Founded by the artist Linda Burnham in 2016, with the support of the Robert Overby Estate, Alternative Worksite is scheduled to open for its first full Artist Residency program in Fall 2019.
Born in in Los Angeles and raised in the coastal surf town of Ventura, Linda Burnham is an LA based painter who graduated from Cal Arts in the 1970's where she was deeply involved with the infamous Feminist Art Program. Her mentors, Elizabeth Murray, Pat Steir, John Baldesarri and Miriam Schapiro, were profoundly instrumental in her conviction and growth as an artist.
Her work is in many major collections, with numerous solo exhibitions including Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica; Fredericks Freiser Gallery, N.Y.; Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio; Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago; and Jan Baum Gallery, L.A.
After graduation, to support herself as an artist, she accepted the position of art director at Forms and Surfaces, a modern architectural product company (and to this day has a life-long love of modernist architecture). It was this connection through graphic design, that she met her husband, the late artist and designer, Robert Overby.
She began teaching in 1987 at USC, Art Center, and in 1989 at Otis College of Art and Design where she was Chair of the Fine Art Department. A Professor for over 28 years, in 2001 Otis awarded Linda the Distinguished Professor of Painting honor.
With a profound connection to students, teaching and her mentors, it is this legacy that she brings forward in her desire to establish a Residency for Artists. Linda is the Director of the Robert Overby Estate and the Founder of the artist residency Alternative Worksite.
Robert Overby and The Robert Overby Estate
Robert Overby (1935–1993) was born in Harvey, Illinois, and educated at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he also spent most of his life. The Robert Overby Estate was established by Linda Burnham in 1993 to support his work as an artist and designer. He has since had numerous solo exhibitions at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, LA, Fredericks and Frieser, NY, Cherry and Martin, Culver City, and Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY. He has been the subject of a retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, which paved the way for his major solo museum survey and monograph, Robert Overby: Works 1969–1987, curated by Alessandro Rabottini which was exhibited throughout Europe in 2014-2015.
The Estate of Robert Overby is located in Los Angeles in the same site as Overby’s former studio.