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HICKLIN, Barbara Roe

Toronto, 1918
Ladner, BC, 2010
Biography synopsis
Barbara Roe Hicklin (née Barbara Jane Roe) attended the Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in the late 1930s. She later moved to New York and worked as a commercial artist, illustrating books, magazines and newspapers while attending the Phoenix School of Design, graduating in 1946. Hicklin also worked as a set designer for theatres in Sarnia between 1951-1956. She moved to Edmonton in the late 1950s and became an active member of the Alberta Society of Artists; she became the first woman president of the society in 1975. During the mid-1970s Hicklin toured Canada in her van ("Van Go"), painting landscapes; in the 1980s she travelled through the Yukon. Often working from photographs, she usually worked with watercolours, but also worked in acrylic and pen and ink. Hicklin's work has been shown in numerous group shows with the Alberta Society of Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Her solo exhibitions have been held in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Examples of her work can be found in various collections including the Alberta Art Foundation and the Visual Arts Branch of the Government of Alberta.
Media used
Graphic design
Pen and Ink
Central Technical School, Toronto, ? - 1937 (under Peter Haworth and Carl Schaefer)
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art)
New York Phoenix School of Design, ? - 1946
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, 1980
Alberta Society of Artists, 1958, President 1975 - 1977
Edmonton Art Club, 1956
File & Archive locations
Vancouver Public Library, BC - Fine Arts and History Department
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of Calgary Library, AB
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department

Writings about
Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton Art Gallery. Alberta Society of Artists. Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975
Baker, Suzanne Devonshire. Artists of Alberta. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1980
Deyell, Daniel, Brent R Laycock and Charles S Tomsik. Alberta Society of Artists: A Juried Exhibition. Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1977
Greenberg, Clement. "Clement Greenberg's View of Art on the Prairies." Canadian Art 20.2 (1984): 96
Joyner, Brooks. "Barbara Roe Hicklin." Arts West 5.2 (Mar-April 1980): 26-27
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.
Nickle Arts Museum. Barbara Roe Hicklin: Composition Canada. Calgary: Nickle Arts Museum, 1979
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001
Zimon, Kathy E. Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000

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