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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Linda Stein

b. September 13, 1943

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Linda Stein until we are able to commission a full entry.

Photo of artist Linda Stein courtesy of Stein Studios LLC.

In crafting sculptures that incorporate concepts of weaponry, armor, and the female form, Linda Stein has found new ways to consider issues of power, violence, and protection. Stein studied at the School for Visual Arts before earning a BA from Queens College. She also earned an MA from the Pratt Institute. In 1972 she founded Have Art, Will Travel, a non-profit which offers exhibitions and education on positive, authentic expression of gender and gender fluidity, combatting the sexism often perpetuated by art. In 1990 Stein created an artistic series called Blades that used machetes, musical instruments, and other materials. After 9/11 she shifted focus, creating a series called Knights of Protection which involved human forms shaped from metal, wood, leather, and stone, a theme that has continued to resurface in her work in series such as The Fluidity of Gender (2007) and I Am the Environment (2006). Other series Stein has developed include collage portraits of female superheroes and of courageous women of the Holocaust. 

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Linda Stein." (Viewed on March 20, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/stein-linda>.


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