Linden Gropius KU


Within my site responsive sculpture, installations, and drawings, I am fascinated with the interplay between the spatial and architectonic conditions of a place. Through an incremental means of building with utilitarian materials, I make objects that explore repetition, mass and void, physicality and weight, compression and release. Within these qualities, I find parallels in the physical and psychological states of the body, sensory knowledge, and the human condition. These often pliable materials have an intense relationship to the body, and the capacity to carry traces, memory, and a potent history of former use. My interest in the actions of folding, cutting, and stacking finds its focus in organization and reduction and makes reference to artistic precedent such as mono-ha and minimalism.

Recent projects include Glogauair residency in Berlin, Germany for studio research including Glogauair Open Studios,with support from ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, print edition at Lawrence Lithography, On Behalf of One’s Obsessions, Working Parts, both at Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Sum of Us, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, The Spring Show
), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. I was an Individual Award Finalist in Women to Watch, Kansas City Museum Jewish of Contemporary Art/National Museum of Women in the Arts, Overland Park. In 2016, my work was included in The Kansas City Collection, Corridor InfraTrust Management, and commissioned for University of Kansas School of Business, Lawrence. Other exhibition venues include H & R Block Artspace, Cranbrook Art Museum, Byron Cohen Contemporary Art, Urban Culture Project/Paragraph, Dolphin Gallery, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. I am the recipient of honors and awards that include Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, MidAmerica Arts/National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Studios Inc. Residency 2005-2011 from the Nicholson Foundation, and Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Award, American Institute of Architects.

My work has received critical attention and reviews in Art in America, Sculpture, Art papers, Review, ID Magazine, Kansas City Star, Politiken, and Kunstforum with publications including Marking 20 Years: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Outpost Journal:Kansas City, MO and 10 Charlotte Street Foundation 10th Anniversary. My work is held in numerous collections that include American Institute of Architects/Kansas City, Andrews McMeel Universal Publishing, Missouri Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Helix Architecture + Design and private collections in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit and Kansas City.

I am an artist based in Kansas City since receiving my Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1990 and have held teaching appointments at Kansas City Art Institute and University of Kansas. My work is represented by Haw Contemporary, Kansas City.