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Artist Statement

“Making art is a way of making sense of my experience. Looking is a form of listening and taking in the world. I photograph to make tangible this act of looking and feeling. Simply calling attention to the interaction of light on the surface of things has the potential to transform one’s apperception of those things and events, just as focused attention can transform thought. Over time, images, words, sounds and artifacts gathered from my daily experience are reworked in my studio. The resulting artwork is an expression of my desire to apprehend and give form to moments and events of significance.”—2019


Linda Cummings was born in Valley Forge, PA and studied fine arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and Rutgers University. Cummings lives and works in New York City and Branford, Connecticut. Since 1996 she has taught at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

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Linda Cummings is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Bronx Museum of Art, Yaddo Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center and the New Jersey Printmaking Council. Her work has been featured in leading fine art publications such as BLIND SPOT magazine, “Graver La Lumiere” Exhibition Catalogue, and the “Director’s Cut” of APERTURE. Cummings’ work is included in many private and museum collections, including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA; Muskarell Museum, Williamsburg, VA; NYU/Langone, New York, NY; New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, NY; Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT; Museo Nazionale della Fotographia de Brescia, Brescia, Italy; and Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland.


Vision/Sound: Allentown’s ’80s Arts Scene Revisited, 2017 Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center Arts, Muhlenberg College | Allentown, PA

Substance of Light, 2017 Farm River Studio | Branford, CT

Revisiting South Bethlehem, 2016 Lehigh University Art Gallery | Lehigh, PA

Natural Allusions, 2015 Addison/Ripley Fine Art | Washington, D.C.

Surface Notes, 2014 New Arts Program | Kutztown, PA

Touching the Farm River, 2014 Smilow Hospital | New Haven, CT

Waterlines, 2013 dm|contemporary | New York, NY

Stirring the Waters, 2010 dm|contemporary | New York, NY


Casting Off: Linda Cummings’s Slippages, Nancy Princenthal. 2020

Stirring the Waters, Exhibition Catalogue. dm|contemporary, New York, NY. 2010

“Ovulator Series”, Blindspot, Issue #152000

“In the Name of the Daughter”, Limited Edition (Photogravure). Smithsonian American Art Museum,Washington, D.C. 1997

Graver la Lumiere, Exhibition Catalogue. Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland. 2003

“Ovulator Series”, Limited Edition (Baseball Cards). The Whitney Museum of American Art (ISP), New York, NY. 1997

“Making Waves”, Linda Cummings. Art, Creativity and Psychoanalysis, ed. George Hagman. 2017

Beauty, Longing, and Fear”, Linda Cummings/Katy Martin. Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity and Healing, ed. Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson, Thomas P. Duffy. 2014

Cummings 2019 YNHH Dose of Nature 1

Dose of Nature. Yale New Haven Hospital, 2019



“Dose of Nature”, Linda Cummings. Yale University Auxiliary, Branford, CT

“ReVisiting Slippages”, Kathy Battista (Curator) & Linda Cummings. Artedolia Online Art


“Hysterical Gestures” Revisiting South Bethlehem Exhibition Interview, Ricardo Viera (Curator) & Linda Cummings. Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA


“Waterlines”, Exhibition Artist Talk, Linda Cummings. d|m Contemporary, New York, NY


“Beauty, Longing and Fear”, Making Sense Symposium, Linda Cummings & Katy Martin. Yale University, New Haven, CT


Linda Cummings has been teaching at the International Center of Photography for over twenty years, in photographic processes, darkroom techniques and sustaining a daily creative practice. Linda began her career as an industrial photographer for Mack Trucks in Allentown, PA. before moving to New York City to concentrate on fine art, teaching and art activism. She studied fine arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and Rutgers University.

Find more information about my exhibitions, publications and creative process here. Simply calling attention to the impressions of wind, water or light on the surface of things has the potential to transform one’s way of relating to what is perceived. Over time, what is gathered from my daily experience and perceptions is reworked in the artwork.