About the Artist...

Linda Lanza practices and teaches expressive writing arts as a way for hearts to communicate, to find meaning through imagination, and to preserve memories and milestones with fine documents.

She classically trained in calligraphy and painting with Mary Lou Cook, Dick Beasley, Jenny Hunter Groat, Thomas Ingmire, Karlgeorg Hoefer, Peter Thornton, Jacqueline Svaren, David Mekelburg, Friedrich Neugebauer, and others.

Linda holds a degree in English Literature/Creative Poetry with highest honors from Rutgers University. Post graduate work includes the completion of 440 hours of training in poetry therapy under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Reiter, RPT.

For over 30 years Linda’s award-winning work has been published and exhibited including Off the Cuffs, Mosaic, Pudding 34, The Artful Letter calendars published by Universe Press, Letter Arts Review, the Richard Beasley National Invitational Exhibition, and Caligraphia USA/USSR, an international exhibition of calligraphy and concrete poetry co-sponsored by UNESCO at the United Nations.

For 18 years, Linda taught the Calligraphy Workshop at Princeton Adult School. Since 1981, she has been the proprietor of Talk With My Hands expressive writing studio.

 

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Vita...


COMMISSIONS


* 10-Year Employee Awards - Impact Unlimited, Dayton, NJ - handmade paper sculptures with gouache, ink, dechirage, shell gold. Annually since 1990.

* Alumnus of the Year Resolution - The Hun School, Princeton, NJ - illuminated manuscript: gouache and 23k gold on paper. Annually 1994-2007.

* Bon Anniversaire resolution - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ - illuminated manuscript: gouache and 23kl gold on papeJ, 2003.

* Logo Design - National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference, Miami, FL, 2003.

* BirthWrites© conceptual illuminated manuscripts - gouache and 23k gold on paper - private patrons, since 1988.

* Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Resolutions - School of Communication, Information, and Library Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, shell gold on paper. Annually 1992-1997.

* Resident Calligrapher - Borders Books & Music, East Brunswick, NJ, 1994-1999.

* Floor Design - Impact Unlimited, Dayton, NJ - Designed and handlettered text on exhibit display floor. First place exhibit-design award, New Orleans, 1993.

* Mission Statement - Champion Paper, Cincinnati, OH - illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, and shell gold on paper, 1992.

* Mission Statement - Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc., Arlington, TX - illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, raised gold leaf on paper, 1992.

* Illuminated Manuscript for Private Office - James Burke, Chairman Emeritus, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ - ink on paper, 1992.

* Oath of Hippocrates - Physician’s Office, Summit, NJ - illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink and shell gold on paper, 1992.

* Alumnus of the Year Resolution - New Jersey State Council for the Humanities, Trenton, NJ - illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, shell gold on paper, 1991.

* Theater Scenic Design - Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, NJ - handlettered cloth backdrops and stage floor for production of Hair, 1991.

* Inauguration Invitations - Pace University, New York, NY - handlettered 600 envelope addresses for presidential inauguration, 1990.

* Menu Design - Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV - designed and handlettered four-page menu for Steve Wynn’s Orchid restaurant, 1984.

* Wine List - Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV - designed and handlettered 12-page wine list, 1983.


EXHIBITIONS

" Out of the Silence : A Calligraphic Exhibit Celebrating Diversity, Love and Understanding" - Urban Onion in the Hotel Olympian, Olympia, Washington; Department of Transportation Capital Campus, Olympia, Washington - contributing artist - February-June, 2013.

