Instructor:   Rock Valley College Community and Continuing Education     2005 – Present

2015 Exhibitions
Regional Survey of Art 11, Dixon, IL

Awards
First Place Regional Survey of Art 11

2014 Exhibitions
Regional Survey of Art; Freeport, IL
Shorewood Plein Air Festival; Shorewood, WI
Regional Survey of Art 10, Dixon, IL

2013 Exhibitions
Shorewood Plein Air Festival, Shorewood, WI.
Regional Survey of Art; Freeport, IL
Farms & Barns 9 - Dixon, IL
Raw & Cooked Exhibition - Dixon, IL
Regional Survey of Art 9 - Dixon, IL
National Art Premiere, Elmhurst Art Museum - Elmhurst, IL

Awards
Community Spirit Award - Shorewood Plein Air Festival
Finalist The Artists Magazine Annual Best of Landscape Competition
Second Place - Regional Survey of Art 9 - Shadowed Box

2012 Exhibitions
Watercolor '12 Regional Exhibition - St. Charles, IL
Richeson 75 - Landscape, Seascape, Architecture 2012 - Kimberly, WI
Regional Survey of Art 8 - Dixon, IL -
Farms & Barns 8 - Dixon, IL.
Midland Arts Association 2012 Spring Juried Exhibition
The Farm:Images form the Heartland; Lake County Heritage Foundation, Wauconda, IL
Illinois State Fair Professional Artist Competition; Springfield, IL
Seasons on the Land Exhibition, The Natural Land Institute, Rockford, IL.

Awards
Best of Show - Seasons on the Land - October Patterns
Third Place - Edge of the Rock Plein Air Competition; Beloit, WI - Stately Blooms
People's Choice award - Edge of the Rock Plein Air Competition; Beloit, WI.
Third Place Midland Arts Association 2012 Spring Juried Exhibition - Stand at Franklin
Honorable Mention - Farms & Barns 8, Dixon, IL. - Been Deere, Done That
Award of Excellence - Watercolor '12 Regional Exhibition - St. Charles, IL

2011 Exhibitions
Watercolor Society of Alabama 70th Annual Exhibition - Tuscumbia, AL
Illinois Watercolor Society 27th Annual Exhibition - Dixon, IL.
Watercolor '11 Regional Exhibition - St. Charles, IL
Farms and Barns 7 - Dixon, IL
Architecture and More - Dixon, IL
Midland Arts Association 2011 Spring Juried Exhibition
Regional Survey of Art 7-Dixon, IL

Awards
Second Place - Regional Survey of Art 7
Award of Excellence - Watercolor '11 Regional Exhibition - St. Charles, IL
Second Place - Farms and Barns 7 - Dixon, IL
Signature Status - Illinois Watercolor Society

2010 Exhibitions
Watercolor U.S.A. 2010 Exhibition; Springfield, MO
Illinois Watercolor Society 26th Annual Exhibition-Dixon, IL
Louisiana Watercolor Society 46th Annual Exhibition-New Orleans, LA
Watercolor Society of Alabama 69th Annual Exhibition-Troy, AL
Take me to the River Regional Competition; Dixon, IL
Regional Survey of Art 6-Dixon, IL
Farms & Barns Regional Competition - Dixon, IL
Regional Juried Exhibition 7-Freeport,IL
Kaneland Fine Arts Festival-Sugar Grove, IL
Watercolor '10 Regional Exhibition - St. Charles, IL
Midland Arts Association 2010 Spring Juried Exhibition
Solo Show: Parlor Art Gallery-St. Charles, IL

Awards
Second Place -  Take Me to the River Regional Competition
Honorable Mention - Farms & Barns Regional Competition
Dixon Dusk published as the title page in Splash 11: New Directions

