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After spending many years working in Botswana and in China, Linda Hudgins lives and works in her home studio at Tryon, NC. Linda’s work, energetic and vibrant with color, reflects her involvement and learning in different cultures as well as her own.

The work is oil, acrylic and/or mixed media. She has an MAE from the Rhode Island School of Design and has done graduate study in art at the New York University and in both Botswana and China in addition to many other schools and workshops.


juried exhibitions and awards

other exhibitions

gallery representation


other artistic involvements


professional memberships

study and work abroad


Artist’s Statement

I make art because I love the experience of being totally attentive and honestly responsive and trusting that the result will speak—emotionally, spiritually and even, perhaps, symbolically.

I love the rich colors and intriguing shapes that appear, as if by surprise, but I know it is because I trust my body to follow urges from my heart. These shapes and lines and colors often remind me, as I step back from the work, of shapes and lines and colors that I have lived with in other countries and more frequently, now, of those in my present world. I become part of the world that is created as I follow the lead.

Often, in the results, a richness of suggested imagery gives me and other viewers a source for dialogue and discovery. Sometimes while working I turn away for a moment and enjoy the familiar landscape outside my window. Turning back I find an alien world and feel lost until the work again teaches me to perceive the order within the chaos. I ask the viewer who finds the unfamiliar world to look for a moment to allow the work to reveal its own order and for the dialogue to begin.



education [ top ]

  • MAE Rhode Island School of Design
  • BA Converse College


  • A Brush with Clay, workshop with Gordon Bradshaw, TFAC, Tryon, NC, 2008
  • Batik techniques, Ghana, West Africa, 2000
  • Chinese decorative style painting, tutor, Chen Ying, Art Instructor, Guangxi Teachers University, Guilin, 1998
  • Pottery and Beadwork Workshop, Northern Art Teachers Association (NATA) Francistown, Botswana, 1995
  • Printmaking Workshop,NATA, Francistown, Botswana, 1995
  • Pottery Workshop (NATA), Lekgaba Pottery in Francistown, Botswana, 1994
  • Weaving Workshop (NATA) in Francistown, Botswana, 1993
  • RISD Honors Seminar for Teachers, 1990
  • Seminar for Teachers of Advanced Placement Studio Art, Oglethorpe University, 1990
  • Visual Studies Institute, Phillips Andover Academy and Pratt Institute, 1998
  • University of South Carolina Graduate School, Painting Critique, 1986
  • Summer Graduate Atelier Program, New York University, 1984

juried exhibitions and awards [ top ]

  • 2009 Carolina's Got Art, Charlotte, NC
  • 2009 ECHO Meredith College Rotunda Gallery, Raleigh, NC
  • 2009 Spartanburg Artists Guild Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2008 Tryon Painters and Sculptors Biennial Juried Exhibition, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC
  • Tryon Painters and Sculptors Biennial, 2008, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC
  • 2007 Spartanburg Artist Guild Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2004 Annual Juried Exhibition, the Bascom-Louise Gallery, Highlands Visual Arts Center, Highlands, NC
  • QS1 Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg
  • Spartanburg Artists Guild Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2002 “First Annual Small Works Juried Art Show” juror, Christie Taylor, Director, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC
  • 2000, 1975,1976,1979-1983,1985-88 Spartanburg Artists Guild Juried Shows,
  • 1995,1988 Guild of SC Artists Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 1994 “Artists in Botswana” National Museum, Monuments and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana,
  • 1991-1992 33rd Springs Mills Traveling Art Show, opening at McKissick Museum, USC
  • 1988 SC Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson, SC
  • 1989 NAEA Electronic Gallery, Washington, DC, and traveling show
  • 1988 SCAEA Teachers as Artists Juried Slide Show, University of SC
  • 1988 The First Annual N C N B Art Exhibition, juror, Salvatore G. Cilela, Jr, Executive Director the Columbia Museum of Art, NCNB, Spartanburg
  • 1988 South Carolina Arts Commission Annual Juried Exhibition, juror, Jerald Melberg. Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Stanback Museum, South Carolina State College, Orangeburg,
  • 1987 Greenville Open Juried Exhibition, Thomas Roe Fine Arts Center, Furman University
  • 1975,1976 South Carolina National Bank Annual Juried Show, Spartanburg