*Wind Words - Exhibition of calligraphed poetry in the trees, Cologna of the Bora celebration, contributing artist, Museum of the Bora, Trieste, Italy, September 2004

*Words of Peace - International exhibition of calligraphy and concrete poetry, contributing artist, San Francisco Public Library, July 2003

* Words of the Spirit, Spirit of the Word - Exhibition of calligraphy and concrete poetry, contributing artist - Donnell Library, New York City, 1998

* The Up Side of Screwing Up - National traveling slide lecture of calligraphy and concrete poetry, contributing artist, 1998

* Ancient Whispers/Modern Markings - two-person exhibition of concrete poetry, calligraphy, and lettering art - Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park, NJ, May 1997

* Calligraphia - Invitational international traveling group exhibition of lettering art, concrete poetry, and calligraphy co-sponsored by International Typeface Corporation, Artists Union of Moscow and UNESCO, toured 1991-1995 and exhibited in the lobby of the United Nations, NYC, January 1991.

* Kalligraphia VII - group exhibition, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, June - August 1994, contributing artist

* Richard E. Beasley National Invitational Tribute Exhibition '93 - Invitational international group exhibition of original calligraphy, Northern Arizona University Creative Arts Complex, Flagstaff, AZ, September 1993, contributing artist

* Alphabetics: East to West, An Exhibit of Multi-Cultural Lettering Art - invitational group exhibition of original calligraphy and lettering art, Pratt Institute, President’s Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, September, 1993, contributing artist

* Penmarks/Brushmarks - two-person exhibition of original calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Mahoney Library, College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, May 1993

* Spirited Eyes - Invitational group exhibition of multi-media fine art, St. John's Church, Newark, NJ, November 1992. Awarded honorable mention, original concrete poetry

* Kalligraphia VI - group exhibition, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, June - August 1991, contributing artist

* Lettering As Art - two-person exhibition, Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, NJ, April 1991

* Lettering As Art - two-person exhibition, Playhouse 22 Lobby, East Brunswick, NJ, October - November 1990

* Quotation Marks - solo exhibition of original calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Monmouth County Library, Howell, NJ, July 1990

* Love & Letters - group exhibition of original calligraphy, Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD, February 1990, contributing artist

* Beyond The Alphabet - group exhibition of calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Barnsdall Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA, Autumn 1988, contributing artist

* For Art's Sake - group exhibition of multi-media fine art, Helen Day Arts Center, Stowe, VT, September 1987, contributing artist

* Dreams & Visions - group exhibition of original calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV 1984, curator and contributing artist.


PRESENTATIONS

"Poetic Medicine: Writing Away the Demons" - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ - Creative Arts Healthcare Grand Rounds - presenter - April, 2011

"Writing Away the Demons" - National Association for Drama Therapy - 30th International Conference - White Plains, NY - poetry reading and workshop presentation - November, 2009

"Breaking Down The Walls: Reaching Youth, Families and Communities Through The Arts" - Arts-in-Prevention Conference - Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ - poetry reading - October, 2009

Cornelia's Cafe - Greenwich Village, New York City - poetry reading - July, 2009

"Calligraphy Art Camp" - Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ - Week-long art camp for children ages 11-14 - artist facilitator - July, 2009

"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ - 6-week workshop series for HIV-positive women- facilitator - May-June, 2009

"The Woman Who Plowed Verses" - Chapter 1 author, Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing anthology - North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., St. Cloud, MN - published May, 2009

"Lifestories: Memoir Writing and Journaling" - Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ - workshop facilitator - February, 2009"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - New Jersey Women and Aids Network, East Orange, NJ - 6-week workshop series for HIV positive women - facilitator - August-October, 2008

"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - New Jersey Women and AIDS Network Wellness Conference, Newark, NJ - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ - workshop facilitator - March, 2008

"Lifelines: Memoir Writing and Journaling" - South Brunswick Senior Center, South Brunswick, NJ - workshop facilitator - August - November, 2007

"Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand" - Hunterdon County Recreation - workshop facilitator - October 2007"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - Montclair State University - workshop facilitator - January, 2006

"Soul Tracks: Reflective Writing to Reduce Stress" - Breast Cancer Resource Center, Princeton, NJ - workshop facilitator - December, 2006

* Princeton Adult School, Princeton NJ. Calligraphy Workshop - Lectures, demonstrations and multi-media practical lessons in calligraphy as an expressive medium - September 1991-November 2007

