Born in Pineville, NC, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier earned a B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art and an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She has received numerous awards including a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest-Arts fellowship that took her to Adelaide, South Australia and a Fulton County (GA) artist residency to South Africa.
On The Peak of Time, 8 part series (1995) – Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier
“I first came to the mountains of Asheville as a little girl. I can’t remember much except that the mountains were full of adventure. Decades after my childhood visits, I returned to downtown Asheville to photograph the people who frequent Eagle and Market Streets. Also known as “The Block,” this was once a bustling black business district dating back to the 1880s. When the national plan for urban renewal was initiated during the1960s, the African American residential area was dismantled and most of the Black-owned businesses disappeared. However, the people who continue to gather there keep the spirit of the past alive. The series, On the Peak of Time was inspired by a story told to me by resident Margaret Fuller whom I met in 1972. According to Fuller, her great-grandmother and namesake, Margaret Baxter, who was a former slave, walked from GA to the mountains of NC. This story was a source of inspiration for her family and it is a metaphor for all those in search of higher ideals and a better way of life.”
Marshall-Linnemeier is currently Visiting Professor of Mixed Media Painting and Sculpture at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA as well as Spelman College and Emory University in Atlanta. She also serves as a consultant and board member to many community arts organizations throughout the Southeast. Marshall-Linnemeier often incorporates photography, painting, and writing along with primary source documents to examine and define historical figures and compelling events. The artist works from ancient African notions of ancestry, storytelling, masquerade and performance and utilizes collaborative process to create site-specific installations for communities.