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Linda Hudgins

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Birthplace
Converse, SC

Lives in
Tryon, NC

Works in
Tryon, NC

Website

Schools
Converse College
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)

Representing galleries
New View Gallery, Upstairs Artspace

Tags
abstract, colorfilled, brainstorm, stochastic, instinctive, process, trust, cohesive, quest, challenge to imagination, natural abstract modern, contradictions, intrigue, non conceptual, mysterious, suggestive, random, meditative

Statement

Linda Page Hudgins has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Some of the highlights include exhibitions abroad including “Artists in Botswana” at the National Museum in Gaborone and “LINDA HUDGINS, paintings” at the Guangxi Normal University Art Gallery in Guilin, PR China.  Hudgins has sent an exhibition to the Francistown and Maun Museums in Botswana and had work in “Stars and Stripes Forever” at the RHLove Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, Ill. and “Thirteen South Carolina Artists” at Gallery 101 Wooster, NYC. Hudgins’ painting and sculpture installations in the exhibition, “Dreams and Fantasies,” in Spartanburg, SC received favorable review in the New Art Examiner, in Chicago. She believes these abstract works reflect a uniquely visual assimilation and expression of her multifaceted life experiences. Hudgins is now producing art in Tryon, NC and continues to exhibit in the Southeast regularly with a consistent schedule of invitational shows. In November, 2013 she will exhibit in October in the Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College in Spartanburg and in November in the North Charleston City Gallery and currently has work in “Abstract Invitational” in Clinton, SC at the Elizabeth Harper Stone Gallery at PC College and in Tryon, NC at the New View Gallery. Hudgins was recently published internationally in Open Studios, volume 18 and in Artists Among Us, 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg, SC.

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PLACE OF BIRTH
Converse, SC

EDUCATION
MAE Rhode Island School of Design
BA Converse College

Upcoming Exhibitions for 2013 and 2014

“Abstract Invitational” at The Elizabeth Harper Stone Gallery at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, September 12 to November 27 and traveling to Spartanburg Art Museum in 2014 

“Inspired by Musicals” at Converse College Milliken Gallery, October 3 -31st, Spartanburg, SC

 “Linda Page Hudgins and Carol Icard” at the City Gallery of North Charleston, SC, November 1-30

 Works are always on display at New View Gallery in Tryon, NC.

INVITATIONAL

2013   * North Charleston City Gallery,  North Charleston, SC with Carol
        Beth Icard
        "Inspired by Musicals" Milliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
        "Abstract Invitational" Elizabeth Harper Stone Gallery,                                 
         Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
        "Cats" with Southern Exposure, Cannons School, Cowpens, SC and
         Wofford College in 2014
        “Abstract This” Belton Center for the Arts, Belton, SC
        "Material Witness" Fulton County Public Library Gallery, Atlanta, GA
        "Leaning toward Abstraction," Georgia Perimeter College,
         Clarkston, Georgia with WCAGA

2012   "Art in Bloom," Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC
        Art Trek Tryon, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
       "Artist Among Us, 100 Artists from “Artists Among Us,” 100 Faces
         of Art in Spartanburg, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
       “Correcting for Drift” Georgia Perimeter College, by Women’s
        Caucus of Art of Georgia, Clarkston, Georgia
        Bravo Fine Artists, Bravo Outdoor Living, Tryon, NC
       "Artists Among Us" selected from "Artist Among Us, 100 Faces of  
        Art in Spartanburg," Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian
        College, Clinton, SC
       "Favorites" Mary Ellen Suitt Gallery, Methodist College,
        Spartanburg, SC

2011 "Art Trek Tryon," Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
       "The New PanAfrican" Archtype Gallery, Atlanta, GA
       "Art Trek Tryon," Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC

2010 “Art Trek Tryon,” Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
       * "Paintings by Linda Hudgins," Wofford College Library Gallery,
          Spartanburg, SC

2009  * LINDA HUDGINS paintings at Guangxi Normal University, Guilin,
            PR China
        Art Trek Tryon, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
       "Earthly Structures," Fulton County Public Library Gallery, Atlanta,
        GA
       "Not Just Pretty," Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA
       "Immigration in Art," Depot Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton,
        SC
       "String of Pearls: 30 Years of Upstairs Art," The Upstairs Artspace,
        Tryon, NC
        *The Spartanburg Artists Guild Gallery, Chapman Cultural Center,
        Spartanburg, SC

2008 *Carol Beth Icard and Linda Hudgins, Abstract Art, Cannon's
        Elementary School, Cowpens, SC
        "The Bold and the Beautiful, a Fifth Anniversary Retrospective
         Exhibit" The Arts Council of Hendersonville, Hendersonville, NC
        “RED” Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA

ADDITIONAL STUDIES (SELECTED)
Summer Graduate Atelier Program, New York University
University of South Carolina Graduate School, Painting Critique
RISD Honors Seminar for Teachers
Visual Studies Institute, Phillips Andover Academy and Pratt Institute
Seminar for Teachers of Advanced Placement Studio Art, Oglethorpe University
A Brush with Clay, Gordon Bradshaw, Tryon, NC
Batik techniques, Ghana, West Africa
Chinese decorative style drawing, tutor, Chen Ying, Art Instructor, Guangxi Teachers University, Guilin
Pottery and Beadwork Workshop, Northern Art Teachers Association (NATA), Printmaking Workshop, NATA,
Pottery Workshop, NATA, Lekgaba Pottery, Weaving Workshop, NATA, Francistown, Botswana
Creative Capital Workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