* College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ. January 2003-March 2003 - Calligraphy and the Shape of Emotional Content

* New Brunswick Senior Resource Center - New Brunswick, NJ. October 2001-May 2002 - Soul Tracks - series funded by a grant from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Calligraphy Workshop explored the stress-reducing and expressive possibilities of artful handwriting through fun and creative activities

* Salute to the Visionaries - Prevent Blindness of New Jersey awards banquet, Princeton, NJ. January, 1999 - guest artist, concrete poetry exhibition, calligraphy demonstration

* Jersey Shore Calligraphers Guild - Fair Haven, NJ. May, 1998 - LETTERA ANTICA: The Roots and Wings of Carolingian - calligraphy workshop guest instructor

* Suffolk Scribes Calligraphic Retreat - Muttontown, Long Island, NY. November, 1993 -Calligraphy for Insight, Healing & Self-Expression - weekend calligraphy retreat - resident artist/facilitator

* Monmouth Cablevision TV-34 - Belmar, NJ. July, 1991. Featured artist.

* Mercer County Teen Arts Festival - Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ. April, 1991, 1992. Calligraphy for Communication and Self-Expression

* New Dorp High School - Staten Island, NY. May, 1991 - Calligraphy for Communication and Self-Expression, art department career series, visiting artist

* Kiwanis Club - East Brunswick NJ, 1989 - guest speaker, The Artful Letter

* Jersey Shore Calligraphers Guild - Edison, NJ. 1988 - Calendar Design: Space and Time Beyond the Grid, - calligraphy workshop guest instructor

* Rotary Club - Stowe, VT, 1987 - The Artful Letter slide lecture

* Community College of Southern Nevada (formerly Clark County Community College) - Las Vegas, NV. Fall, 1983 - instructor, 8-week calligraphy course

* Charleston Heights Community School - Las Vegas, NV. 1981-1984 - instructor, 8-week calligraphy course, 2 semesters a year


PUBLICATIONS


* NOTES FROM NEW YORK: The Newsletter of the Society of Scribes, Ltd., Fall 2013- Bogle cork graphite drawing, contributing artist.

* OFF THE CUFFS: An Anthology of Poetry Written By and About the Police, Soft Skull Press, January 2003 - Mining for Eureka, original poem, author.

* THE MUSELETTER, The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Washington, D.C. - 24-page newsletter for creative arts therapy professional organization, 13 issues beginning November 1997, managing editor, art director.

RHYME & RITUAL: Reflections on Self, Family and Community, Poetry anthology sponsored by NCC/Family Services Bureau, Newark, NJ, July 2000 - In Praise of Silence, I Saw a Sofa Walking, Mining for Eureka, original poems, author.

* POET’S PROCESS: Favorite Original Poems of NAPT Members, Poetry anthology sponsored by the National Association for Poetry Therapy, April 2000 - Queen of the Funny Bone Follies, original poem, author.

* TASTE THIS: Guilty Food Pleasures of the Poets, Pudding House Press, November 1999 - Instant Mashed Potatoes, original poem, author.

* Particles of Exchange - limited edition artist book of original poetry, 28 pages, 1999; Fox River Confetti covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread.

* The Underside of Leaves - open edition artist book of original poetry, 72 pages, May 1998; Canson MiTientes covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread and beadwork.

* Dry Red - limited edition artist book of original poetry, 80 pages, December 1996; Fabriano Roma covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread.

* Letter Arts Review, Spring, 1996 - Letter Jesters, book review, author.

* Glen Epstein’s 1995 Calendar of Country Knowledge & Extraordinary Americana - Iowa City, IA, contributing artist.

* The Colorized Atkinson Plates, 1995, ST Publications, softcover book, contributing artist.

* CNN Cable Television News, Diplomatic License, January 1994 - guest artist interviewed for Calligraphia opening, United Nations lobby, New York City

* ARTimes, June 1991 - A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures, subject of artist profile by Marion Burdick.

