Rakhel Biller Klinger

Birth: 1940 in New York City, NY

Death: 2010 (age 69-70)

Gravesite Details: Row H – Plot 23

Rakhel Biller

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts posted the following article on Rakhel:

New York City-born cloth artist Rakhel Biller Klinger (formerly Biller-Klein) immigrated to Canada in 1966 and lived in Alberta between 1970 and 1990. Across her career she worked in a variety of media including woodcuts, watercolours, and also in quilted cotton, wool, and felt (as exemplified in the hand and machine applique and machine-embroidered AFA Collection artwork “Bluebird” from 1992). She says that her overall aesthetic aim is “to express my delight in the people, animals, birds, and landscapes that have touched my life—to bring these images together in colourful, tactile, well-composed pictures that will hopefully bring a smile and a bit of fun into their viewers’ lives.”

After studying at Syracuse University in New York (1957 – 1959) and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (1961 to 1963) for her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education, Biller Klinger staged solo exhibitions at a range of locations including the Jerusalem Artists Centre in Israel, the Winnipeg Public Art Gallery, and the Kilbride-Bradley Gallery in Minneapolis, and participated in group shows at Universiade (1983 University Games) in Edmonton, the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, and the Barton-Leier Gallery of Victoria, BC.

Several corporate and public collections house Biller Klinger’s work, including those of Duggan School and Athabasca University in Edmonton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Canada Council Arts Bank.

Biller Klinger won a purchase prize from the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1967) and a bursary from the Canada Council for the Arts (1968).

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