Photograph by Jeff Rumans.

Bay Area artist and environmental activist Linda Gass is best known for her labor-intensive stitched paintings about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art for more than 20 years after a decade long career in software. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and in Europe and Russia, at venues including the Oakland Museum, the Bellevue Arts Museum and the US Embassy in Moscow. Gass’s work has been written about in The San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic’s All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey500 Art QuiltsThe Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Why We Quilt: Contemporary Makers Speak Out about the Power of Art, Activism, Community and Creativity, and American Craft as well as other publications. Her work is held in several public and private collections including the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF Hospital, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact. Awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship and the Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum and Zoo. Gass is a native Californian and has a studio at The Alameda Artworks in San Jose. When she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.

Linda near Piute Pass
The artist backpacking in the Sierra coming down from Paiute Pass. Photograph by Will Hirst.
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