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FOSTER, Hilda Vincent

Nottingham, England, 1897
Saanich, British Columbia, 1970
Biography synopsis
Hilda V. Foster studied art at the Nottingham Municipal School of Art with her father H. Wilson Foster before emigrating to Edmonton In 1927. She became involved in the local art community, serving as the president of the Edmonton Art Club from 1930-1934. Her work was included in the Alberta Artists collection for 1933, and in 1935 Foster participated in the Women Sketch Hunters of Alberta exhibition which included the works of a group of women who were excluded from the the Alberta Society of Artist's male-only membership. Foster also submitted works to the exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1936-45). She moved to Vancouver Island, B.C. in 1940 where she joined local arts groups, including the Victoria Sketch Club. From 1945-1948 her works were included in B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. A collection of her watercolours is held at the Royal B.C. Museum.
Media used
Edmonton Art Club, President (1930-1934)
Edmonton Sketch Club
Victoria Sketch Club, 1967 President; 1968 Past President
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Royal British Columbia Museum
City of Edmonton Archives, AB
British Columbia Archives

Writings about
"Alberta Artists Will Entertain At Garden Party." Edmonton Journal 30 May 1941: 18
"Edmonton Artists Work on Display." Vancouver Sun 13 Jan. 1943: 12
"Miss Foster and Mrs. Hobbs: Paintings." Daily Colonist (Victoria) 19 Mar. 1963
"Miss Foster's Pictures accepted by Academy." Daily Colonist (Victoria) 1 Nov. 1945
"Miss H.V. Foster has Watercolor in Toronto Show." Edmonton Journal 5 Nov. 1936: 18
"The Victoria Sketch Club." The Daily Colonist 11 June 1967
"Two Cobble Hill Artists to Exhibit Paintings here." The Daily Colonist 5 Dec. 1948
“Artists Show Paintings.” The Daily Colonist 21 Mar. 1961
Ainslie, Patricia and Mary-Beth LaViolette. Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007
Jupp, Ursual. "Sketch Club." Daily Colonist 1969
Lover, John Gordon. The Victoria Sketch Club: A Centennial Celebration, 1909-2009 Victoria, B.C.: Victoria Sketch Club, 2008
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979 Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005
Tuele, Nicholas, and Christina Johnson-Dean. British Columbia Women Artists, 1885-1985 Victoria: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1985
Young, India Rael. "Normative/Deviant: The Artistic Life of Hilda Vincent Foster" CWAHI Conference 2021

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