|Artist's Profile: Edna Hibel
Hibel was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1917.
Edna is an internationally renowned artist best
known for her sensitive portrayals of women and
children from all cultures. Her art can be found
in many of America’s most outstanding universities
and public museums. Exhibitions of her work can
also be found in major museums and galleries throughout
Edna Hibel graduated from the Boston Museum School
of Fine Arts in 1939 and in 1940 the Boston Museum
of Fine Arts purchased one of her paintings for
its permanent collection, making Edna the youngest
artist at the time to be so honored by a major American
museum. A lifelong student of art, she uses the
mediums of oil painting, drawing, lithography, serigraphy,
etching, and sculpture in bronze, crystal, and porcelain
to create her exquisite creations.
Edna has been exhibited in prestigious museums and
galleries all over the world under the royal patronage
of Count and Countess Bernadotte of Germany, Count
Thor Bonde of Sweden, Prince and the late Princess
Rainier of Monaco and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II of England.
In her nearly 8 decades as an artist, Edna has received
many awards including the Leonardo da Vinci World
Award of Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from
“Women in the Visual Arts,” the Ruth
B. Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship for study and
painting in Mexico, and many humanitarian honors
for her more than one half century in raising donations
for children’s and medical charities as well
as medals of honor from Pope John Paul II and the
late Belgian King Baudouin. She is the only living
American woman to have a non-profit public museum
dedicated to her art.
Edna’s fine art and humanitarian awards also
include medals of honor and citations from numerous
heads of state, academic institutions, and religions.
She is widely known as an ambassador for world peace,
using her humanistic and compassionate work to bring
peace through cultural understanding between China
and the United States, Yugoslavia and the United
States and Russia and the United States with her
“Golden Bridge” and “Peace Through
Wisdom” exhibits in those countries.
Edna is also the only foreign artist to twice exhibit
her work in the Soviet Union, and the only foreign
woman to produce a television documentary in that
country, “Hibel’s Russian Palette”.
That documentary was developed during her trips
and art shows in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg.
She was also recognized for promoting love and understanding
throughout the world, with an honorary doctorate
degree from the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Edna Hibel is one of our good neighbors here in
Florida. She has been a resident of Palm Beach County
for the past 35 years and she appears at book signing
events throughout America on a regular basis. For
information about Edna Hibel Art Exibits and her
personal appearances call 1-800-275-3426, 1-561-848-9633,
or go to http://www.hibel.com