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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield, MO. (November 8, 2021) – The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to present Linda Lopez: Long Lost, opening Saturday, November 20 at 10 AM. Linda Nguyen Lopez (b. 1981, Visalia, CA) is a first-generation American artist of Vietnamese and Mexican descent. Her unexpected porcelain sculptures investigate language and identity as imaginatively embedded in the mundane objects around us. Both playful and introspective, Lopez’s "dust furries” and “mops” accumulate rocks and lint and direct our attention to the potential life of the everyday objects that live quietly alongside us. Her work was recently included in the Crafting America exhibition at Crystal Bridges.
Conceptualized over the course of the multiple pandemics happening concurrently in the United States over the last two years, this exhibition presents new work influenced by a variety of themes and ideas that have surged to the surface as Lopez has navigated quarantine, remote work, shifts in childcare, and the horrific uptick in racially motivated violence. This major solo exhibition will feature immersive spaces, mosaics, and sculptures.
Lopez received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico (2006). She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2010). Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. Lopez lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is represented by the Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami and the David B. Smith Gallery in Denver.
See Linda Lopez: Long Lost in our Eldredge, Spratlen, and Armstrong Galleries from November 20, 2021 through March 20, 2022. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission is always free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit www.sgfmuseum.org or contact Joshua Best, Museum Affairs Officer at (417) 874-2859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.