Linda Popp is originally from Chicago but has lived in the Baltimore area since 1974.
She retired in 2016 after a 41-year career with Baltimore County Public Schools (30 years in secondary art and 11 years as the Visual Arts Coordinator). She then taught in the MICA MAT Program and supervised art education student teachers at Towson University. She was on the Maryland Art Education Association Council and even has an MAEA Leadership Award named in her honor. Linda has served on the National Art Education Association Council as the Secondary Division Director and Eastern Region Vice-President and was named a Distinguished Fellow in 2018.
Since retiring, she has been able to shift her focus to her studio work. Linda exhibits her work in several galleries in Maryland and on the East Coast. She maintains a website, www.lindapopp.com Linda also presents her work on Twitter and Instagram @lpoppart. She recently has created several videos documenting aspects of her assemblage process on her YouTube channel. She was recently featured in an article in Bmore Art Magazine: https://bmoreart.com/2022/09/craftswomanship-elegant-problems-and-relationships-linda-popp.html
Linda Popp creates narrative found object assemblage sculptures. She uses artifacts and symbolic objects to convey stories about relationships with family, place, love, faith, nature, self, and other themes. During the process, she goes beyond her personal stories and the narrative becomes universal as she feels our stories are all connected. Some objects/symbols are obvious; others may be interpreted by viewers differently as they bring their own experiences to the work. Linda enjoys the idea that something from her story may cause others to reflect on their own narrative. Reflection on personal narratives in order to better understand self and others is a very powerful experience that continues to draw her to the studio and her work. Linda has come to trust her collecting and allows objects to come to her during the art-making process. Many of the titles of her work come from music, books, and poetry that then guide her intention as she assembles her found objects. She never shares all her stories as she invites the viewer to participate in the work.