biography

Spiral Engravings, Newgrange Passage Tomb, Co. Meath, Ireland, circa 3200 BCE

Linda Rzoska [ZOO-ska] is an artist and teacher. She was educated as a fine artist using traditional media for painting and drawing, later working as a graphic designer and illustrator, she became involved in digital media. She joined the faculty at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) in 2000 as a founding member of KVCC's academic unit the Center for New Media teaching design and illustration classes. In April 2016 she was granted the title of Professor Emeritus.

 

Rzoska continued with her fine art career while teaching - her work being inspired by her interest and research in nature, folklore, mythology and comparative religion.

Before joining KVCC she worked in the corporate/private sector as a graphic designer and illustrator. Rzoska has received a number of awards for her illustration and fine art; notable are two International Awards of Excellence from the Society of Technical Communications, Best of Show in the 2016 Carnegie Center for the Arts Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition and Second Place in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2016 West Michigan Area Show. Rzoska's artwork has been selected for numerous juried shows and is represented in many private collections. A few of her most prominent solo exhibitions were in It Skildershuis Atelier in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, The Burren College of Art, Ireland and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.