| Edna Hibel Plotkin Professional Name: Edna Hibel
Education: Boston Museum School of Fine Arts
1941-42 Special Graduate Student, Techniques of the Renaissance
1937-39 Studied under Karl Zerbe
1934-37 Studied under Alexandr Yakovlev
Eliot O’Hara Watercolor School
1935-36 Summer Scholarship Student
Private student of Gregory Michaels
1930-34 Daily study of art throughout high school
1939 Ruth B. Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts,
to travel and paint in Mexico
1934 Marion Parker Art Award, Brookline High School, Massachusetts
1932 Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals Poster Design Prize, Boston
1930 Edward Devotion School Art Prize, Brookline, Massachusetts
Institutions Dedicated Solely to Edna Hibel’s Work:
1977-Present Hibel Museum of Art, Palm Beach County, Florida
1970-Present Edna Hibel Gallery and Studio, Palm Beach County, Florida
1980-84 Riji Gallery, New York City, New York
1980-83 Richard’s Galleries, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1960-78 Edna Hibel Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1960-77 Edna Hibel Gallery, Rockport, Massachusetts
1968-69 Edna Hibel Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida
1969 Edna Hibel Gallery, South Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1965 Edna Hibel Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
1961 Edna Hibel Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts
Technical Innovations and Artistic Accomplishments:
2004 Edna Hibel creates her 600th original stone lithograph. Since 1964, she has created more multi-color stone lithographs than any other artist from the time of the media’s invention in 1795.
2005 Edna Hibel has created hundreds of porcelain sculptures, art plates, ornaments, and jewelry items since 1973, possibly more works in porcelain and bone china than any other artist.
1939-Present Edna Hibel is responsible for the American resurrection of the use of oil on cameo paper as a permanent medium.
She has experimented with texture in fresco and fresco-secco, using dental tools, sand paper, palette knife, and other implements.
She has developed her glaze technique with oils, in which the many layers give the painting depth and texture, also often causing the paint to crack, creating an antique look, or crackling effect.
1950-Present Used oils, charcoal, pastels, gold leaf, and other media to paint on silk as a surface.
1960-Present Used oil and other media to paint on marble, Philippine shells, geodes, petrified wood, and semi-precious stones.
1966-Present Pioneered in the medium of stone lithography in many ways:
Creation of different color sections within an edition Resurrected the use of the Collaye technique of printing on a fine, thin paper, superimposed later on another paper. Printed on rice paper (Japon), wood bark, canvas, silk, and other unusual surfaces.
Used over thirty colors in some editions, requiring the use of as many stones in printing, one color painstakingly over another. Printed directly from the stone onto a very thick porcelain plaque, creating an original lithograph on porcelain. Her first original stone lithograph on porcelain was created in 1978, and she created the largest on porcelain up to that time in 1983.
1982 Hibel was the first to produce a candle screen of porcelain.
1976 Hibel was the first to produce a porcelain plate using 23 karat gold hand-painted overlay on a gold background.
Humanitarian and other civic and community work:
Since 1965, Edna Hibel has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for medical, educational, children, and other charitable organizations. Her civic, community, and humanitarian awards for this philanthropic work are too numerous to mention.
