Linda Rzoska

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

Linda Rzoska
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Linda Rzoska [ZOO-ska] is an artist and teacher. She was educated as a fine artist using the traditional media for painting and drawing, later, working as a graphic designer and illustrator, she became involved in digital media.

She joined the faculty at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) in 2000 as a founding member of KVCC's academic unit the Center for New Media where she teaches design and illustration classes. Before joining KVCC she worked in the corporate/private sector as a graphic designer and illustrator. Rzoska has received a number of awards for her illustration and fine art; notable are two International Awards of Excellence from the Society of Technical Communications and Best of Show in the 2013 Carnegie Center for the Arts Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition. Rzoska's artwork has been selected for numerous juried shows and is represented in many private collections. A few of her most prominent solo exhibitions were in It Skildershuis Atelier in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, The Burren College of Art, Ireland and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The majority of Rzoska's current work is created with both traditional and digital media.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I strive to represent the spirit of the landscape in my artwork. I’m representing my own relationship and communication with the landscape intertwined in a personal mythology. I attempt not to reproduce what I see through my eyes but create a visual representation of what I experience, perhaps my artwork could be described as "contemplative landscapes". The artwork visually displays my personal sense of spiritual connection and an invisible and inaudible communication.

I was educated as a fine artist in traditional media for painting and drawing –later when working as a graphic designer and illustrator I became involved with digital media. Some of my current work is created with both traditional and digital media. I label these pieces “mixed media” and list the media in the order of its use in the creation of the artwork. Most often traditional media is used in 90% to 95% of the artwork’s creation.

LINDA RZOSKA

b. 1954, South Haven, Michigan
Lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan

EDUCATION
  • 2005Aquinas College, MBA
  • 1976Western Michigan University, BS
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2013Solo Exhibition, NInth Wave Studio
  • 2012Solo Exhibition: "VIRIDITAS", Center for New Media, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2011Solo Exhibition, Nazareth Transformation Center
  • 2011Solo Exhibition, Western Michigan University
  • 2009Sabbatical Exhibition, Center for New Media at Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2009Solo Exhibition, Burren College of Art, Roscommon, Ireland
  • 2009Solo Exhibition, It Frysk Skilderhus, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • 2006Solo Exhibition, Nazareth Transformation Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 2006Solo Exhibition, Fire, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 1999Juried Michigan Artists Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2014Sense of Place: Invitational Exhibition, Portage District Library, Portage, MI
  • 2014Juried Regional Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
  • 2013Juried West Michigan Regional Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
  • 2013Juried Michigan Artists Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI
  • 20132 Person Exhibit: "Trees", It Frysk Skilderhus, Soest, The Netherlands
  • 2013Juried Regional Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
  • 2012Juried Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
  • 2012Group Exhibition, Ninth Wave Studio
  • 2011Group Exhibition, Ninth Wave Studio
  • 2011Invitational July Exhibition, Midtown Gallery
  • 2010Center for New Media Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2010Juried Regional Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts
  • 2009Center for New Media Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2008Center for New Media Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2007Center for New Media Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2005Center for New Media Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2004Landscape in The Forum, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2004Poetry & Artwork, Parkview Hills, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 2003Out Of The Wasteland, Parkview Hills, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 2002Center for New Media Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • 2000Juried Regional Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts
  • 1999Juried West Michigan Regional Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
  • 1999Juried Regional Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts
  • 1987Juried Regional Competition, Krasl Centre for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI
  • 1984Juried West Michigan Regional Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
  • 1983Juried Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art
  • 1983Juried Regional Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts
  • 1978Member's Exhibition, Samarkand Artist Market
  • 1977Member's Exhibition, Samarkand Artist Market, Grand Rapids, MI
PUBLIC PROJECTS
  • 2013Art Prize, Monroe Community Church
AWARDS
  • 2013Best of Show, Carnegie Center for the Arts
  • 2013Best of Show, Art Center of Battle Creek
  • 20135th Place, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
  • 1993Award of Excellence, Society of Techinical Communications-International
  • 1991Award of Excellence, Society of Techinical Communications
  • 1988Award of Excellence, Society of Techinical Communications
  • 1987Purchase Award, Krasl Art Centre
  • 1985Award of Excellence, Society of Techinical Communications
  • 1984Award of Excellence, Society of Technical Communications
RESIDENCIES
  • 2002Burren College of Art
Ninth Wave Studio
213 West Walnut Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
For information on sales, exhibits, representation and studio visits, please contact Linda Rzoska directly: lrzoska@sbcglobal.net