Have Art: Will Travel! Inc.

Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. Have Art: Will Travel! is a non-profit founded by artist-activist Linda Stein. We use art as a vehic
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Thank you for visiting the studio, Kenneth and Wendy!!!
06/05/2024

Thank you for visiting the studio, Kenneth and Wendy!!!

So exciting! Solo show open through July. If you are in Kentucky, go check it out!
05/22/2024

So exciting! Solo show open through July. If you are in Kentucky, go check it out!

05/22/2024

We have a new exhibition up at GRAC!! 👀

The Gillie Frye Gallery is currently featuring the work of renowned New York feminist visual artist, Linda Stein!
Available for FREE in person viewing NOW - July 27th!

Linda is an activist, educator, and writer. She is the Founding President of the non-profit Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. (HAWT) for Courageous Kindness, addressing bullying and diversity.
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“My goal as an artist,” Stein says, “is to use my art to transform social consciousness and inspire activism for peace, equality, and diversity. With my androgynous forms and pop-culture icons, I invite the viewer to seek diversity in unpredictable ways, to ‘try on’ new personal avatars and self-definitions.”

Thank you for visiting, Corey!
10/25/2023

Thank you for visiting, Corey!

09/12/2023

Join Linda's Below the Eyes Webinar, this Thursday at 5:30-6:30pm EDT!

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This Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm (Eastern Daylight Time), join us for Linda Stein's online lecture!
09/11/2023

This Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm (Eastern Daylight Time), join us for Linda Stein's online lecture!

Thank you for visiting all the way from Sweden!
07/21/2023

Thank you for visiting all the way from Sweden!

How have you overcome shame? Looking back on her Profiles series, Linda Stein states, "Was I averting the gaze, as we sa...
08/30/2021

How have you overcome shame? Looking back on her Profiles series, Linda Stein states, "Was I averting the gaze, as we say in today’s lingo––the gaze of my own drawings and paintings staring critically back at me?" Here, Stein uses a slightly different medium to depict similar figures to others in the series.

[Profile Palette 64; 1975; 14.5 x 23 in; acrylic on newspaper; from Profile Palette series]

How does your gender expression take form? Though everyone expresses gender, only those who diverge from a normative bin...
08/25/2021

How does your gender expression take form? Though everyone expresses gender, only those who diverge from a normative binary get recognized and called out as deviant. Linda Stein's Sexism series is a commentary on how restrictive and destructive the ridged gender binary can be.

[Masculinities: Questions; 2015; 10.25 x 17.5 in; Limited Edition Fine Art Print; from Sexism series]

"In rereading my diaries from the 1960s, I am reliving the angst I felt as I confronted my s*xuality at a time when the ...
08/24/2021

"In rereading my diaries from the 1960s, I am reliving the angst I felt as I confronted my s*xuality at a time when the words le***an and gay were hardly mentioned."

In her artist statement for the Profiles series, Linda Stein works through the shame she felt growing up in the 60's as s*xual minority. Stein left out the eyes of her profile to represent her need to be unseen to survive under oppression.

[Profiles Solid 52; 1975; 7.5 x 8.87 in; acrylic on paper; from Profiles Solid]

Even without words, this watercolor is clearly saying something! Linda Stein's attention to patterns makes a strong appe...
08/23/2021

Even without words, this watercolor is clearly saying something! Linda Stein's attention to patterns makes a strong appearance in her Letter series. The shapes themselves create beautiful and clean lines that bolster a sense of serenity. When was the last time you communicated via snail mail?

[Letter 031; 1978; 11 x 14 in; watercolor on paper; from Missives]

Florynce "Flo" Rae Kennedy (1916 - 2000) was a feminist lawyer and civil rights activist. Here Linda Stein portrayed her...
08/19/2021

Florynce "Flo" Rae Kennedy (1916 - 2000) was a feminist lawyer and civil rights activist. Here Linda Stein portrayed her in a pop art style, with bright sharp colors that accentuate the late activist's boldness. Her approach to activism was intersectional, and she represented big-named artists such as Billie Holiday.

