Company: Art Biz
Location: Eugene, Oregon, United States
Linda Ellyn Cummens, Owner at Art Biz, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching and art.
With a talent for drawing and poetry from an early age, Ms. Cummens has built an impressive resume throughout her career. She initially put her skills to use as an art instructor at Shawnee College, Southern Illinois University, and Lincoln Land Community College, after which she became an assistant professor at Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois Springfield). Ms. Cummens returned to her previous title a year later, this time at the College of Lake County and the Suburban Fine Art Center (now The Art Center Highland Park). From 1982 to 1986, she worked as an art instructor for adult education at Township High School District 113.
Ms. Cummens currently uses her extensive experience in her positions as the owner of Art Biz, as a guest instructor at César Chavez School and Westmoreland School, and as an art instructor at Caruso Middle School. She considers working with children to be the most exciting thing she has done and she still enjoys it. One of her more recent projects was called Butterfly Pets, and she is proud of the large butterflies the kids created which were very beautiful.
When Ms. Cummens isn’t teaching, she focuses on her own creative endeavors. She has exhibited in group shows at the New Zone Gallery since 2006 and at the Maude Kerns Gallery since 2002, and has two books, “Kick Back – A Passion for Freedom,” and “Haiku Spirit,” that are expected to be published in 2018 under her pen name, Elly Varga. In 2016, Ms. Cummens contributed to Mystery Readers International, and in 2014, she participated in a one-woman photography show of accomplished Eugene women. Some of her other one-woman exhibitions include a photography show at the Lane County Courthouse Gallery, a National Painting Show at the EAC Emerald Art Center, and shows at Siuslaw Bank, Koho Gallery, Seebeck Gallery, Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University, Rotunda City Hall, Deerfield Courts Gallery, and Kraft Corporate Gallery. Additionally, Ms. Cummens served as an illustrator for “The Black Book Literary Magazine” and “Lakeland’s Paradise, the art editor for “Argus News,” the coauthor of “Jumping into Murder.” She also contributed stories and poems to a variety of journals and anthologies.
Active in her community, Ms. Cummens holds the roles of historian and photographer for the Eugene Opera and fundraiser for the Eugene Symphony. She was previously a photographer for the Eugene Opera Ambassadors and Mozart Players, a fundraiser and a grant writer for the Rose Children’s Theatre, and a fundraiser for the Wildish Theater and the Deerfield Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Further, she was affiliated with the AAUW, the Eugene Symphony Guild, Willamette Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Third Thursday Poets, the Diva Arts Association, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Cummens was selected as the recipient of the Chamber Amici Art Awards from 2010 to 2012, various awards from the Emerald Art Center from 2007 to 2008, the Short Story Award from the Oregon Writer’s Colony in 2005, and the Sculpture Cash Award from Ball State University in 1975. She was also honored to be selected as a grantee of the Smithsonian Institution, the Southern Illinois University Foundation, the Canada Arts Council, and National Scholarships. Her achievements were highlighted in three editions of Who’s Who in America, two of Who’s Who of American Women, and one each of Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Education.
Ms. Cummens holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a degree from the Eugene Citizen’s Police Academy.
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