Largely inspired by pop culture, Linnie Damm combines fine art techniques with mixed media to create visually dynamic narratives. Linnie will receive her BFA in 2017, from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She was awarded the Faculty Women’s Club Helen Schaefer Scholarship in 2017, and has participated in numerous exhibitions, including a solo show in 2015.


      I have always had an interest in older things. As a child, my family and I would go to antique fairs where I would find myself fascinated by old photographs. While the idea of someone’s prized possessions becoming discarded after their death saddens me,  it also inspires me. With the transition of prized objects becoming meaningless, like the journey of life to death, I see an opportunity to give these images a new role.  Though the identities of the people in the photographs remain inherent, the images begin to tell new stories within my work.

      Combining the inspiration from vintage photography, primarily of women, with mixed media allows me to create a new narrative. I’ve always been interested in the idea of what happens after we die. Many cultures across the world have ways of celebrating and commemorating their dead loved ones. During the Victorian era, many people found comfort in spiritualism, hoping that there was a way to communicate with those they lost. Here in Southern Arizona, we have adopted Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos as a way to celebrate and honor our loved ones.  Though these are two completely separate cultures, the idea of remembering and communicating with those who have gone before us is universally comforting.  By taking inspiration from photography, I incorporate collage, embroidery, sequins, gold leaf, ink and paint to heighten the sense of the supernatural, and to represent the journey of finding peace for those who have been left behind.





 2017    Bachelors of Fine Arts, 2-D Emphasis

             University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

 2015    Associates of Applied Arts

             Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona


 2017    Faculty Women’s Club Helen Schaefer Scholarship

 2016    AA Spain Fine Arts Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions:

 2015    Delectables, Tucson, AZ

Group Exhibitions:

2017     Annual 2-D Juried Student Show, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

             BFA Senior Exhibition, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

             seven. BFA Studio Exhibition. Exploded View Micro Cinema, Tucson, AZ

             The Muse: Interpretations of the Figure. Spectral Arts Studios, Tucson, AZ

             Summer Show, Osher Lifetime Learning Center, Tucson, AZ

             On Exhibition, Santa Theresa Tile Works, Tucson, AZ

2015     On Exhibition, Petroglyphs, Tucson, AZ

             On Exhibition, Seis Kitchen, Tucson, AZ

2014     Annual Spring Student Show, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

             Annual Juried Student Show, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

             Annual Fall Student Show, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

 2013    Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ

              Mujeres! Mujeres! Mujeres!, Raices Taller Gallery, Tucson, AZ

  2012    Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ


2017      Artist's talk, Osher Lifetime Learning, Tucson, AZ

              Open Studios Fall Tour, Tucson, AZ







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