[Flo Kennedy; 2003; 12 x 15 in; watercolor with digital input; from series Mood Portraits]

This collage emanates Linda Stein's Blade and Blade Vibrations series. You may notice that the tips of the images form a...
08/18/2021

This collage emanates Linda Stein's Blade and Blade Vibrations series. You may notice that the tips of the images form a shape similar to a blade. Maps featured in this collage have similar curves and angles, too! Do you recognize any of the images in this artwork?

[Blade Notes 0308; 1998; 11 x 8.5 in.; collage on paper; from Profile/Blades/Knights/Figurations combination series]

Linda Stein uses everyday objects to represent feelings unique to gender marginalized individuals. In Zippered Silence, ...
08/17/2021

Linda Stein uses everyday objects to represent feelings unique to gender marginalized individuals. In Zippered Silence, items lay outside the box. Everyone has something that doesn't fit into the box of social norms. Let's show our quirks to the world!

[Zippered Silence; 1985; 9.25 x 9 x 8.5 in; construction; from series Constructions]

Language is built into nature in all sorts of ways! In Linda Stein's Profile Writing series, facial profiles share the g...
08/16/2021

Language is built into nature in all sorts of ways! In Linda Stein's Profile Writing series, facial profiles share the geometry of the alphabet. At the particular angle Stein draws her profiles, the nose emanates a capital "L", while the area between the nose and mouth curves like a "c." What else do you notice about the patterns of the shapes?

[Calligraphic Blade Notations; 2004; 8.5 x 11 in; acrylic and ink on paper; from Profiles/Blades/Knights/Figurations Combination series]

Protection is a motif in Linda Stein's artwork. From sculpture to sketches to collage work, Stein realizes the notion of...
08/11/2021

Protection is a motif in Linda Stein's artwork. From sculpture to sketches to collage work, Stein realizes the notion of protection into intricate designs. Which figure is your favorite?

[0978 Shadow Figures; 2000; 13 x 19 inches; collage; from series Knights Revisited]

Travel back in time with us again this Tuesday for this school-era Linda Stein. Figures stand strong and stoic in the mi...
08/10/2021

Travel back in time with us again this Tuesday for this school-era Linda Stein. Figures stand strong and stoic in the midst of this abstract room, yet only the women have distinguishable features. What can you make of this pertinent detail?

[Room With Staircase; 1967; Etching; 27 x 31.75 x 1 in; from Linda’s School Work Collection]

Revisiting a collage made by Linda Stein in the much earlier years of her art career. She had created several series abo...
08/09/2021

Revisiting a collage made by Linda Stein in the much earlier years of her art career. She had created several series about facial profiles that represented the subject matter in a unique way whether it be through a collage, as part of a landscape, or integrated into writing. Did you know that artworks made by Linda Stein dedicated to the lower half of the facial profile span in the hundreds?

[Faces Collage 377.006; 1976; 9.25" x 9.75"; collage on paper; from Faces Collage 377]

This artwork from Linda Stein's Blade Vibrations flows freely between positive and negative space. The figures mix sensu...
08/05/2021

This artwork from Linda Stein's Blade Vibrations flows freely between positive and negative space. The figures mix sensually, forming connections at the soft edges and sharp corners. Are you feeling sharp or soft today?

[Blade Drawing Atlantic City; 1984; 12 x 9 inches; water color and ink on paper; from Blade Vibrations]

Did you know that the phrase "Me Too" in the context of abuse survivors was coined in 2006 by social activist Tarana Bur...
08/04/2021

Did you know that the phrase "Me Too" in the context of abuse survivors was coined in 2006 by social activist Tarana Burke to promote support for women of color who have been s*xually abused? Despite the environment surrounding s*xual abuse survivors telling their stories has gotten better, it still needs improvement. It's important to show support for s*xual abuse survivors that you know during the struggle that is recovery.

[ 953; 2019; collage; 18.75" x 35" x .5; from Armored for Today's Events]

This manmade ceremonial scepter blends seamlessly with the nature surrounding it. Stein's structure maintains both grace...
08/03/2021

This manmade ceremonial scepter blends seamlessly with the nature surrounding it. Stein's structure maintains both grace and strength. You might recognize the shape of the apex from Linda Stein's other works, such as her Blades series. What other intricacies are you drawn to?

