The Artist

Since 1967, Linda Gissen has created ornamental and functional art works of metal, glass, enamel, and watercolor. Her works reside in museums and in corporate, liturgical and private collections nationwide.

Drawing from her Jewish heritage and animated by her studies of indigenous art of dozens of countries, Gissen informs her works with spirit — sometimes a spirit of awe and reverence, sometimes of wry playfulness.

Maintaining an independent studio since 1967 and as an award winning artist, Gissen has presented numerous workshops and lectures, including:  the Muscarelle Museum, Williamsburg, VA; Bergen Community Museum, Paramus, NJ; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Bloomingdales, NJ & NY. She has taught artist-in-residence programs and served as an independent consultant, curator, juror, and judge in fields of art, fine crafts, and Judaica.

Gissen has studied ethnic art and indigenous cultures in over 40 countries.

“As an artist with a background as a sociologist and cultural anthropologist, my work embraces the essence of the spirit and traditions of indigenous peoples. I strive to show the interconnections of individuals, their culture and the human experience. I attempt to connect the viewer of my sculpture to the vicissitudes of history.”

~Linda Gissen

Linda’s Team

Chris and Linda
Chris working
Talyn Strum

(Left: Chris Carlson and Linda GissenMiddle: Chris working in the shop - Right: Talyn Strum)

Chris Carlson started working with me as an apprentice while still in high school.  Since that time she has graduated college, with honors, as a master metal smith and has been a silversmith at Colonial Williamsburg for the past several years.  She now puts my ideas and designs into reality. Chris is assisted by Talyn Strum, a talented metal artist and blacksmith, who has also worked with me for a number of years.

The other very important parts of my team are Lori Shea, a graphic artist, photographer and my business manager, and publicist D’Arcy Weiss whose public relations talents have been instrumental in building the media and growing the reach of my vision for Women in Judaica. See the media stories and  press releases here.

Awards and Honors (selected)

(Selected list)

Who’s Who of American Women
2000 Sculpture Award – Portsmouth Museum
1997  People’s Choice Award – Norfolk  Waterfront Festival, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
1996  Merit Award – Peninsula Glass Guild
1995  Sculpture Award – Charles Taylor Art Show, Hampton, VA
1993  Best in Show – Stockley Gardens Art Show, Norfolk, VA
1992  Bronze Award – American Interfaith Institute
1991  Merit Award – WHRO, Norfolk, VA
1989  Woman of Achievement Award – Beth-El Congregation, Richmond, VA
1984  and 1987  Sculpture Ribbons – Metropolitan Artists Association, Richmond,  VA
1984  and 1986 Blue Ribbons – Jewish Community Center of Richmond, VA
1972  Sculpture Award – Morristown Art Show, Morristown, NJ

Public Commissions and Collections

(Selected list)

American Interfaith Institute – Philadelphia, PA
American Jewish Museum – Pittsburg, PA
American Jewish Society for Service – NY, NY
B’nai B’rith International – Washington, DC
B’nai Israel Congregation – Norfolk, VA
Beth Ahabah Museum – Richmond, VA
Beth Sholom Congregation – Teaneck, NJ
Beth-El Congregation – Tyler, TX
Beth Chaverim – Virginia Beach, VA
Congregation Beth Am – Teaneck, NJ
Congregation Beth El – Williamsburg, VA
Congregation Neve  Sholom – Metuchen, NJ
Congregation Beth Sholom – River Edge, NJ
Diocese of Virginia, Sacred Heart Cathedral  - Richmond, VA
Emek Sholom Cemetery – Richmond, VA
Jewish Federation – Detroit MI
Infilco Degremont Corporation – Richmond, VA
Keneseth Beth Israel – Richmond, VA
Newark Museum – Newark, NJ
Northeast Synod United Presbyterian Church USA
Ohef Sholom – Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University – Norfolk, VA
Prince of Peace Catholic Church – Chesapeake, VA
Rockford Art Museum -Rockford, IL
Rodef Sholom – Waco, TX
Sacred Heart Church – Norfolk, VA
Skirball Museum – Cincinnati, OH
Teaneck Township – Teaneck, NJ
Temple Emanuel – Winston Salem, NC
Temple Emanuel – Livingston, NJ
Temple Israel – Norfolk, VA
Temple Mickve Israel – Savanah, GA
Virginia Home Builders Association – Richmond, VA
The White House – Washington, DC
Women’s American ORT
Zonta International – NJ\ NY

Coolections of Public Personalities

Jeannie Baliles
Theodore Bikel
Senator Bill Bradley
President George H. W. Bush
Fred W. Friendly
Althea Gibson
Frances and Sydney Lewis
Edwin Newman
Dr. Albert B. Sabin
Congressman Robert Scott
Attorney General Mary Sue Terry
Dr. Elie Wiesel
Governor L. Douglas Wilder


(Selected list)

Artists Confronting the Inconceivable – Award Winning Glass Sculpture
A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas – by Carol Morris Little, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, 1996
Commonwealth and Community -by Melvin I. Urofsky, Virginia Historical Society,1997
Judaic Artisans Today, by Kathryn Morton, Flower Valley Press, Gaithersburg, MD, 2002
Miriam’s Cups – Ma’yan. The Jewish Women’s Project, NY 1997
Upon Thy Doorposts – by Belle Rosebaum., published by the Jacob and Belle Rosenbaum Foundation, New York, 1994
Visiting Miriam’s Well – Women of Reform Judaism, NY 2003


(* Denotes feature article – selected list)

Associated Press Photo News Service
*The Bergen Record, Bergen, NJ
B’nai B’rith Insider
Catholic News Service
Christian Herald
House Beautiful
*Jewish Journal
*Jewish News
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
*Metropolitan Woman
National Catholic Reporter
* National RepORTer
The New York Times
*Portfolio, Norfolk, VA
*Reflector, Richmond, VA
*Renewal, Norfolk, VA
*Richmond News Leader, Richmond, VA
Sculpture Magazine
*Style Weekly, Richmond, VA
*Virginian-Pilot and Ledger Star, Norfolk, VA