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Recess at Freeman School

21” x 25” x 2”

Awarded 1st place (Juror's Choice Award) at the 18th annual American Landscapes exhibit at the Maryland Federation of Art, a national competition that featured 70 artworks in all media from artists across the country. Scene inspired by old outdoor games and historic one-room schoolhouses.


Paper construction of Japanese handmade papers, paper layering and invented 3D origami (folded paper) sculptures.


Inspired by recess time and outdoor games of the late 1800s at one-room country schools. This piece was researched during my 2014 artist residency for the National Parks Service at Homestead National Historical Park in Beatrice, Nebraska. For ideas on recess activities at schools of the past, I visited historic one-room schools in three states.

"Recess at Freeman School" by Linda Stephen, winner of national landscape art award

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