L I N D A   F O A R D   R O B E R T S       


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Linda Foard Roberts’s work is deeply personal, rooted in memory, family and local histories, combined with philosophical inquiries about life, death, and basic human rights. Using 8" x 10" and 5" x 7" cameras and preferring the imperfections of old lenses and the history that is untold within them, her work is poetic and moving, crossing language and cultural barriers.

In 2016 she completed her first monograph, Passage, published by Radius Books, debuting at Paris Photo with signings at AIPAD in New York and Hauser and Wirth. In 2017 she was the guest speaker at the Visionary Women's presentation where 250 copies of her book were given to the attendees. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally including Australia, Guatemala, Argentina, and Germany. She is represented by SOCO Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina and Sol del Rio, Guatemala City, Guatemala. She lives and works in Weddington, North Carolina where she is raising her children.

Her work is currently in the Wrestling the Angel exhibition at the Bechtler Museum of Art with Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Niki de Saint Phalle, Georges Rouault, and Jean Tinguely. Four of her eight foot trees from her Grounded Series are currently on view at the Mint Museum in the Permanent Collection. Next year, her work will be included in an exhibition at The Moss Art Center at Virginia Tech about trees.  In 2017 she had a one person exhibition at SOCO gallery, accompanied by book signings and gallery talks. In 2016, she produced an 8 foot by 8 foot installation for an environmental exhibition, Keeping Watch, which focused on air with Andrea Poli's Partical Falls, and Bernard Smildes' Cloud Series. Her work was exhibited with Sally Mann, David Hilliard, Raymond Grubb and Carolyn DeMeritt in the exhibition Kindred at SOCO Gallery. She was also in an exhibition with Sally Mann, Margaret Sartor, Ralph Eugene Meatyard at The North Carolina Museum of Art in the exhibition The Energy of Youth: Depicting Childhood.  Her platinum palladium work was represented in the exhibition Actual Size at Cassihaus Gallery, exploring the photographic contact print. Her series Passage was exhibited at Robert Koch Gallery with Jerry Burchard and Debbie Flemming Caffery. Her work was also exhibited with Luis Gonzalez Palma in the exhibition Esteeming the Pearls at The Light Factory Photographic Arts Center, and the following year at Sol del Rio in Guatemala City and as well as the following year for Photo 30.  Passage work was chosen for Photography Now: one hundred portfolios selected from 1300 portfolios representing 60 countries from around the world as well as chosen for Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass top 50 and was included in an exhibition titled Shootn' Southern; Women Photographers, Past and Present at the Mobile Museum of Art. This work also traveled to 34 venues through North Carolina in the exhibition Telling Our Stories organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art.  Her work was included in the exhibition Mirror Image at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Father's Day from her series Belongings was awarded second place for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Fine Art and was exhibited in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Palais de Glace. Her work was exhibited at The North Carolina Museum, Close to Home Recent Acquisitions. She is a recipient of a North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship Grant.  She has been a darkroom printer for over 35 years and produces her images as toned gelatin silver and pigment prints on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper.

Her work is in the collections of The North Carolina Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Norton Museum, The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, The Mint Museum of Art, Bank of America, the Harry Ransom Center, The Bechtler Museum, The Ritz-Carlton, Duke Energy, Fidelity Investments, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Haarmann & Reimer, Germany, King & Spalding, The Cassihaus Collection and many private collections.

1987-1990 Arizona State University, School of Art, Tempe, Arizona.
Masters of Fine Arts.
1985 Tasmania School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Independent Study.
1981-1984 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina. Scholarship student.


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