  • Johnson Develop Assoc. Inc. Community Excellence Award, Artists Guild of Spartanburg, 2000
  • Mountain Shoals Yacht Club Cash Award, 15th Artists Guild of Spartanburg Juried Exhibition, 1988, juror, Sandra Blain, Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Kimlo Custom Framing Cash Award, 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Artists Guild of Spartanburg, 1986, juror, Russ Warren, associate professor of art at Davidson College, NC
  • 6th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg Artists Guild, Spartanburg Arts Center Galleries, 1978, juror: Leo Marske, assistant professor of art at the College of Charleston
  • Juror's Choice, Greenville Open Juried Exhibition, 1987, jurors: Jacqueline Heer, artist: Judy Larson, curator, American Art, High Museum, Atlanta, GA
  • Billie Sumner Studio Gallery & Strathmore Paper Cash Award, SC Watercolor Society Annual Awards Exhibition, Traveling Exhibition, 1988
  • Springs Mill Annual Juried Exhibition Traveling Exhibition

other exhibitions


  • ( *2010 Wofford College Library Gallery, Spartanburg, SC)
  • ( *2009 LINDA HUDGINS paintings at Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, PR China)
  • 2009 Art Trek Tryon, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
  • 2009 Earthly Structures, Fulton County Public Library Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2009 Not Just Pretty, Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA
  • 2009 Immigration in Art, Depot Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
  • 2009 String of Pearls: 30 Years of Upstairs Art, The Upstairs Artspace, Tryon,NC
  • *2009 The Spartanburg Artists Guild Gallery, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC
  • *2008 Carol Beth Icard and Linda Hudgins, Abstract Art, Cannon's Elementary School, Cowpens, SC
    2008 "The Bold and the Beautiful, a Fifth Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit" The Arts Council of Hendersonville, Hendersonville, NC
  • 2008 “RED” Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA
  • *2007 The Red Clover Gallery, Landrum, SC
  • 2007 “A Landscape for All Seasons” Upstairs [artspace], Tryon, NC
  • *2007 “On the Road” Cannon’s School Gallery, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2006 “New Faces/New Year” Upstairs [artspace] Tryon, NC
  • 2005 “Up the Hill: Artist of the Landrum/Tryon/Saluda Area” The Parsons Gallery, Spartanburg
  • Indasa Fine Art Gallery, Harlem, NY
  • 2004 Spartanburg Day School Friends and Family Art Exhibit, Dent Center Gallery, SDS
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Artists Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
  • QS1 Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg
  • * “Colorful Surprises 2” The Essence Day Spa Gallery, Tryon, NC
  • *2003 “Colorful Surprises” The Guild of Spartanburg Artists Gallery, Spartanburg Art Museum; Pine Street School Gallery, Spartanburg
  • Opening Exhibition, Bogari Contempory Furniture, Greenville, SC
  • “Area Art Educator’s Exhibit” Eastwood Gallery, Limestone College, Gaffney, SC
  • * “A Show of Color” Cannon’s Elementary School Gallery, Spartanburg
  • *2002 “Traveling in the U S” Cannons School Gallery; Burgess Library Gallery at the Spartanburg Methodist College
  • With the Landrum Life Study Group, Carolina Foothills Gallery, Chesnee, SC
  • *2001 “Grandmother/Granddaughter Summer Show” with Doris Turner, Burgess Library Gallery, Spartanburg Methodist College
  • “Let’s Go Outside” with Nancy Corbin and Doris Turner at the Spartanburg Day School Gallery
  • 1999 “Measuring NC” with Doris Turner and Marian Jansen, Burgess Library Gallery, Spartanburg Methodist Gallery
  • *1997 “Construction/Destruction” an art exhibition presented by Doris Turner and Linda Hudgins in response to travels in China, Cannon’s Elementary School, Spartanburg Methodist College Library Gallery and several local secondary schools
  • 1996 “Impressions from Ramokgwebana” by Linda Hudgins, Marian Jansen and Doris Turner at the Francistown, Supa-Ngwao Museum and Nhabe Museum in Maun, Botswana, Southern Africa
  • *1995 “Turkey Travels” Two person show with Doris Turner, Spartanburg Methodist College Gallery 1995 “An African Experience” with Marian Jansen and Doris Turner, The Gallery of the Spartanburg Arts Association, Spartanburg Arts Center; Cannons Art Gallery; Spartanburg Methodist College Art Gallery
  • 1992 “ARTWORKS ’92 The McCormick Arts Council Endowment Fund Art Auction Exhibition,
  • "Stars and Stripes Forever" RH Love Contemporary Gallery, Chicago
  • "Fantasies and Dreams" new works by Sheila Noonan, Teresa Prater, Carolyn Collier, Linda Hudgins, The Guild Gallery on Main, Spartanburg, SC
  • * New works by Linda Hudgins” The Spartanburg Day School Gallery,
  • 1991 Guild of SC Artists Alternative Exhibition, USCS Gallery
  • *1990 “Holland Works” with Doris Turner at Spartanburg Methodist College Library Gallery
  • *1989 “Paintings” with Doris Turner, Georgia Tech Student Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • “Recent Works by Doris Turner and Linda Hudgins”, The Morris House, An Alternative Space, Birmingham, AL
  • “Mixed Media” 21 artists from across the US exhibit sculpture, watercolors and screen printing, The Spartanburg Day School Gallery
  • 1988 "Seven Women, Seven Artists” Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
  • "Memories from Abroad” an exhibit of mixed media paintings by Linda Hudgins, Doris Turner and Elaine Wagner, The Gallery of the Spartanburg County Art Association, Spartanburg
  • “Artists of the Piedmont” presented by Wofford students and John Morton Antiques, Spartanburg
  • 1987 Arts Council Choice Exhibition, Spartanburg Arts Center Galleries, Spartanburg, SC
  • * “Reflections in Greece- Doris and Linda” a studio show, 160 1⁄2 East Broad Street, Spartanburg
  • “Common Ground” an exhibition of works by David Bromley, Linda Hudgins, S Sides Stansell, Marcie Weisberg, Florance Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • * “Paintings” Linda Page Hudgins and Doris Turner, Spartanburg Methodist College Library Gallery
  • *1986 “Paintings by Linda Page Hudgins” Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Wofford College, Spartanburg
  • *1985 “Paintings and Drawings from a Summer in New York” at John Morton Antiques, Spartanburg
  • *1979 “Linda Hudgins” recent works, College of Charleston library gallery, Charleston, SC
  • *1978 Rhode Island School of Design Masters Degree Exhibition, Wofford College, Spartanburg

