Linda Brandes, patron of the Encinitas-based Lux Art Institute and vice president of the Board of Directors, will be honored with the LUXIE award at the 7th Annual Lux After Dark Fundraising Gala in October at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. Recognized for her generosity to the arts, education and to the Institute, Linda will be joining the ranks of other longtime San Diego arts advocates such as Joanne Warren, Paul Robinson and County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, all past recipients of the LUXIE.

Linda, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah came to San Diego and graduated Cum Laude at San Diego State in Industrial Arts. She has always been very passionate supporter of the arts and through her foundation she supports numerous causes which include animal and children’s organizations. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, brother, sister, cousins and friends means the world to Linda.

Another thing close to her heart is Lux Art Institute. “I am passionate about Lux because it provides a place where I can go see fabulous artists from across the nation and the globe that one would likely not get the chance to meet, talk to or engage on a normal basis much less create magical works of art in front of your own eyes. Lux provides an intimate setting where the creative process is made accessible and de-mystified, and I feel that makes the art even more of a meaningful experience. I also love and feel very strongly about Lux’s art education programs which reach out to community schools and offer thousands of young people in our region something that standard, rote learning doesn’t teach: an amazing opportunity to learn about the world and explore it with a new perspective and in a thoughtful way,” Linda comments.


Lux Art Institute is the first LEED certified “green” art museum in San Diego featuring a one-of-a-kind artist-in-residence program that brings renowned contemporary visual artists from across the globe to the region. The public is invited into the Lux studio to see art happen, engage, be inspired and watch an artist’s creative process unfold.

The organization has been serving communities throughout the County with the award-winning Valise Project, which brings museum quality works of art in portable suitcases to students in San Diego classrooms, many of them in Title One schools. Lux now works annually with 9,500 students in over 30 schools through its education programs.

Lux’s Founding Director Reesey Shaw comments to Giving Back Magazine, “Without the support and vision of Linda Brandes, Lux could not do what it does. She has helped Lux continue to expand to meet the ever-growing demand for our unique and cutting-edge programs.”

Linda believes strongly that art opens a person’s mind. “It raises you up and takes you away from the mundane, the expected and the routine and brings beauty, joy and awareness. Lux offers this to its visitors, to San Diego and the world, so having a place like Lux so nearby is fantastic. I can’t imagine living in a world without art, can you?”