Education 

Sheridan College
Institute of Technology and Advanced Arts, Oakville, Ontario. 

1987-1989 Degree in Fashion Design and Technique 


Exhibitions and Public Presentations


Upcoming

August 2017, "Transformations - Hooked Sculpture", Leighton Art Center, Calgary AB. (solo)
Past

November 2016,  Guilded: “A River Runs Through”, Art Gallery of St Albert, St Albert, AB, (juried show)
November 2016, “Show Case”, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. (juried showcase)               
November 2016, “Transformations – Hooked Sculpture”, Alberta Branded Gallery, Edmonton, AB, (solo show

September 2016,  "Transformations - Hooked Sculpture, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB. (solo show)                         July 2015, “Here and There”, Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB. (group invitational)
April 2015, “Fantastic Fibers 2015”, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky.  (group show) juried
April 2015, “Language of Craft”, Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery, Edmonton, AB.  (group show) juried
January to June, 2015, “Lasting Effects”, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario (group show)  

January 2015, “Our Prairie in Fiber”, Saskatchewan Craft Council Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.  (group show)

Oct. 2014, “Hooked Art 2014”, The Gallery, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT (group show) juried

Oct. 2014, “Hooked In the Mountains XV11”, Champlain Valley Expo Center, Essex Junction, VT.  (Solo feature artist)

April to July 2014, “Furnish”, Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB, (group show) juried 

Dec. 2013, "Beyond Traditions" Contemporary Fiber Hooking, St Albert Art Gallery, St Albert, AB (solo show)

Sept. 2013, "Prairie Excellence", Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, SK (multi-province group show) juried  

June. 2013, "Prairie Excellence", Chapel Gallery, (multi-province group show) juried
          North Battleford, SK (multi-province group show) juried

March 2013, "Beyond Traditions" Contemporary Fiber Hooking, Leighton Art Center, Calgary, AB (solo show)

July. 2012, "Finding Home" - contemporary Fiber Hooking, Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery", Stony Plain, AB, (solo

          show)

June. 2012, “Prairie Excellence", Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB (multi-province group show) juried  

Feb. 2012, "Prairie Excellence", Sam Walter Museum, The Pas, MB (multi-province group show) juried  

Nov, 2011, “Prairie Excellence", Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, Calgary, AB, (multi-province group show) juried

July. 2011, "Off the Floor" Contemporary Hooked Rugs, Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery, Edmonton, AB (solo

          show)     

June, 2011, “Prairie Excellence"Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK, (multi-province group show) juried   

June. 2011, "No Floors Required"- Contemporary Hooked Rug Exhibition, Fibreworks Gallery, Madeira Park, BC (solo

          show) 

April. 2011, “Prairie Excellence" University of Winnipeg Gallery, Winnipeg, MB (multi-province group show) juried       

Jan. 2011, “Prairie Excellence" Anity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (multi-province group show) juried       

Sept. 2010, "Hooked on Rugs Exhibition" Multicultural Centre Museum, Stony Plain, AB (solo show)

Sept. 2010, "Prairie Excellence", Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB (multi-province group show) juried

July. 2010, "For the Love of Craft", Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB (group show) juried      

May, 2008, "Wild Thing" Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB (group show) juried      

Jan. 2008, "Hooked Rugs", group show, Musée des Maître et Artisans du Québec, Montreal, QC (group show)

Oct. 2007, "Pushing the Limits: New Concepts in Rug Hooking", Newtown Rug Hooking Show, Newtown, CT (juried group

          show)

Nov. 2006, "Hooked in the Mountains", Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont (group show)

 

Collections

Royal Alberta Museum

Alberta Foundation for the Arts - Provincial Art Collection

Musée de Kent, Bouctouche, New-Brunswick 

Roxanne Lullo Collection, Geneva, Illinois

Multiple private collections, Canada, United States, Japan.

 

Grants and Awards 

2014 - Travel Grants to Professionals in the Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts.  

2014 – Nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards for emerging artists.  

2012 – Surface Design Association Personal Development Grant 

2012 - Alberta Creative Development Initiative Grant to Individuals from the Canada Council for the Arts and the
            Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2011 -"Mayor's Celebration for the Arts Sutton Award Nominee", Edmonton, AB 

2011 and 2014 - "Celebrations Winner Contemporary Design", Rug Hooking Magazine Stackpole Magazines,
            Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 

2007 - Juror's Choice Award - Pushing the Limits: New Concepts in Rug Hooking, Newtown Rug Hooking Show,

           Newtown, CT 

 

Bibliography 

-  LeBlanc Rachelle.  - LeBlanc, Rachelle.  "On View: WANDERLUST", Fiber Arts Now Magazine, North Hollywood, CA. 

