Linda Mitchell is an American artist whose mixed media animal paintings and installations have been featured in over 20 solo exhibitions at museums in the United States.
She was born in Atlanta, Georgia in a family that nurtured her early interest in both animals and making art. Her mother bred cocker spaniels, and Mitchell was encouraged by a great-aunt who taught music, art and drama. As a child, she started painting, making animal figures, and sewing, all of which informed her work as a mature artist.
She received a BFA from UGA, and 2 MFAs from GSU in painting and sculpture. In graduate school she developed a visual language combining her painted and sculptural imagery, resulting in mixed media paintings and installations that are complex and dream-like. The artist’s intuitive approach allows poetic meaning to emerge from the highly textural layering of painted and other diverse materials.
2021 Esprits des Animaux, Mason Fine Art. Atlanta, GA
2020 Solo Exhibition, Foosaner Art Museum. Melbourne FL.
Solo Exhibition, Switzer Gallery, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL.
2018 Landscape of Dreams: New work by the Mitchell Sisters. Mary G. Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts,
2017 Truth in Animals, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art, Scranton, PA.
Truth in Animals, Southern Alleghenies Museum or Art, Johnstown, PA.
2016 Seamless Stories, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA .
Truth in Animals, Quincy Arts Center, Quincy, IL.
Truth in Animals, Durham Arts Council, Durham NC.
2015 Truth in Animals, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, NW FL State College, Niceville, FL.
Lucid Dreamer, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA.
2014 Wild Things, (2 Artist exhibition.) The Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN.
2013 Truth in Animals, Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA.
Truth in Animals, Danville Museum, Danville, VA.
Truth in Animals, The Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA.
Truth in Animals, MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA.
2012 Truth in Animals, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.
Anecdotes & Parables: 3 Artist Exhibition, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA.
Linda Mitchell-Selections from Big Muse and Other Series, Peninsula Fine Art Center, Newport News, VA.
2011 Reveries: Works by Linda Mitchell, Gallery One Twelve (non-profit), Atlanta, GA.
Radford University Museum, Radford, Virginia.
Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City, FL.
Mary G. Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts, Gadsden, AL
Memory, Fantasy, Mystery, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO.
2010 Big Muse, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.
The Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK.
2008 The Quest for Dignified Solace in an Otherwise Chaotic World, Tinney+Cannon Contemporary, Nashville, TN.
2007 Too Much will Never be Enough: Installation and paintings, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
Kanvas, New York, NY.
What are You looking at?, Exhibition and Artist talk, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA.
2006 Serio in Verse: Installation and paintings, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
2004 Embrace the Messy: Installation and paintings. Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
2002 Macon & Co., Atlanta, GA.
1996 Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Birmingham, AL.
1994 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
1993 David Fraley and Linda Mitchell, (2 artist exhibition),Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Matrix Non-Profit Gallery, (3 artist Exhibition,) Sacramento, CA.
1992 Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA.
Animals Within-Recent work by Linda Mitchell, Birmingham Art Assoc., Birmingham, AL.
1991 Cutting Through-Sculpture and Paintings by Linda Mitchell, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center,
Berry College, Rome, GA.
1990 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
1987 The Gallery at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA.
Guma, (Three artist Installation,) The Blue Rat Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020-21 ArtPop Street Gallery, Billboard exhibition in and around Atlanta, GA.
2018 National League of American Pen Women 2018 Biennial, Des Moines Women’s Club. Des Moines, IA.
2016 National League of American Pen Women 2016 Biennial, Women's National Democratic Club, Washington, DC.
2013 100 at 100, Georgia State University Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Georgia Artists, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA.
2011 Portals to Fantasy, Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson, IN.
2010 LaGrange National Biennial XXVI, LaGrange, GA
2009 Animal Logic: Artist Contemplate Creature Kingdoms, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, NY.
Georgia Artists, Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.
2007 Spring Salon ’07, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.
2006 South Cobb Art’s Alliance Exhibition, Mableton, GA.
The High Museum’s Arftul Garden Tour, Atlanta, GA.
2005 The Emergent Eye, The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA.
2003 Living Out Loud Gallery, Aspen, CO
2002 Veneralia, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA.
1997 Atlanta Biennial, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA.
1995 Bestial Angels, Traveling exhibition, William King Regional Arts Center/Portsmouth Museums, VA.
1993 Atlanta Gallery Association Sculpture Show, One Peachtree Center, Atlanta, GA.
1992 Dekalb Council for the Arts ‘92, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.
1989 Georgia Artists ‘89, Dekalb Council for the Arts, Atlanta, GA.
1994 MFA- Sculpture, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
1990 MFA- Drawing & Painting, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
1982 BFA- Drawing & Painting, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Paris, Tony, “Eploring the Beast within” Creative Loafing, March 2021.
Harbaugh, Pam, “Foosaner’s ‘Animal Nature’: Bright exhibit at right time.” Vero News Review. September 4th, 2020.
Lowenstein, Adam, “New Exhibition at Foosaner Explores ‘Animal Nature’.” Florida Tech News. July 21, 2020.
Ellis, Erin, “Mixed media exhibit inspires students.” The Specator. September 20th, 2012.
Nelson, Cindi, “Mitchell, Geigich artistic work on display.” Gadsden Times. January 18, 2011.
Mariwinn, “Spiva comes alive with the work of Linda Mitchell.” Joplin Independent. Feb. 1, 2011.
Guinn, Sarah. “New exhibit at Spiva features exploration of memory.” Joplin Globe, January 7, 2011.
Brandenburg, John. “Much to ‘Love’ in two Exhibitis.” NewsOK.com. Powered by The Oklahoman, Feb. 7, 2020.
Rudloff, Andee. “Further Ado” Nashville Arts Magazine, June/July 2008, pp.31-33.
Wenderoth, Morgan. “Childhood memories abound in ‘What Are You Looking At?’” The West Georgian, Wednesday, February 14, 2007. vol.. 56, issue 5.
Cullum, Jerry. 1997 Biennial, Review. Art Papers, July/August 1997, vol.21 issue 4 p.40.
Fox, Catherine. “Punch Lines at an Exhibition,” The Atlanta Journal & Constitution,
(Friday, April 11, 1997. p. P8).
Beck, Helen S. Review. Art Papers, September/October 1995, vol. 19 No. 5, p.59.
Cullum, Jerry. “Twisted Metal says Much about States of Mind.” The Atlanta Journal &
Constitution, (Friday, June 11, 1993. C11).
Nelson, James R. “Mitchell Mixes Therapy with Themes in ‘Animals Within.’” The
Birmingham News, Sunday, April 12, 1992, p.7F.)
Cullum, Jerry. Review. Art Papers, November/December 1991, vol. 15 no. 6 pp. 97-8.
Cullum, Jerry. Review. Art Papers, September/October 1989, vol. 13, no.5 p. 59.
2018 2nd Place. National League of American Pen Women 2018 Biennial.
2009-10 Artist Project Grant, City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
2002 Artist Project Grant, City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
199 Artist Project Grant, City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
1992 Individual Artist Grant, Georgia Council for the Arts.
1989 Grand Prize Award, Georgia Artist ‘89.
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