Linda Stein–artist, activist, educator, performer and writer–is the Founding President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. which currently oversees The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein (FoG) and Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females – Tapestries and Sculpture by Linda Stein (H2F2). These are two traveling exhibitions with lectures, workshops and interactive educational programs developed by a national Curricular Team of scholars in collaboration with Penn State University. FoG has been traveling since 2010, and H2F2 launched in 2015. By 2020, they will have gone to more than 45 museums, universities and institutions within the United States and abroad.
A third exhibition, now getting ready to travel, is called Displacement From Home: What To Leave, What To Take – Cabinets, Cupboards, Cases and Closets by Linda Stein. This takes the artist beyond her Holocaust involvement, to issues of global displacement and to more abstract expressionistic art which addresses traumatic memory and loss, as well as the solace of sanctuary and safety.
A fourth exhibition for travel is called Sexism: Exploring, Exploding, Expanding Expressions of Masculinities and Femininities. It addresses themes of gender constriction and bigotry prevalent in the art world and on a personal level.
In 2016, Linda Stein edited an 84-page, full-color book, Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females, published by Old City Publishing, including a foreword by Gloria Steinem and essays by notable international scholars and intimates of her ten selected Heroes. That same year, in another anthology, Stein’s 9500-word autobiographical essay, cover design and multi-series art images served as a bridge between two poets for Laura Hinton’s 2016 Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich, and the Feminist Superhero. In addition, there have been numerous published reviews and essays about Stein’s work, written by the artist and others, as well as television and radio appearances.
Stein has been selected to serve as one of the 2018 “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. The New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT has honored Stein with their 2017 Artist of the Year award, with the artist giving her keynote address after her introduction by Randi Weingarten. Linda Stein has been honored with the 2016 Artist of the Year Award by the National Association of Women Artists for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.” She has also been awarded grants and residencies from Squire Foundation, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Djerassi Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Hunter College, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Suffolk BOCES Arts and Humanities, and the America the Beautiful Fund. Her art archives are at Smith College and the Linda Stein Feminist Art Education Collection is housed at Penn State University. Starting in Spring of 2020 Penn State will endow, in perpetuity, an annual Linda Stein Upstander Award to a scholar researching her archives.
She has been awarded large-scale outdoor commissions at Portland State University in Colorado and East Hampton Airport in New York, has had work donated by Gloria Steinem to Smith College and Rutgers University, was invited to participate in the 2008 Adelphi University Outdoor Sculptural Biennial, and is in numerous museum and private collections.
Stein received her Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute, Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College (graduating cum laude with departmental honors), and attended the Art Students League, Pratt Graphics Center and the School of Visual Arts, all in New York.
Linda Stein has been represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, New York from 2005 until 2017 and Longstreth Goldberg in Naples, Florida from 2005 to 2012. She writes for Huffington Post and other publications. She currently lives and works in Manhattan, Boston and East Hampton.