[Scepter 82; c. 1990; wood; Excavations and Ceremonial Scepters]

Growing Up Female: Jewelry, Guns, and Landmines  931 explores being pigeonholed into stereotypes during girlhood. This i...
08/02/2021

Growing Up Female: Jewelry, Guns, and Landmines 931 explores being pigeonholed into stereotypes during girlhood. This is most notably seen for a very long time in marketing to girls where they were encouraged to be a homemaker over a wider range of other roles outside of stereotypes such as a leader, scientist, or an engineer. However, this has more recently improved. How can we continue to encourage young girls to explore interests and careers?

[Growing Up Female: Jewelry, Guns, and Landmines 931; 2018; 77" x 70" x 2"; fabric, archival pigment on canvas, leather, metal, zippers; 2018; from Sexism: Exploring, Exploding, Expanding Expressions of Masculinities and Femininities]

The needs of disabled individuals are forgotten, whether it be affordability for disability aids or simply navigating ar...
07/28/2021

The needs of disabled individuals are forgotten, whether it be affordability for disability aids or simply navigating around. Activists like the ones featured above work for other people and themselves to have an accessible world.

What can you do to advocate for your disabled friends and loved ones?

[March Against Ableism 950; 2019; 15" x 23" x .5"; collage; from Armored for Today's Events]

In the Body-Swapping Armor series, the viewer is invited to become a participant by putting on a piece of wearable armor...
07/26/2021

In the Body-Swapping Armor series, the viewer is invited to become a participant by putting on a piece of wearable armor to imagine what it is like to experience gender fluidly. This is accomplished by the armor lacking any secondary s*x characteristics. Throwing aside the idea ingrained by society that morphology defines gender, how does one define gender on a deeper and more complex level?

[Heroic Compassion 665; 2009; 65" x 18" x 14"; wood, metal, acrylicized paper, and mixed media; from Body-Swapping Armor]

Linda Stein's lifelong interest in calligraphy makes its way into her artwork. In Calligraphic Knight 547, she uses torn...
07/22/2021

Linda Stein's lifelong interest in calligraphy makes its way into her artwork. In Calligraphic Knight 547, she uses torn-up pieces of paper with calligraphy to create a human form. This choice of an object rooted in a specific time to make a timeless piece shows contradiction, which is another reoccurring theme in her works.
There is so much more to an artwork than at first glance!

[Calligraphic Knight 547; 2005; ink & gouache on paper; from Knights of Protection]

As described in Linda Stein’s own words, “My artwork, my activism, has been about the continuum between bullying and bra...
07/19/2021

As described in Linda Stein’s own words, “My artwork, my activism, has been about the continuum between bullying and bravery, persecution and protection.” She created the four B’s standing for bully, bullied, bystander, and brave upstander. HAWT has published a children’s anti-bullying series created by different artists entitled Bee the Brave Upstander to show the idea of being a brave upstanding ally to bullied individuals and for yourself. Featured are pages from issue 1 # created by Mary McGing and Emma Walker.

Have you exhibited upstander behavior?

What connections can you make between art and science? In this depiction of COVID-19, Linda Stein uses clippings of cell...
07/03/2021

What connections can you make between art and science? In this depiction of COVID-19, Linda Stein uses clippings of cell molecules surrounded by curvy lines and various colors that represent COVID to her. Thanks for showing us how science can be creative!

[Corona Notations 1026; 2020; collage; 11” x 17”; from Covid Story]

What is home to you? Maybe it’s a certain chair you come home to every day, or maybe it’s a pet or family member. How wo...
06/27/2021

What is home to you? Maybe it’s a certain chair you come home to every day, or maybe it’s a pet or family member. How would losing that feeling of constant comfort affect you? Millions around the globe are being displaced from home, but art and community always persist.

06/24/2021

Did you know that nearly one in six Gen-Zers identify as q***r or trans?

In this reflective interview, Stein explains the notion of “body-swapping”, as featured in her series The Fluidity of Gender. Stein’s protection sculptures provide a mechanism through which individuals can explore the gender continuum by dressing and un******ng in traditionally feminine and masculine metal and leather armor.

What are some ways you defy gender stereotypes?

[work featured: Mascu Fem 681; 2010; 37" x 18" x 16"; leather, metal, wood, resin; from traveling exhibition The Fluidity of Gender]

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