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A woman with shoulder-length brown curly hair poses next to a series of clay sculptures as big as her torso. One half of her hair is dyed blonde and she wears a white T-shirt with maroon-colored pants.

Portrait photo by Meredith Mashburn.


Linda Nguyen Lopez

She // Her // Hers


Fayetteville, Arkansas

With verbal meaning so imprecise and mutable, visual language became my way of expressing the world. Clay, whose malleability allows me to create objects that appear soft and playful, has allowed for endless possibilities.”

Linda Nguyen Lopez is a first-generation American artist of Vietnamese and Mexican descent. Lopez’s abstract works explore the poetic potential of the everyday by imagining and articulating a vast emotional range embedded in the mundane objects that surround us. She holds a BFA from California State University of Chico and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works are included in the permanent collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Springfield Art Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, and other public and private collections. She has exhibited at the Craft Contemporary Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, David B. Smith Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, and the Museum of Art and Design. Lopez is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas.

Donor -This award was generously supported by The Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.11.2024

A grouping of sculptural objects of various colors and sizes. The objects are covered in drooping textured pieces that give them a dust-mop appearance.

Dust Furries, 2019. Porcelain.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photograph of an entryway that opens into a baby-pink colored room. At the center of the room, a pink rectangular table with silver detailing. Seven ceramic structures — all of different shapes, sizes and colors — rest artfully.

Installation view of ypoqǝɯos exhibition, 2022. David B. Smith Gallery.

Photo courtesy of David B. Smith Gallery.

Large-scale, abstract ceramic sculptures are arranged in a room with blue carpet, each with a large lightbulb affixed to the top emitting a warm glow. In the foreground, an elongated sculpture stretches across the floor before jutting up toward the ceiling.

Installation view of Long Lost, 2021-2022. Springfield Art Museum.

Photo by Mark Jackson.