* one person exhibitions


  • 2011 Fulton County Public Library, Atlanta, GA
  • 2010 SAM, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2009 "Southern Exposure: Twelve Upstate Artists Visit Union," Union County Arts Council Gallery, Union, SC
  • 2008 Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
  • 2008 Southern Exposure at The Red Clover Gallery, Landrum, SC
  • 2008 “Equine Exhibition” Red Clover Gallery, Landrum, SC
  • 2007 “Southern Exposure” Saul Alexander Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • 2007 “Trees” Carolina Gallery, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2007 “Journey” Cannon’s School Gallery, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2006 “ The Box Show” a traveling exhibition Fine Arts Center, Greenville; Spartanburg Methodist College Gallery; Limestone College Gallery, Gaffney; Lulu’s, Spartanburg
  • 2006 ARTHOP with Spartanburg Art Museum at BB&T/Denney’s Corporate Headquarters, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2004 Yartsale, Exhibition and sale at BB&T/Denney’s Corporate Headquarters, Spartanburg, SC
  • Southern Exposure @ Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  • Southern Exposure, Upstate, SC, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Parsons Gallery, Spartanburg Arts Museum
  • 2003 Yartsale, Exhibition and sale at BB&T/Denney’s Corporate Headquarters, Spartanburg, SC
  • The Gallery at the GSP Airport
  • The Guild Gallery, Spartanburg Arts Center
  • “Southern Exposure: A Mix” The Dent Gallery, The Spartanburg Day Schoo
  • l “The Art of Food” Elderart Gallery, Charlotte, NC, March, 2003
  • “Textile Town” Arts Center, Spartanburg
  • 2002 “Cornered” at four Spartanburg County Libraries and at the Main Library, Spartanburg
  • 2000 Lawson’s Fork Creek on site installatio
  • n for Headwaters Festival sponsored by Hub City Writers 1999 “Figures” Spartanburg Arts Center; Cannons School Gallery
  • 1998 “Red” Spartanburg Arts Center
  • 1994 "The Home/The Homeless" Traveling Exhibition, Spartanburg, Columbia, Lander, Gaffney
  • 1992 "Thirteen South Carolina Artists" Gallery 101 Wooster, New York
  • 1992 "A Common Thread and New Works" Southern Exposure, Eleven Artists from South Carolina, Living Gallery North Cross School, Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1991 “Black and White” new works by Southern Exposure, The Gallery-Spartanburg County Art Association, The Arts Center, Spartanburg
  • 1991 "A Common Thread” traveling exhibition, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC; Anderson SC; Lenoir, NC and Spartanburg, SC
  • 1990 “Southern Exposure” The Upstairs, A Contemporary Artspace, Tryon, NC
  • 1990 “Southern Exposure- a diversified group of South Carolina artists” Caldwell Arts Council Gallery, Lenoir, NC
  • 1990 “Southern Exposure” changing exhibitions at Pointe West, Spartanburg
  • 1987 “Southern Exposure” The Pinecrest Inn, Tryon, NC
  • ???? “Ya’ll Come” Jazz and Juleps, A Southern Exposure Opening, The Gallery of the Spartanburg County Arts Association, The Spartanburg Arts Center

