Natalie Linn has collected and studied American Indian basketry for over 37 years, and is widely considered one of the nation’s premiere basketry experts and dealers. Natalie has her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley and her MALS from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her thesis was entitled "The Artistry of American Indian Basketry". She currently serves as a basketry consultant and appraiser for PBS’ Antiques Road Show; she also serves as an appraiser and consultant for the major auction houses and art museums in the country, and she has taught an art history class at Portland State University. She appeared as a consultant on PBS show History Detectives.
Natalie has lectured across the country at prestigious museums and universities, including Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Art Museum, St Louis Art Museum; Fenimore Museum, NY; the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, OK; DeYoung Museum, San Francisco; New Orleans Museum of Art; Palm Springs Desert Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; and Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Some of her publications include the The Plateau Bag: A Tradition in Native American Weaving ; a number of articles in Cowboys and Indians Magazine; and the video, Baskets of the Northwest People. Natalie has assisted in the development of many national exhibits and curated private and corporate collections.
Elaine has collected and studied Native American Basketry for 21 years. In 1990 she joined Natalie Linn and they subsequently formed Linn-Tucker Indian Baskets. Elaine holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Education from Washington University in St. Louis. She is well-known and respected locally and nationally in Native American Art.
Elaine produces a twice yearly newsletter on basketry for Linn-Tucker collectors. She has taught the docents at the St. Louis Art museum about basketry. Elaine chaired a group organized to set-up an exhibit of antique Native America Artifacts for the St Louis Art Museum.
For six years, Elaine produced and managed the Chicago Indian Art Show and Lecture Series in conjunction with the Mitchell Indian Art Museum. She also managed and produced the St. Louis Gateway antique Indian Art Show and Lectures Series. She has had her Southwest home and private collection featured in a multi-page article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Elaine has assisted in the development of many private collections.