Edna Hibel, American Icon Artist Celebrates Her 90th Birthday On January 13, 2007
Two New Books & Book Signing Events Scheduled
Edna Hibel, born in Boston, MA on January 13, 1917, will celebrate nine decades of creating art in January, 2007. One of America’s most treasured and prolific artists, Hibel has endeared herself to millions around the world who seek her legendary images of mothers and babies. Although these images are the most recognized, she also creates florals still lifes, and landscapes, as well as portrayals of dancers and musicians, and has been called one of the best colorists of all time. Edna produced her first image at age of 9 and still paints each day.
A Journey Through History: Hibel has lived a full and passionate life. Milestones include:
67 Years married to her husband Tod.
3 Sons, 7 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandchild
16 U.S. Presidents
600 Original Stone Lithographs (arguably the most proficient artist in the world at this technique)
10 Countries in which she has produced art
20 Countries over 4 continents in which Hibel art has been exhibited
1 Medal of Honor and Citation from Pope John Paul II
Amazing Story about 9-11:
On 9-11, 2001, Edna was in Switzerland creating lithographs while her husband, Tod left to travel back to the United States via Heathrow Airport in London. As she watched the tragedy unfold on television, her heart was with her husband whose whereabouts were unknown at the time. Was he on a flight? Still at the airport? Was his plane diverted to another country? Nobody knew. She continued creating her lithograph, awaiting word about her husband. The resulting image is “Freedom’s Flowers.”
Firsts and Only!
First American woman to create a documentary in Soviet Russia (Hibel’s Russian Palette, given a cultural award from the American Association of Museums, and broadcast on 100 PBS stations)
First American woman to have an exhibition in The People’s Republic of China
Only American woman to have won the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Art (only 2 Americans have won)
Only living American woman to have a public museum dedicated to her art (Jupiter, Florida)
Youngest artist to have a painting purchased by a major American art museum (the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for its permanent collection, age 23)
Only American artist to receive six honorary doctoral degrees
Created the largest stone lithograph on porcelain (Bettina and Child)
Commemorative Art Created:
200th Anniversary of the White House (Heart and Conscience of America) print presented to Hillary Clinton at the First Lady’s luncheon in 2000.
75th Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote Amendment (Our Mothers Before Us) unveiled at the National Archives
United Nations Stamp and First Day Cover (Mother Earth)
Proud to Be a Woman commemorative poster for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Commemorative painting created for Project Hope (In Praise of Humanity)
Commemorative painting created for Epilepsy Foundation (Sky’s the Limit)
Commemorative stone lithographs created for March of Dimes, Rabin Medical Center, La Leche League, and Hadassah.
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