Linda Celestian


Contact Information

linda@lindacelestian.com

Phone: 302-478-1329

http://www.lindacelestian.com/

Wilmington, DE

http://www.lindacelestian.com/category/blog/

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting

Fiber Art

Artist's Biography

Linda Celestian’s colorful paintings and sculptures are a testament to her love of nature.

Growing up in upstate NY, her summers were spent traversing the Finger Lakes on her family boat and camping on the shores of Lake Ontario.

She received a BFA from Moore College Of Art and Design in Philadelphia and completed a year of Graduate Studies called 5th Year Program. In 2014 she took a Public Art course with Nancy Blum at Penland School of Crafts in NC. This led her to begin experimenting with new mediums like glass, mosaics, murals and large paintings on theater scrim.

She’s received numerous grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Artist's Statement

Nature is my muse. I work with paint in its fluid form inspired by both the macro and micro worlds of the universe.

Working in partnership with the laws of nature I let paint run and puddle. I manipulate my materials to imitate natural occurrences such as the sky, ice, decay, water, and patterns created by wind and rain.

My silk sculptures are abstract interpretations of natural elements with the intention of bringing the power and beauty of nature inside. Like the paintings, their forms are based on observations from the ocean to the smallest fungus growths found on dead trees. The emphasis on fluidity and natural markings brings a fresh and earthy quality to the work.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
Confluence, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA

The Beach and Beyond, Camp Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2016
Fluent, Delaware Division of the Arts, Mezzanine Gallery Wilmington, DE
Fellowship

2015
Overflowing, Crane Arts Building, Hall (InLiquid), Philadelphia, PA

2014
Crescendo, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA

Overflowing, The Hall, Inliquid at the Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Oceans, Isles and Shoals, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

2011
Outpouring, Delaware Division of the Arts, Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Waterways, Hatch Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2004, 2008
Annual Arden Fair, Arden, DE

1995
Nature’s Bounty, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Group
2017
Biggs Picture Juried Landscape Competition, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
Juror: Jason Rosenfeld

Elemental, InLiquid @ Lacey and Phillips Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Sky Frame, 2 Commerce Square, Philadelphia (InLiquid)

2013
Five in Fiber, Gallery 37, Milford, DE

Broad Spectrum: Members’ Juried Show, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Juror: Molly Donavan

2012
Art in the Open: Philadelphia, Exhibition, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Vanity Fare, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Jurors: Lyn Godley, Pam Ptak
Awarded Best in Show

FiberPhiladelphia, Outside, Inside the Box, The Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Jurors: Elisabeth R. Argo, Bruce D. Hoffman, Judith Weisman

2011
RSVP, LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

3rd Street Gallery Community Exhibit, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
NEW:Members’ Juried Exhibition, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Juror: Roberta Fallon

National Small Works Painting, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY
Jurors: Mariann Loveland, Roger Smith

2009
On the Fringe of Fiber, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: K. Pannepacker

The Possibilities of Pause, Delaware Art Musuem, Wilmington, DE
Juror: Carina Evangelista

2008
Essential Elements, Hatch Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

The Natural World, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Juror: Robert P. Metzger

Natural Progression, Hatch Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2006, 2007
Hatch Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2002
Hardcastle’s Gallery, Wilmington, DE
Juried Exhibition, Award Winner

1998
Markiem Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

Publications

2015
Studio Visit, Volume Twenty-Seven

Grants

2016
Delaware Division of the Arts, Emerging Fellowship in Painting

2014
Delaware Division of the Arts, Emerging Artist Fellowship, Honorable Mention, Wilmington, DE

2012, 2013
Delaware Division of the Arts, Opportunity Grants, Wilmington, DE

2003
Delaware Division of the Arts, Artist in Residence, Wilmington Montessori School, Wilmington, DE

2002
Delaware Division of the Arts, Artist-in-Residence, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Wilmington, DE

Education

1983 – 1988
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Fashion Design
Post-Graduate Study in Painting and Sculpture