OTHER ARTISTIC INVOLVEMENTS
Set design, Wofford College
Set and costume design, Walt Hudgins’s “The Jeremiad,” Wofford College, and a play at the Governors
School, Charleston, SC
Set and playbill design, Spartanburg Youth Theater
Poster and playbill design, Spartanburg Little Theater
Exhibition Coordinator, “Women’s Invitational Project Number One,” curated by Dorothy Gillespie, a
traveling exhibition sponsored by The Spartanburg Day School, Wofford College, and Converse
College, Spartanburg, SC

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
1997-99 English Teacher, Foreign Language Middle School, Guilin, China
1996-97 Art Teacher, Oriental English College, Shenzhen, China
1993-1996 Art Teacher, Ramoja CJSS, Botswana
1965-1992 Art Teacher, Chair of Department, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg, SC
1964-1965 Art Teacher, Jenkins Junior High School, Spartanburg, SC
1961-1964 Art Teacher and English Teacher, Woodruff Junior High School, Woodruff, SC

OTHER
Limestone College: Intro to Art History, Beginning Painting and Beginning Printmaking
Interim sessions in Filmmaking and in Stained Glass at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
Gifted program, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
Life drawing, The Arts Center, Spartanburg, SC

Presentations:
Walk/Talk Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
“The African Experience,” ARTSMARTS, ETV, Spartanburg, SC
“A Teaching Gallery in the School,” National Art Education Association, Atlanta, GA
“Some Contemporary American Artists,” Limestone College, Gaffney, SC
“Let’s Look at a Work of Art,” Leadership Spartanburg for the Spartanburg Arts Council
Several presentations for the docent education program of The Spartanburg Art Association
Preparation of teaching tape to accompany “Picasso and Friends” an exhibition sponsored by the Friends of
the Arts, Spartanburg
Seminar leader, Art component to “The Age of Enlightenment” and “Eros, Philos, Agape” North Carolina
Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
WCA and WCAGA
Southern Exposure, Exhibiting Artists Cooperative, President (1990; 2002-0)4
Artists Guild of Spartanburg, Vice President in charge of fourteenth annual juried exhibition
South Carolina Guild of Artists, President, (1987-88), Board Member (1988-89), Exhibitions Committee
(1991-1992)
Tryon Painters and Sculptors
The Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC, Exhibitions Committee (2011-12)

STUDY AND WORK ABROAD RESULTING IN EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS (1981--1997)
Greece and the Aegean Islands
Holland
France
Eastern Europe, Istanbul, and Western Turkey
Mexico
Botswana
China
Ghana

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Perhaps it was the time she spent teaching art in southern Africa. Or maybe it was what she learned while living in rural China. Wherever the inspiration may lie, Linda Hudgins has discovered a universal language of form, composition and color.

Her unpremeditated approach to painting energizes the eye. Earth tones and natural shapes populate Hudgins’ canvasses, but in fields of color and volumes of energy that transcend everyday experience. The forms she paints in oil, acrylic, or mixed media, imply the images of nature: cloud formations at sunrise, or maybe a forest during autumn. But her non-figurative gestures invite us to imagine what nature may have had in mind while creating its dynamic forms. 

A native of South Carolina, Hudgins studied art at Converse College and later at the Rhode Island School of Design. A lifelong commitment to artistic exploration has taken her to such exotic climes as Ghana, Botswana and China, where she reeducated her vision in local terms to see the world anew.

The uniqueness of Hudgins’ style is evident in her brushstroke, spontaneous gestures that invite us to consider the pre-verbal and non-conceptual levels of experience. The images are familiar; perhaps we’ve seen these forms before in our dreams or childhood fantasies. Or maybe this is how the mind encounters the world before reason has its say. Clearly, this is the visual language of the unconscious, the vocabulary of intuition and emotion, as opposed to rational analysis.

But it is the choice of color that enables Hudgins to make her most powerful statements. Saturated hues and occasionally dissonant tones elevate common things to the highest levels of imagination. “My most delighted moments occur when I can observe my surroundings as pure arrangements of color,” says Hudgins.

These unusual arrangements of elements and design show a search for balance between conflict and resolution, dissonance and harmony.  Their emotionally charged shapes and provocatively colored images suggest that repose is always transient; metamorphosis is the norm both in nature and consciousness.

“Abstract Surrealism” might be a way to describe the recent work of Linda Hudgins, if indeed labels are even appropriate. Whether we choose any labels at all, these paintings speak to the perennial growth and persistent renewal of nature and the soul.

 

Dr. Mark Packer

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Art History

University of South Carolina, Upstate

Recent Exhibits

Linda Hudgins participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2010 Brainstorm with WCAGA
Fulton County Public Library, Atlanta, Georgia
 
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