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Calgary, Alberta, 1909
Calgary, Alberta, 2004
Biography synopsis
Along with her sister Helen, Isabel Stadelbauer is remembered for her contributions to the development of art education in Alberta. Her interest in art bloomed from her love of the Rocky Mountains, which she would draw and paint during family holidays. After high school, she attended Teachers' College and began teaching art at the high school level, while furthering her own education at various artistic and scholastic institutions. The sisters spent many summers painting landscapes around Calgary and Banff, and also used watercolour to document hundreds of local scenes during the Second World War. Although perhaps best known for her Canadian subject matter, Stadelbauer also travelled extensively with her sister, recording sights and experiences in sketches, paintings and photographs.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Glenbow Archives, AB - Photographs Catalogue
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of Calgary Library, AB

Writings about
Ainslie, Patricia and Mary-Beth LaViolette. Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007.
Diemert, Helen. "Isabel and Helen Stadelbauer: Art Teachers in Calgary." Framing our Past: Canadian Women's History in the Twentieth Century. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.
Smith, Gerry. "Retired teachers' association is growing." ATA News (Edmonton) 35.6 (24 Oct. 2000): 6.

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