Linnea L. Tober

Linnea L. Tober _Artist Biography (July 2012): digital artist, photographer and painter

Linnea Tober grew up in the small, seaside town of Monmouth Beach, NJ and has recently moved to the quaint little town of Havre de Grace, MD.

While Linnea has always enjoyed working with paint and mixed-media for years, focusing on women, their mystery and beauty; she works extensively in photography as of late; focusing on nature and digital photographic abstractions. Ms. Tober has been pleasantly surprised by both her passion and comfort level working within these various mediums, as well as the positive response from her many fans and collectors. She adores the thrill of her ‘digital paintings’; the way she can play with color and movement, her two favorite elements. Her process is one of taking photographs always thinking of what they can be transformed into….colors, textures, shadows; she is consistently creating visuals in her mind as she photographs her nature subjects….”how can I transform this into one of my unique nature abstract to make it more curious, flowing, organic, and visually stimulating” for the viewer…?’

She feels it is critical, as an artist, to give back to the community and has been involved in a variety of socially engaged projects since beginning her artistic career. Some of the her most recent ones being the Mid-State Arts Resource Team (MART) Sharks for the Arts project, which supported arts funding and research, The Healing Power of Art show at The Guild of Creative Arts in Shrewsbury, NJ, which supported women’s cancer education (both 2010 and 2011), The Ft. Monmouth Women’s Day program, fostering education in women’s history; a solo show at the Red Horse Gallery, in the Freehold Raceway Mall, NJ to raise awareness for Celiac Disease, in 2010. Most recently her work was in the Belmar, NJ Surf Art show, a benefit for the Hannah Pro; providing assistance to young women struggling with drug addictions. She has had artwork auctioned for breast cancer awareness/research in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ (Sep 2011) and at an art auction for the Mental Health Association in Red Bank, NJ (Oct 2011).

Linnea attended Brookdale Community College and received her AA in elementary education as well as a certificate in graphic design, moved on to Kean University where she received her BA in Art History/Fine Art and most recently graduated from Monmouth University with her MAT in Art Education.

She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the country at such places as the Monmouth Museum, Lincroft; the Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Tinton Falls, NJ; Gallery 13, Photo Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ; Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Asbury Park, NJ; Studio 2 Gallery, Austin, Texas; Still Point Art Gallery (on-line); Parachute Factory Gallery, New Haven, CT; LACDA, Los Angeles Center for Visual Art.

Linnea’s work was selected for The Peace Project, which traveled from Gallery 9, in L.A., to the Meridian Gallery, San Diego and Max Lang Gallery, New York. Jurors included Sylvia Laudien, of the Guggenheim and MoMA, and Karen Blessing, Pulitzer Prize winning illustrator of “Peace One Day”- (Sep- Nov 2010)*. Her photography work was accepted into the Ocean County Arts Guilds Annual Juried Photography Show, where the Juror was Bonnie Stutski’s, the Senior Photography Editor for Smithsonian Magazine. Her abstract work was accepted into the Visual Arts Center of NJ’s 25th International Juried Show, juried by Joan Young, Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Her work was accepted into the show “Energy’ at the Ocean County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; juried by Howard Fox, Emeritus curator of contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Linnea’s work was selected in February for the 2012 Inaugural Windsor-Whitney Biennial show juried by the one and only “Sucklord” from the Bravo TV show ‘Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” and the ‘Petroleum Paradox’ show, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, NY; juried by Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress; Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Miss Tober’s work was selected for a juried show at The Kinsey Institute’s for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington. Most recently Linnea’s work landed as a finalist in the Art Takes Times Square world-wide competition, where selected artists works were shown on LED billboards throughout Times Square.

Linnea has several solo exhibits scheduled in the near future. Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ is currently show-casing much of her digital abstractions for July 2012. The Palette and the Page in Elkton, MD will be featuring her work in November, the Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, DE will be hosting a solo show of her works in January of 2013, and the Subtle Rebellion Gallery, Bel Air, MD, will be hosting a solo show of her work February-April 2013.

Ms. Tober is currently represented by The Palette and the Page, Elkton, MD, The Creative Sanctuary, Havre de Grace, MD and Eyes of the World, Asbury Park, New Jersey.