Linda L. Chappel

Artist's Statement

Art is one way to understand the relationship between humans and the earth.  Our intrinsic and complex connections to the wider community of animals, plants and  land  are the center of my art work. The layering of symbols records my understanding of these connections. I am also interested in the persistence and interplay of visual symbols from various cultures and across time. The use of expressive line and color draws the attention to the importance of the physical and tactile nature of creating art. Symbolic use of colors, shapes and animal forms dominate my image construction.  Using a wide range of media allows me to layer ideas through physically layering images. The physical presence of the art is an important part of the process and each of these materials allow me to leave traces of my physical interaction with the art.

Ultimately, I am interested in the art object and to inspire others to contemplate the importance of understanding our relationship to the earth in contemporary society.


Linda Chappel’s formal studies in art began at the University of Madison, Wisconsin where she was fortunate to study in the sculpture department with Dan Reitz, George Cramer, and Truman Lowe.  She graduated from Madison with a bachelor degree in the Fine Arts in 1986. After graduation, she worked in various fields and as a fine artist in Santa Fe and Seattle and showed in a number of galleries, including the OK Hotel and FLN in Seattle.  In 1992 Linda decided to further her studies and came to the University of Arizona at Tucson for a Graduate degree in Art History and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Art History, specializing in Mexican Art History. She is currently a full-time instructor at Tohono O'odham Community College and shows her work throughout the Southwest.



2315 East Blacklidge Drive

Tucson AZ, 85719




2023-current   Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts, Tohono O’odham Community College, Sells, Arizona

2015-2023   Area chair and Instructor, Fine Arts, Tohono O’odham Community College, Sells, Arizona

2015-2016   Museum Educator/Collections Management, Tucson Desert Art Museum

2007-2015   Lead Instructor, Foundation Arts, Art Institute of Tucson

2001-2007   Instructor of Art and Art History, Tucson Design College 1998-2000   Instructor of Art and Art History, Art Center Design College, Tucson Arizona



1986 University of Madison, Wisconsin. B.S. Fine Art

1997 University of Arizona, Tucson. M.A. Art History



Celebrating Santa Cruz, September 2023, Juried Group Exhibition, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac Arizona

Encaustic Art, July 2022, Juried Group Exhibition, Ventana Gallery, Tucson Arizona 

On the Wild Side, January 2017, Juried Group Exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, Tucson Arizona 

Miracles, September 2015, Juried Group Exhibition, Krikwana Gallery, Tucson Arizona 

Arts Exchange, January 2015, College Arts Association Conference, Juried Group Exhibition, New York, New York

Lost and Found, August 2014, Raices Taller 222, Juried Group Exhibition, Tucson Arizona 

Cycles, Jewish Community Center, September 2014, Juried Group Exhibition, Tucson Arizona 

Refractions, April 2014, Tucson Pima Arts Council, three-person exhibit, Tucson Arizona

Love Your Mother (Earth) April 2014 The Drawing Studio, Juried Group Exhibition, Tucson Arizona 

Neo-Mimbreno, August 2013, Juried group exhibition, Western New Mexico University Museum and Silver City Museum, Silver City New Mexico

Mujeres, Mujeres, April 2013, Raices Taller 222, Juried Group Exhibition, Tucson Arizona 

Utopian Dreams, September 2012, juried by Kathryn Hratko, STEP Gallery, Arizona State University, Phoenix Arizona

Neo-Mimbreno, August 2012, Juried group exhibition, Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City New Mexico

Recollections, November 2011, solo exhibition, Arts Marketplace Gallery, Tucson Arizona

1st- 5th Annual Staff and Faculty Shows, May 2009-13, juried group shows, Art Institute of Tucson, Tucson Arizona 

Polos de Pueblo, April 2009, group show, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson Arizona 

Twenty-Eight Bowls, November 1990, group show, AFLN Gallery, Seattle Washington

Environments, June 1990, O.K. Hotel Gallery, juried exhibition, Seattle Washington

Choose, June 1989, solo exhibition, AFLN Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Outdoor Sculpture, August 1988, group show, AFLN Gallery, Seattle Washington

Incubator, April 1988, group show, Main Plant, Seattle Washington

Projectors and Receptors, May 1987, Solo exhibition, Reller/Beffle Studios, Seattle Washington

Group Show, February 1987, Reller/Beffle Studios, Seattle Washington

Cathedral Park Art Show, August 1986, open group show, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Peace Park, May 1986, juried group show, Madison, Wisconsin




Book review, “Making History: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art”, Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, April 25, 2022

Illustrations, Off the Wall, issue #1 and #2, 1991-92, award for local literary publication, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WS

Illustrations, Opinion Rag, Winter 1998,

Illustrations, Possessed, 1988-1989, issues #1-#4




 2024-upcoming “Whispers in the Wind” Tohono O’odham and Yaqui Artists, Untitled Gallery, Tucson, Arizona


2015 “Eye Dazzlers” Assistant to curator, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson Arizona


2007-2015   Ai Gallery, Art Institute of Tucson, Curated 6 shows yearly including invitational solo shows, student shows and juried group exhibitions

Linda L. Chappel