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SC Arts Commission 2018 Visual Arts Fellow

Linda Fantuzzo

Jonathan TabbertLinda Fantuzzo lives in Mt. Pleasant and works full-time in her downtown Charleston studio. She was born in Endicott, N.Y. and graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fines Arts in Philadelphia in 1973 and then moved to Charleston, where she established her career as artist.

 

Fantuzzo is a painter whose imagery spans many subjects such as landscape, still life, and portraiture. No matter the subject, her imagery is rendered with painterly surfaces and an appreciation for the light observed. Though she is known for landscapes and cityscapes, some of her recent landscape paintings depict places considered marginal; these are places devoid of the picturesque. This interest in the idea of the marginal has led to portraits of people who in some cases live “marginal” lives; many of them have been accused of crimes. For Fantuzzo, image making has provided the means to respond to what she observes in our environment and society.

 

Fantuzzo is active within the arts community. She has served on the panel for the S.C. State Arts Commission Acquisitions Committee for two years, the steering committee for the Trident Region Arts & Culture Plan, and as a juror for Charleston Artists League, the Saul Alexander Gallery, and the Charleston City Art Gallery.  In 2000, Fantuzzo co-curated the exhibition Sehnsucht, The Art of Pati Croffead, and in 2002, she was the project director for Larger Than Life: A Second Story Show that was sponsored by the Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. Fantuzzo has been a sign painter, worked for film companies as a scenic painter, worked in offset printing, and volunteered for many years as a supernumerary in seven operas presented during the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.

 

Fantuzzo’s art is in the State Art Collection and many private collections, and her paintings hang in the permanent collections of the Gibbes, Greenville County, and Burroughs/Chapin museums in South Carolina.