Linda Alterwitz (b. 1960, Indiana) is an artist working in photography. With diverse interests in the fields of medical research and the natural environment, she finds inspiration through experimentation with various materials and processes. Motivated by cutting-edge technology, she captures data driven images derived from state-of-the-art medical diagnostic and thermal imaging. She is guided by the internal rhythms of our bodies, such as patterns of breath and signatures of thermal heat. Yet more important than producing aesthetic images derived from scientific data, Alterwitz investigates the connections that reflect a common purpose – one that integrates the authenticity of science and the communicative power of art.
Alterwitz received her BFA from CU Boulder and her MFA from Denver University. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Alterwitz facilitates educational programming at several medical institutions and leads ongoing art initiatives within integrative medicine curricula. In 2015, Alterwitz was selected as Artist-in-Residence at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, creating a site-specific installation for their permanent collection. She also conducted art & science workshops on campus for internal medicine residents and graduate nursing students.
In addition to engaging with the medical community, Alterwitz facilitated art and science projects with hospitalized children, promoting STEAM education and creative play to the benefit of both mind and body. The series of photographs resulting from this project was displayed at a solo exhibition at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. In addition, she formally presented this project to the arts and medical communities at Mayo Clinic during their Annual 2018 Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Symposium.
In 2015, The Clark County Library District Foundation named Alterwitz their first Artist-in-Residence beginning with the debut of a solo exhibition, which coincided with the release of her limited-edition publication While I Am Still. She conducted tours for over 600 students of all ages and helped to create accompanying educational curriculum.
Alterwitz was the recipient of the Nevada Arts Council Arts Fellowship in 2014. She currently serves on the board of Nevada School of the Arts.
SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Alterwitz has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibition in both traditional and site-specific installations in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Spain, Israel, Greece and Poland. Her work has been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Orion Magazine, The New Statesman, Musee Magazine among others.
Linda Alterwitz contributes to the Las Vegas community and other communities throughout the United States as an artist, writer, and educator. She began writing the Art + Science column in Lenscratch Magazine in 2015. Her educational programming includes workshops with universities hospitals, and students of all ages and speaking engagements. In 2018, she was a presenter at the Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Annual Symposium.
Alterwitz actively participates in collaborations with communities, medical schools, universities, hospitals and public schools to help educate and engage people to extend the boundaries of experience, thought, and aesthetics.
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VIDEOS ON COMMUNITY
About the project JUST BREATHE
WHILE I AM STILL – Mid-career retrospective