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Linda Talaba Cummens, American art educator. Grantee National Scholarships, 1972, Smithsonian Institution, 1976, Southern Illinois University Foundation; recipient Ball State University sculpture cash award, 1975, Short Story award Oregon Writer's Colony, 2005, Emerald Art Association award, 2007-2008.


Cummens, Linda Talaba was born on July 15, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Leslie and Irma Leona (Fairles) Talaba.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1965. Master of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University, 1973.


Art instructor Shawnee College, Ulin, Illinois, 1969, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1971-1973, Lincoln Land College and Sangamon State University, Springfield, Illinois, 1975-1977, College of Lake County, Greyslake, 1984-1985, Suburban Fine Art Center, Highland Park, 1984-1986, District 113 Adult Education, Deerfield, 1982—1996. Art instructor Caruso Junior High Summer School, Deerfield, since 1986, Park District Highland Park, Illinois, 1986-1996. Guest instructor Westmoreland School, Eugene, Oregon, since 1996, Braatain School, since 2008, César Chavez School, since 2008.

Guest faculty Laurel Hill Center, Eugene, Oregon, since 2005.


  • Other Work

    • One woman shows Rotunda City Hall, 1984-1986, 96, Highland Park, Deerfield Courts Gallery, 1984, 95, Cook Memorial Library. Gallery, Libertyville, Illinois, 1988, Kraft Corporation Gallery, Glenview, Illinois, 1989, Body Politic Gallery, Chicago, 1993, Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1998, Seebeck Gallery, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1999, Koho Gallery, Eugene, 2001, 02, others. Group show Florence Civic Center, Oregon, 2004 (award 2004).

      Illustrator, editor (book) Lakeland's Paradise, 1961. Illustrator The Black Book literary magazine, 1964-1965. Art editor Argus News.

      Co-author: Helping Your Doctor, 1985. Contributor stories to journals.


Fundraiser Deerfield chapter American Cancer Society. Fundraiser/grant writer Rose Children's Theatre, Eugene, Oregon, since 1998. Member American Association of University Women (vice president), Lane Arts, Suburban Fine Art Center, Chicago Artists Coalition, Women's Caucus Art, Century Club Illinois Wesleyan University, Eugene Symphony Guild, Willamette Writers Organization, Northwest Writers Union, Emerald Valley Recorder Consort, Recorder Society, Diva Arts Association, Maude Kerns Art Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: poetry, writing, racquetball, singing, playing the recorder.


Married John Albert Cummens, August 28, 1964.

Leslie Talaba

Irma Leona (Fairles) Talaba

John Albert Cummens