* Time Off, Princeton Packet cover feature, January 1991 - Letter Perfect, subject of artist profile by Richard Shea.

* The Artful Letter - 1989, 1991, 1992 Engagement Calendars, Universe Books, New York City, contributing artist.

* Calligraphy Review, Winter, 1989 - The Housekeeping Story, article author.

* Calligraphy Review, Fall, 1987 - Hands Across the Millennia, article author.

* Metropolis, September 1989 - The Write Stuff, subject of artist profile by Gini Sikes.

* ALPHABET, Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy, August 1989 - Japonisme, article author.

* SOS, Newsletter of the Society of Scribes, Spring 1989 - Painting With Words, article author.

* Signs of the Times, October 1988 - Letterforum, article author.

* Signs of the Times, March 1988 - Colorize Atkinson, article contributing artist.

* Signs of the Times, January 1988 - cover design collaboration with Al Zanetti.

* KNPR, Nevada Public Radio - Henderson, NV. March, 1984 and April, 1985 - Women in Art - subject of artist profile by Theresa Rogers.


OTHER PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AWARDS


* The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Costa Mesa, CA, May 2004

* National Association for Poetry Therapy, elected board member 1999-2002

* National Association for Poetry Therapy - managing editor/art director, The Museletter, a 24-page, tri-annual newsletter, November 1997-March 2002

* Distinguished Service Award - National Association for Poetry Therapy - May 2000

* Healing Words/Sacred Spaces: Poetry Therapy for Many Voices - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Albuquerque, NM, May 2000; board member

* At The Crossroads of Humanities and Healing: How Written, Spoken, and Performed Words Enrich the Human Story and Spirit - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Charleston, SC, May 1999; board member

* Character & Context in Chinese Calligraphy - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. One-day international symposium tracing calligraphy’s evolution and highlighting how calligraphy, as physical embodiment, is an external manifestation of powerful inner states, March 1999.

* Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival - Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ. 4-day festival of poetry readings, lectures, workshops, panels, and evening poetry performances, September 1998

* Poetry in the Public Sphere - A Conference on Contemporary Poetry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 4-day conference of lectures, plenary sessions, poetry readings, panel discussions, and evening poetry performances, April 1997.

* Trenton State College Writers Conference - one-day conference of workshops, panel discussions, and readings, April 1996; faculty

* Trenton State College Writers Conference - one-day conference of workshops, panel discussions, and readings, April 1994

* Calleidoscope : The Thirteenth International Gathering of Lettering Artists - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ, July 1993, faculty

* Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - private calligraphy tutor to Visiting Fellow from Devon, England, Summer, 1992,

* The Alphabet as a Technology in the West - two-day symposium presented by international members of The Institute of Semitic Studies; a series of historic, linguistic, semiotic, anthropologic, sociologic, classic, and archaeologic lectures on writing systems and the roots of Western civilization, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 1989

* Letterforum: The Eighth International Calligraphy Conference - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Marymount University, Arlington, VA. August 1988

* Society of Environmental Graphic Designers Regional Conference - weekend international lectures relative to the creation of exhibitions and public spaces at the Smithsonian Institution; diagramming the creative process; map-making by the National Park Service; elements of an environmental design curriculum in schools; and the design of permanent exhibitions and architectural graphics for the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Baltimore, MD, April 1988

* Society of Environmental Graphic Designers Regional Conference - weekend international lectures and narrated tours relative to the unique Saarinen design aesthetic of campus, furnishings, and weaving barn; the redesign of wayfinding systems for the Louvre Museum; Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI, August 1987

* Innovations: The Sixth International Assembly of Lettering Artists - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ, July 1986

* Calligraphy Experience: The Fifth International Calligraphy Conference - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, June 1985

* Calligraphy Connection: The First International Assembly of Lettering Artists - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, St. John’s University, St. Cloud, MN, June 1981


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