Linda Byrne

linda (at) lindabyrne (dot) com

Linda Byrne was born and raised in New York City by first-generation Americans from Irish and Italian immigrants. Because that Old World heritage was not celebrated in her family, she felt a disconnect from her ancestry, an absence of history that was to spur her later quest for self-identity and connectivity with others. Linda majored in Fine Art at Parsons School of Design, but dropped out to travel around the country and forge her own history. In the years that followed, she continued working on her craft through self-training and by taking courses at art schools and academic venues, including the Art Students League in New York and the Academy de Bell Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

A visual artist and sculptor, Linda has exhibited widely across the United States. Some shows include “Brimming On The Edge”, a group exhibition produced by The West Harlem Art Fund at the Andrew Freedman House in the Bronx, the well-received exhibition, “Nurturing Nature, Artists Engage the Environment” at the Osilis Gallery at Concordia College in New York and the Freedman Gallery at Albright College in Pennsylvania, and at Green Spaces, in conjunction with the premiere screening of the documentary “End of the Line,” in New York City. She was invited to participate in the traveling exhibition, “Trade Show,” conceived and curated by the artist Anna Stump, going from California to Turkey. Linda collaborated with the poet and sound artist, Maggie Dubris, on two multimedia installations about our disappearing natural world, the “Vanishing Oceans Project” and “Vanishing Birds Project”. Over the years, she has received many artist residencies, and was the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Grant and the Barbara Hurd and Stephen Dunn Sculpture Award. Her work has been favorably reviewed in several publications including the Philadelphia City Paper, the New York Press, and the New York Times.

Linda, along with several other artists, created the Matzo files, a flat file and small works gallery space for 200
artists, located in Streit’s, a working matzo factory on New York’s Lower East Side. The venture lasted for only eighteen months but afforded Linda the experience of running a not-for-profit organization and helping under-
represented artists.

Linda Byrne has been in demand as a traditional handwork production artist for more than thirty years, primarily for packaging and branding companies in the graphics industry. She is well respected for her outstanding hand skills and finesse with an x-acto knife. Linda has been studying Seido Karate for 17 years and holds the rank of Sandan or third-degree black belt. Her martial arts training has helped her to keep focused in the pursuit
of her art career.