    FUNDRAISER AUCTIONS (Invitational) [ top ]

  • 2001,2002,2003 Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville, SC
  • 2003 SCETV 25th Anniversary televised auction
  • 2002 Artisans for IFC, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 1999 Upstate Hugo Arts Relief Auction
  • 1992 ARTWORKS’92 McCormick Arts Council Endowment Fund, Inc

gallery representation [ top ]

  • The Red Clover Gallery, Landrum, SC

bibliography [ top ]

  • Norman Powers, “Hidden Talents” Bold Life, October 2007
  • “Linda Hudgins featured at Red Clover Gallery” Tryon Daily Bulletin, September, 2007
  • Linda Conley, “Young Artists exhibit their works” review of interview with Linda Hudgins as juror for Youth Art Month competition sponsored by the Spartanburg Artists Guild
  • Gallery ETV 2003 The ETV endowment of South Carolina’s Second Televised Art Auction catalogue
  • Kim Atchley, “Love for Art Follows Painter Around World” Spartanburg Herald Journal, 2003
  • Kim Atchley, “Artists Guided by Travels” Spartanburg Herald Journal, January 2003
  • “New Exhibitions at Supa Ngwao Museum” review by MGF, TNA, Francistown, Botswana, 1995
  • Valerie R. Cann, Inspired by Africa, The Spartanburg Herald Journal, 1995
  • “Artists in Botswana ’94” exhibition catalogue, 1994
  • Mark Packer, review of “Fantasies and Dreams” New Art Examiner, spring, 1992
  • “Stars and Stripes Forever” catalog, RH Love Gallery, Chicago, 1992
  • “ARTWORKS ‘92” catalogue
  • Melinda Mooty, ”Art Leading the Way in Renovating City Downtowns” The Spartanburg Herald Journal, 1992
  • Mary Ann Claud, Times-News Columnist, “Upstairs Show Features Diverse Work” 1990
  • “Spartan Artists Open Downtown Studio,” The Paper, Spartanburg, SC, 1986

other artistic involvements [ top ]

  • Set design for Wofford College
  • Set and costume design for Walt Hudgins’ plays: “The Jeremiad” at Wofford and a play at the Governors School, Charleston, SC
  • Set and playbill design for Spartanburg Youth Theater
  • Poster and playbill design for Spartanburg Little Theater
  • Exhibition coordinator for “Women’s Invitational Project Number One” curated by Dorothy Gillespie, a traveling exhibition sponsored by The Spartanburg Day School, Wofford College and Converse College, Spartanburg

employment [ top ]

  • 1997-99 English Teacher, Foreign Language Middle School, Guilin, PRChina
  • 1996-97 Art Teacher, Oriental English College, Shenzhen, PRChina
  • 1993-1996 Art Teacher, Ramoja CJSS, Botswana
  • 1965-1992 Art Teacher, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1964-1965 Art Teacher, Jenkins Junior High School, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1961-1964 Art Teacher and English Teacher, Woodruff Junior High School, Woodruff, SC


  • Limestone College: Intro to Art History, Beginning Painting and Beginning Printmaking
  • Interim sessions in Filmmaking and in Stained Glass at Wofford College, Spartanburg
  • Gifted program, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  • Life drawing, The Arts Center, Spartanburg, SC

professional memberships [ top ]

  • WCA and WCAGA
  • Southern Exposure, Exhibiting Artists Cooperative, President 1990; 2002-04
  • Artists Guild of Spartanburg, Vice President in charge of fourteenth annual juried exhibition
  • South Carolina Guild of Artists, President, (1987-88), Board Member (1988-89), Exhibitions Committee (1991-1992)
  • Tryon Painters and Sculptors
  • Upstate Visual Artists, Greenville, SC

study and work abroad resulting in exhibitions and awards: (1981-1997) [ top ]

  • Greece and the Aegean Islands
  • Holland
  • France
  • Eastern Europe, Istanbul and Western Turkey
  • Mexico
  • Botswana
  • China
  • Ghana

presentations [ top ]

  • Walk/Talk Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
  • “The African Experience” ARTSMARTS, ETV, Spartanburg, SC
  • “A Teaching Gallery in the School” National Art Education Association, Atlanta, GA
  • “Some Contemporary American Artists” Limestone College, Gaffney, SC
  • “Let’s Look at a Work of Art” Leadership Spartanburg for the Spartanburg Arts Council
  • Several presentation for the docent education program of The Spartanburg Art Association
  • Preparation of teaching tape to accompany “Picasso and Friends” an exhibition sponsored by the Friends of the Arts, Spartanburg
  • Seminar leader, Art component to “The Age of Enlightenment” and “Eros, Philos, Agape” North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC