gallery Dupris in November of 1979. My most exciting solo show was at the grand-opening of the new Spokane City Hall Art Gallery in October of 1982. Both shows exhibited my graphite portraits as well as my batik paintings and banners.

Upon my return to California, I went into corporate sales for a decade, yet I continued to make art with other figurative artists. I was a classroom teacher for the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks from 1993 to 2016, and was also the district Art Mentor who taught teachers how to teach art to children. I taught painting workshops at the Conejo Valley Adult School.

During the last three years that I taught, I focused on teaching my students about the Channel Islands, which are known as the Galapagos of North America. Teaching my students how to draw the Channel Island animals began my journey into drawing wildlife, and that eventually led me to my Vintage Map series.

Studios map

I have been an Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center for four years in Studio O-2, and an Artist Member for seven years.

This page was last updated in July 2023