The Photography of Linda Day-Clark

Linda Day Clark, a professor at Coppin State U., is a nationally exhibited visual artist whose primary instrument is the camera. In 1998, Ms. Day Clark left her employment as an Educator at the Baltimore Museum of Art until she moved to Coppin in 1998. Her inspiration? She says that “the whispers of her ancestors greatly inform her imagery.”

Prof. Day Clark earned an A.A. from Howard Community College, a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Masters of Fine Art from the U. of Delaware.

Her work is widely known and praised. Her media appearances include a feature as a “Woman of Triumph” by Maryland Public Television and “Winners: Linda Day Clark” by WJZ Channel 13. Her photographs have been called, “Simple and stunningly beautiful.” by the Baltimore Sun; “What art is all about.” by The City Paper and “Winners!” by the New York Times.

Her many exhibitions include galleries and museums in New York, Maryland, California, Delaware, Philadelphia, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Missouri, Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Ms. Day Clark’s work is accessible in important books on photography including two authored by the MacArthur Award winning Deborah Willis Kennedy, “Reflections in Black: A History of African American Photography 1840-1999” and “Black: A Celebration of a Culture.” She is also featured in the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s ” Committed to the Image” by Barbara Millstein and “Spirit of Family” by Al and Tipper Gore. Ms. Day Clark’s creations are in many collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University and the Maryland Historical Society.

Prof. Day Clark has traveled to Gee’s Bend annually since 2002 when she made her first visit on assignment for The New York Times. Gee’s Bend is a small African-American town known for its quilting. She has taken many photographs of the area’s quilts and people, capturing the strong sense of community as well as the quilt-making tradition. Go to  http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/2008/323.html.

More of her photographs can be found at http://www.bakerartistawards.org/nominations/view/lindadayclark/.


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