Exhibitions Director (2008-2014)
Fort Hays State University
Linda Ganstrom is a mid-career visual artist, educator and curator who received her education at Fort Hays State University in western Kansas. She received a BA in Art Education in 1980, an MA in Ceramics in 1986 and an MFA in Ceramics in 1990. She taught art in Kansas in the St. John School system from 1982 – 1987, then Barton County Community College from 1987 – 1994. In 1994, she returned to Fort Hays State University to teach Ceramics and became a full professor in 2005. Ganstrom has curated several Ceramic exhibitions, including “Beyond Mimesis: Contemporary Realism” at the Strecker Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS; “Pygmalion’s Gaze Re-Imagined: The Figure in Contemporary Ceramics” at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MA and “Bodytext” at the Kansas City Artists Coalition in Kansas City both in conjunction with NCECA conferences. Exhibiting her figurative ceramic sculpture nationally and internationally in public commissions as well as juried, solo, and group exhibitions, Ganstrom’s work has also been featured in books and magazines. The Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS, the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City and Armstrong’s in Pomona, CA represent her artwork. Her work was recently featured in “Form and Imagination, Women Ceramic Sculptors” at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.