Linda Ekstrom

lives and works in Carpinteria CA 


Linda Ekstrom completed her MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996 where she teaches in the studio art program in the College of Creative Studies. Her works have been included in both solo and group exhibitions including, Frumkin Gallery in Santa Monica; Montgomery Museum, Pomona College; Center for the Book, San Francisco; Center for the Book, New York; Kellogg Museum, Cal Poly, Pomona; LIMN Gallery and Quotidian Gallery in San Francisco. In addition her work was included in the international exhibition, “Faith” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield Connecticut; in “Sacred Texts” at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and, in “City Dialogues” at Barnsdall Museum, Los Angeles.  Ekstrom’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications.

selected solo exhibitions 

2010     a working backward, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica

2006     unraveling, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica

2001     Beneath Memory, Frumkin Duval Gallery, Santa Monica

1999     Deep Sleep of Resemblance Sherry Frumkin/Christine Duval Gallery

1998     children of memory - University Art Museum, UCSB

1997     Transcriptions - Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1996     a space for memory - Holocaust Remembrance Week, UCSB Gallery 1434

1990     from the fire and garden - OuterSpace Gallery, Contemporary Arts Forum

1989     Fire, Water, Night Sky, Cross and Gold - Puccinelli Gallery

1986     ARTSEEN, Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Triptych Wall

1985     Recent Works - OuterSpace Gallery, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

1982     Resolved/Unresolved: Installation - College of Creative Studies, UCSB

            In Search of Ancient Sisters - University of California, Santa Barbara


selected group exhibitions

2011     Achromatic Variations, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara CA

2010     Altered Books: A New Object, [ARTSPACE] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK

            Aldrich Undercover, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield Connecticut

            Density, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara

2009     Illiterature, Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica (Cal State Chico Gallery, 2010)

            Book as Sculpture, Brand Stater Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

2008     Aldrich Undercover, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield Connecticut

            Illiterature, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco (curated by Mark Carter)

2007- 2008 ZOOM+/ - Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica; & LIMN Gallery, San Francisco (curated by Doug Beube)

2007     Artists’ books Made Here, Elverhoy Museum of History and Art

2006     Fiber/Fabric: Angels Gate, San Pedro, CA 2006 Aldrich Undercover, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield Connecticut

2005     Submersed: Contemporary Altered Books, International Surface Design Conference, Kansas (curated by Teresa Paschke)

            Artists Create Books, Terhune Gallery, Toledo Ohio; Tiffin University, Ohio; Ohio Northern University (curated by Jean Clad)

            Books: An Exhibition of Exceptionally Scaled Books, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona


2005     Dialogue, I-5 Gallery at the Brewery, Los Angeles (curated by Michelle Onstot)

2004     Metaphorical Books, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro

City Dialogues, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park

Sacred Texts of the World, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (curated by Diana Mullin; catalog)

2002     Girl Talk; Encina Gallery, Sacramento, CA (curated by Elizabeth Adan)

2001     Year End LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Christine Duval)

So Cal(led) Books: Diversity in Artist’s Books from Southern California, New York Center for the Book, New York (curated by Gloria Helfgott; catalog)

Out of Line, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara (curated by Rafael Perea de la Cabada; catalog)

Theory or Faith, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2001

Spun, The Living Room: Special Projects in Contemporary Art, Santa Monica

2000     Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (curated by: Christian Eckart, Harry Philbrick, Osvaldo Romberg; catalog)

            Within Our Walls: The Museum at Pomona College, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont CA


reviews of exhibitions (partial list) 

Leah Ollman, “Linda Ekstrom at Sherry Frumkin,” Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2010


Leah Ollman, “Linda Ekstrom at Frumkin/Duval,” Art in America, May 2002, No. 5, (photo: Expanse from the Castles Series) p.158


Rahne Pistor, “Altered bibles, tense faith central to Ekstrom’s conceptual…” The Argonaut, November 2, 2006


Leah Ollman, “Sacred texts and the power of love,” Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2006


Tahree Lane, “Books as art…” The Blade (Toledo Ohio), November 10, 2005


Victoria Dalkey, “Encina’s ‘Girl Talk’ show offers a serious visual conversation,” The Sacramento Bee, January 27, 2002 (photo: Twined Bible)


Ann Wilson Lloyd, “In A New Millennium, Religion Shows Its Face,” The New York Times, January 23, 2000 Eleanor Charles, “Art and Religion,” New York Times, The Guide, January 23, 2000


Stephanie Ramp, “Take It on Faith: The Aldrich Museum mounts…” Fairfield County Weekly, February 3, 2000


Frank Merkling, “A New Look for Virgin Mary--bobby socks,” The News Times, February 4, 2000


Matt Sedensky, “Faith - The Aldrich Museum explores…” Connecticut Post, February 27, 2000


L. P. Streitfeld, “’Faith’ Harvests a Renaissance in Ridgefield,”Stamford Advocate, March 2000


Patricia Rosoff, “Faith in Art- The mystery of belief, the lure of the numinous at the Aldrich,” The Hartford Advocate, March 23, 2000


Grace Glueck, “Creative Souls Who Keep the Faith or Challenge its Influence,” The New York Times, April 21, 2000


David D.J. Rau, “Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium,” New Art Examiner, June 2000


Mark Daniel Cohen, “Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium,” Contemporary Visual Arts, June 2000, Issue 29


Lindsey Westbrook, “Theory or Faith,” Critics Choice: Art, San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 5, 2001 (photo: Opera Apum-Work of the Bees)


Limn Gallery, “Wrap Up! 2001,” San Francisco Frontiers, December 13, 2001, Vol. 20, Issue 17 (photo: Rose Bible)


Steven Jenkins, “‘trans-‘ at Quotidian Gallery,” Artweek, May 1999, Vol. 3 (photo: Collaborative Drawings)


Leah Ollman, “Lost and Remembered,” Los Angeles Times, Art Reviews November, 12, 1999 (photo: Open Wing Bible)


“Gallegiate Report Card” and “Gallegiate Top Ten,” Coagula, Summer 1997, Vol. 28