2009 Exhibitions
Allied Artists of America 2009 Exhibition
Watercolor U.S.A. National Exhibition
Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition
North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition
NWWS Waterworks 2009 Exhibition
Taos National Society of Watercolorists Exhibition
Watercolor West Annual Juried Exhibition
Watercolor  Art Society – Houston International Exhibition
Illinois Watercolor Society Exhibition
Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition
Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibition
Northwest Watercolor Society Signature Members Exhibition
Richeson75 - '09 Landscape Competition
Freeport Regional Juried Exhibition
Masterworks in Miniature Competition, Mentor, OH
Hudson Valley Art Association Exhibition
Watercolor 2009 Regional Exhibition – St. Charles, IL
Midland Arts Association Juried Competition
Kaneland Fine Arts Invitational
A River Runs Through It Regional Competition – Dixon, IL
Survey of Regional Art Competition – Dixon, IL
Farms & Barns Regional Competition – Dixon, IL
Fredericksburg Small Works Competition - Fredericksburg, VA
Fluid Expressions Group Exhibition - Sterling, IL
Images of a Reality Suggested; Solo Exhibition - Monroe, WI
Images and Impressions 2009; Solo Exhibition - Dixon, IL

Awards             
Signature Membership, Bronze Status - Watercolor Society of Alabama
Honorable Mention – Watercolor Art Society – Houston
Best of Show – A River Runs Through It Regional Competition
Second Place – Northlight Magazine Cover Competition
Finalist – The Artists Magazine Annual Best of Art – Landscapes
First Place – Regional Surveyof Art, Freeport Art Museum - Freeport, Ill.

2008 Exhibitions
Watercolor U.S.A. National Exhibition
Northwest Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
North East Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual Exhibition
San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition
Greenwich Small Works Competition
Masterworks in Miniature Competition, Mentor, OH
Watercolor U.S.A. Watercolor Now Exhibition
Richeson 75 Landscape Competition
Watercolor 2008 Regional Exhibition – St. Charles, IL
Farms & Barns Regional Competition – Dixon, IL
Images and Impressions 2008 – Solo Exhibition Dixon, IL

Awards
Wright L’Estrange Purchase Award San Diego Watercolor Society
Second Place – Farms & Barns Regional Competition
Best of Painting – St. Charles Fine Art Fair

2007 Exhibitions
Watercolor U.S.A. National Exhibition
North East Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
Northwest Watercolor Society Signature Members Exhibition
Masterworks in Miniature Competition, Mentor, OH
Greenwich Small Works Competition
Watercolor 2007 Regional Exhibition – St. Charles, IL
Winter Solstice Regional Competition – Dixon, IL
Survey of Regional Art Competition – Dixon, IL
Regional Survey of Art – Freeport, IL
Farms & Barns Regional Competition – Dixon, IL
Coming Home Regional Competition - Dixon, IL
Artists Paint Ogle County – Two person show – Rockford, IL
Images and Impressions 2007 – Solo Exhibition Dixon, IL

Awards
Signature Status – North East Watercolor Society
Second Place – Coming Home Regional Competition
Daler-Rowney Award – Watercolor U.S.A National Exhibition
Patron Purchase (2 paintings) - Watercolor U.S.A National Exhibition

2006 Exhibitions
North East Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
Northwest Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
Northwest Watercolor Society Signature Members Exhibition
Georgia Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition
Masterworks in Miniature Competition, Mentor, OH
Watercolor 2006 Regional Exhibition – St. Charles, IL
Particular Places Regional Exhibition – Dixon, IL
Survey of Regional Art Competition – Dixon, IL
Farms & Barns Regional Competition – Dixon, IL

Awards
Third Place – Farms & Barns Regional Competition
Honorable Mention – Survey of Regional Art Competition
Creative Catalyst Award – Georgia Watercolor Society
Best of Painting – Art on the Lawn Artists Fair
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Though he grew up in suburban Chicago, Tom Linden has always been
fascinated by the colors and patterns of the landscapes across the
Midwest. Those dramatic sunsets and disappearing farmsteads inspire his
original paintings. Tom works in oil paints as well as watercolor.

Tom enjoys water media because of its unique properties, which allow him to
create transparent glazes and a glowing contrast between light and dark
values. His creative use of colors, patterns and textures capture the details
that make his works come alive on paper.

Tom enjoys oil paints for their ability to quickly build up intense colors and
swiftly capture the effect of light on his subject.

His work has been included in numerous local, regional and national
exhibitions, earning him signature status with the Northwest Watercolor
Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama, North East Watercolor Society,
Illinois Watercolor Society and Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society.

When he’s not painting, Tom teaches watercolor classes through Rock Valley
College and adult painting workshops. He lives in Rockford, Ill.
(Chris Linden/photo)
Capturing a Moment in Time