Linda Lou Horn

Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA

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Mixed Media/Sculpture & 3D

Fiber Arts

Artist's Statement

Growing up in St. Paul Minnesota as the eldest daughter of 10 children, making things from something found began early. My mom pioneered recycling and dad had a rubbish removal business. I loved going to the dump with dad. There I found the richness of “trash” as material.

As a kid I wanted to be an artist and did not have an ability to draw.  My creative energies were directed into helping within the family and then into professional care-giving. Turning 50, my artist desires re-awakened and I wanted a different second half to my life.  As a symbolic gesture for change and freedom, I jumped out of an airplane for a 2 mile free fall. “Letting go” redirected my artist journey and now I live and work as an artist.

Living in Philadelphia, I am a self taught artist working in found objects, air-dried modeling clay, fibers and other mixed media.  My three dimensional sculpture features the human, animal and biomorphic forms.

My media is something old and found, non-art materials, things that had a previous life and not intended for the purpose I am giving them. Interested and inspired by the human condition, my work is about discovering the old, the broken, the damaged, that which was lost and abandoned.  I give each “find” my awareness, attention, my openness to discovery which brings out its energy, personality and strengths. The resulting metamorphosis is a fusion of perception and humor, a discovery of something new with value and worth.

Finding the balance between the polarities, the serious undertones and a playful spirit is always a challenge.  My 40 plus years as a nurse, social activist, and gestalt psychotherapist helps me see the possibilities and the best in the broken and discarded.

Selected Exhibitions

Tossed and Found, Gallery at St. Asaph's, Bala Cynwyd, PA

New Works in Found Objects, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Soft Figures with Hard Edges, Outsider Folk Art Gallery, Reading, PA

Illusions/Illuminations, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paper and Clay, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

Skin and Bones, Spring Mill Gallery, Conshohocken, PA

If Walls Could Talk, The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers at James Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Rocking Germantown, The Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Critters and Beasts, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Darla Jackson
Honorable Mention

Finders Keepers, The Arts Trust, West Chester, PA

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers: Lost and Found, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Archives Alchemy: Art of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, The National Archives, Philadelphia, PA

Mediums Show, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Circus Terminal USA, Studio B, Boyertown, PA

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

Artist Books & Assemblage Art, Lakeland College, Kirkland, OH

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ

Second Annual Community Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Play: Toying With Art, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Death, Salon Des Amis, Malvern, PA

C3, Create. Connect. Collect, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Find, Inspire, Create, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA

Found Objects, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the Dumpster Divers, Pebble Hill Gallery, Doylestown, PA

Buildings, Salon Des Amis, Malvern, PA

Art of the Dumpster Divers, Noyes Museum of Art, Hammonton, NJ

Ecologically Correct, Outsider Folk Art Gallery, Reading, PA

TransFORmation, Hicks Art Center, Newtown, PA

Found Object Art, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A Little on the Trashy Side, Elkton Arts Center, Elkton, DE

Games We Played: Remade, Burlington Arts Center, Mt. Holly, NJ

Animal Show, Salon Des Amis, Malvern, PA

Recycling is AMAZing, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Implements Implications, Schuykill Center, Philadelphia, PA

Toying with Art, City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Found Object Art, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Spirited Women Artists, Main Line Art Center, Devon, PA

The Figure in Found Objects, Crafts for Living, Philadelphia, PA

Fine Craft and Folk Art Festival, Annandale, VA

The Animal Show, Salon Des Amis, Malvern, PA

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Home and Planet Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Chestnut Hill for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the Dumpster Divers, Sedgwick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Long Beach Island Art & Craft Show, Loveladies, NJ

Enchant Your Eyes, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Found Object Art, Museum of Trenton, Trenton, NJ

Members Show, Artsbridge at Canal Studios, Lambertville, NJ

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Dogs Unleashed, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

Guild of Papermakers, Cheltenham Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA

National Juried Exhibition, Artsbridge at Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ
Juror: David Rago
First Place Sculpture Award

David Rago Exhibition, David Rago Auction Gallery, Lambertville, NJ Award for First Prize

Art in the Environment, Schuykill Nature Center, Philadelphia, PA

Art from Detritus, John Jay College, New York, NY

Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Juried Exhibition

Paper Awareness VI, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Member Show, Artsbridge Gallery, Stockton, NJ

Illuminations, American Craft Gallery at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ

Craftforms 2000, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Defining Vessels, Chico Arts Center, Chico, CA

New Visions, Philadelphia Furniture Show, Philadelphia, PA

Paper Awareness V, Main Line Art Center, Bryn Mawr, PA

Juried Members Show, Main Line Art Center, Bryn Mawr, PA 1999

Art and Handmade Paper, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Works on Paper, Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper, Main Line Art Center, Bryn Mawr, PA 1997

Works on Paper, Main Line Art Center, Bryn Mawr, PA

Paper Awareness, Sisters Gallery, Sinking Springs, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Schwartz, Chip, “DaVinci Art Alliance Turns the Heat Up”, Knights Foundation, August 2015

Brewer, Don, “Trash to Treasure”, Don Art News, January 2013

Hoo, Cassandra, “Recovered Delights: The Inventive World of Found Objects”, Side Arts Blog, August 2012

Siegal, Marcia, "Dumpster Diver", Milestones, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, May 2010

O’Brien, Linda, "Who’s Your Dada? Redefining the Doll", Quarry Books, 2009

Morrell, Pat, “Debris D’Art”, American Style, August 2005

Fowler, Marie, “Dumpster Diva Linda Horn”, Chestnut Hill Local, February 2003

Donohoe, Victoria, “Review, Guild of Papermakers”, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2002

Strauss, Robert, “Local Artist Gone to the Dogs”, Chestnut Hill Local, September 2002


Skinner, Tina (Ed), Found Object Art III, Schiffer Publishers, 2009


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MS, Nursing

Marycrest College, Davenport, IA
BS, Nursing

Anoka-Ramsey Junior College, Associate of Arts, Coon Rapids, MN

Miller Hospital, St. Paul, MN
Diploma, Nursing