The Black Block Legend, art by Edna Hibel, poetry by Theodore Plotkin, and story by Andy Plotkin, Publish America, Baltimore, Maryland, 2007
The Life and Art of Edna Hibel, Shawn McAllister, Star Group International, West Palm Beach, Florida, 2006
Edna Hibel: An Artist’s Story of Love and Compassion, Millie Clarkson, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, Louisiana, 2006
“Edna Hibel: Stories That Warm The Heart”, Star Group International, Lake Worth, Florida, 1999 (Reprinted 2004, Hibel Museum of Art, Jupiter, Florida)
Edna Hibel: Her Life and Art, Olga Cossi, Discovery Enterprises, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1994
Edna Hibel: An Album and Biography, Kay Pedrick, JAR Publishers, Mangonia Park, Florida, 1985
Fay Burg’s Lake Kezar Cookbook with a Gallery of Paintings by Edna Hibel, Fay Burg and Edna Hibel, JAR Publishers, 1981
Datebook: Art by Edna Hibel, Hibel Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, 1981
The Mennonites Among Us, Kay Pedrick and Edna Hibel, JAR Publishers, 1980
A Celebration of Life: Count Lennart Bernadotte and Edna Hibel, Theodore Plotkin, JAR Publishers, 1980
Hibel on Porcelain, Theodore Plotkin, JAR Publishers, Florida, 1978
The Sundial Ticking, Theodore Plotkin and Edna Hibel, JAR Publishers, 1978
Progressions of a Lithograph (Museum Suite), Theodore Plotkin, ed., JAR Publishers, 1977
Hibel Lithographs, Theodore Plotkin, JAR Publishers, 1976 (Revised edition, 1980)
Edna Hibel Demonstrates the Art of Original Stone Lithography, Theodore Plotkin, JAR Publishers, 1975 (Revised 1989 and 1998)
Paintings of Edna Hibel, Theodore Plotkin, ed., JAR Publishers, 1974
Films and Video Programs:
Edna Hibel: A Personal Portrait, videotape, 30 minutes, Chip Taylor Communications, Dover, New Hampshire, 2002
With Love, Edna Hibel, videotape, 52 minutes, Chip Taylor Communications, 2002
Hibel’s Russian Palette, 55 minutes, Cultural Award, American Association of Museums, the only television documentary produced by a foreign woman in the former Soviet Union, broadcast on more than 100 PBS stations and on countless cable and network affiliate stations nationwide, Hibel Museum of Art, Spilny-Gamburg Productions, and the Soviet Union Film Authority, 1991
Edna Hibel: Worlds Within Worlds, film, Hibel Museum of Art, 1984
For the Delight of Heaven: Conversations between Julie Harris and Edna Hibel, film, 1981
Hibel on Porcelain, film, 1977
Edna Hibel: The World I Love, film, 1976
A Select List of High Honors and Milestones:
National Women’s History Month 2008 Honoree
In the past four centuries, since the time of the late Renaissance, Edna Hibel is only one of three people who have completed artworks in nine different centuries.
Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts (the first American woman to be so honored)
Medals of Honors and Citations from the late Pope John Paul II and King Baudouin of Belgium
Founder, Boston Art Festival
Presented to Queen Elizabeth II
Blue Ribbon Award for Art, Cordon Bleu Society
Artworks commissioned to commemorate milestones for The United Nations, U.S. National Archives, Project Hope, Epilepsy Foundation, Komen Foundation, Hadassah, March of Dimes, and La Leche League International
Honorary Doctorates Conferred by University for Peace (Costa Rica); Mount St. Mary’s University; Eureka College; Providence College; Northwood University; and Simmons College; Diploma Conferred by Flanders Academy of Art, Science, and Letters, Belgium
One-Artist Exhibitions in 20 countries on four continents, including these national museums: Klutznick National Jewish Museum (Washington, D.C.); Soviet Union Academy of Art (St. Petersburg, Russia); National Museum of Costa Rica; China National Art Gallery (Beijing); and National Museum of Fine Arts (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). First foreigner invited twice to exhibit artwork in Yugoslavia, The People’s Republic of China, and the former Soviet Union
Public Group Shows include Chicago Art Institute; Institute of Contemporary Art; United Nations Headquarters; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pennsylvania Academy of Art; American Federation of Art, New York City
Works in Permanent Public Collections include Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University, Boston University, Detroit Art Institute, Milwaukee Art Institute, Phoenix Art Museum, Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts (Georgia), Palais des Nations (Geneva), Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach), Russian Academy of Art (St. Petersburg)
Contact for Articles, Critiques, Interviews, and Background Information:
Andy Plotkin, Ph.D.,
Hibel Studio, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 33332
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 3332
Boston Museum School of Fine Arts
460 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 U.S.A.