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ROSS, Hilda Katherine

Ottawa, Ontario, 1902
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Biography synopsis
Ross studied at the Winnipeg School of Art under Lemoine Fitzgerald as well as F.H. Varley at the British Columbia College of Art. She later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of British Columbia where she studied ceramics under Rex Mason, Carleton Ball, Konrad Sadowski, and Kyllikki Salmenhakra. In the 1940s, she taught at Gordon House in Vancouver as well as at the Summer Institute of Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. Ross received numerous prizes including the Prize for best bowl from the Canadian Handicraft Guild (1955), the I.O.D.E. prize at the British Columbia Potters 8th Annual Exhibition (1956), and the gold medal at the Prague International Exhibition (1962). She exhibited nationally in the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67, and internationally at the Universal and International Exhibition in Brussels (1958), the 3rd International Exhibition of Ceramic Art in Prague (1962), and the Department of Trade & Commerce Exhibitions in Berlin and Florence (1964).
Media used
Winnipeg School of Art (under Lemoine Fitzgerald)
British Columbia College of Art (under F.H. Varley)
Art Institute of Chicago
University of British Columbia (under Rex Mason, Carleton Ball, Konrad Sadowski, and Kyllikki Salmenhakra)
File & Archive locations
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"Back Matter." Educational Theatre Journal 15.1 (Mar. 1963): xlv.
"British Columbia Modern [A Modern Life: Art & Design in British Columbia, 1945-1960. Vancouver Art Gallery." Canadian Interiors 41.4 (Jul./Aug. 2004): 9.
Cairns, Heather & Debra Sloan. "The Potters Guild of BC, The First Fifty Years - 1955-2005, Origins of a Ceramic Culture." Fusion Magazine 29.3 (2005).
Chinnery, Rachelle. "Signficant Material: Ceramics of British Columbia 1945-1960" A Modern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004: 81-91.
Duke, David Gordon. "Both Sides of B.C.'s Ceramic Tradition." Vancouver Sun 2 Mar. 2004: C1.
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.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008.

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