          Fall 2014 

- LeBlanc, Rachelle.  Artistry of Rug Hooking People, self-published through BLURB.com 2011, 2012. 2013, 2014

- Littenberg, Anne-Marie. “With fierce independence, anything is possible” Rug Hooking Magazine, published by

          Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. Fall issue 2014.  Page 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72,73, 74

- Stein, Lynne. Rag Rug Creations, published by, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London. UK.  May 2014

           ISBN-  13:9781408157565

- LeBlanc, Rachelle.  “Finishing makes the rug: The Gallery Finish”, Rug Hooking Magazine, published by

           Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. January/February      2013. Page 40, 41  

- Stellhorn, Ayleen. Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXI , published by Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. 2011.  

           Pages 46, 47 ISBN : 978-1-881982-76-0 

- Littenberg, Anne-Marie. Hooked Rug Portraits, published by Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. 2011. Pages 6, 7,12,
           25, 45, 46, 47, 63, 72, 73, 79, 132, 133 ISBN : 978-1-881982-73-9 

- Saskatchewan Craft Council, Alberta Craft Council, Manitoba Craft Council, Prairie Excellence Exhibition Catalogue,
           Saskatchewan Craft Council, 2010-2011. Page 37. 

- Longchamps, Denis and Burton, J.Penney. Tapis Crochetes / Hooked Rugs, Exhibition catalogue published by Craft
           Journal, Montreal, Quebec. 2008. Pages 43, 44, 60, 61, 62. ISBN : 978-2-9809569-6-6

- Oxford, Amy. Hooked Rugs Today: Strong Women Volume #1 and #2 Exhibition catalogue published by
           Schiffer Publishing,
Pennsylvania. 2006. Pages 28, 35, 39. ISBN : 0-7643-2578-7 and 70, 74, 123.  ISBN: 978-0-7643-2636-3                  

                                                                                

Media and Articles

-Funk, Gary and Corinne.  Fine Craft Through Fine Rug Hooking, Arts Quest at artsquest.ca, March 2014

 -Ryan, Bridget. Breakfast Television, Edmonton Alberta, Dec. 23 2013

- Hayes, Scott. Fibre artist prepares to hit home, The Saint Albert Gazette, Dec. 4 2013

- Charon, Michel. Radio Canada, CBC French Radio, Edmonton Alberta, August 02 2012

- Hayes, Scott. Rug hooker lays out stories of humanity, The Saint Albert Gazette, July 14, 2012 

- Di Pinto, Pamela. Rug Hooking artist finds "Home" at Multicultural Center. The Stony Plain Reporter, July 14, 2012 

- Drinkwater, Rob. PAINTING WITH WOOL: St Albert textile artist has no time to make rug for the Queen,

           Gig City, http://gigcity.ca/, Edmonton, March 17, 2012

- Walker, Dawn. Daybreak Alberta, CBC Radio, Calgary, August 13- 14,2011 

- Alberta Craft Council Culture in the Making, published quarterly by The Alberta Craft Council Issues: Summer 2014,

           Fall 2014, Summer 2011, Spring 2011,Fall 2010, Summer 2010 

- Hayes, Scott. Off the Floor now on the wall, The Saint Albert Gazette, July 27, 2011

- Hayes, Scott St. Albert textile artist one of six finalists for arts award, The Saint Albert Gazette, March 26, 2011 

- Look, don't step on, Leblanc's rugs, The Saint Albert Gazette, October 02, 2010

- Hebert, Francine. VIA TVA episode #371 , TVA TV, Quebec, 2006 

 

About

My name is Rachelle LeBlanc and I am a visual artist working in textiles using rug hooking as a medium. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts to French Acadian parents, and grew up in New-Brunswick, Canada.  

Since graduating from the Fashion Design program at Sheridan College in Ontario, I worked as a sportswear designer in Montreal, until moving to Alberta in 2008. 
With a growing international reputation, I am known for my distinct style, technical excellence and for breaking new ground within the traditional craft of rug hooking which have deep roots in Canadian history, and for introducing the medium to a contemporary art market.  My work is exhibited extensively and I teach advanced rug hooking across Canada and the United States.

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