Rachelle LeBlanc Textile & Rug Hooking Artist Sculptre Exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council

Rachelle LeBlanc


Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Arts, Oakville, Ontario.  

1989, Degree in Fashion Design and Technique 

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

2017, “Transformations – Hooked Sculpture”, Leighton Art Center, Calgary, AB   

2016, “Transformations – Hooked Sculpture”, Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB  

2014, “Hooked in the Mountains XV11”, Champlain Valley Expo Center, Essex Junction, VT.  

2013 - 2014, "Beyond Traditions" Contemporary Fiber Hooking, St Albert Art Gallery, St Albert, AB  

2013, "Beyond Traditions" Contemporary Fiber Hooking, Leighton Art Center, Calgary, AB  

2012, "Finding Home" - contemporary Fiber Hooking, Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery", Stony Plain, AB,   

2011, "Off the Floor" Contemporary Hooked Rugs, Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta  

2011, "No Floors Required"- Contemporary Hooked Rug Exhibition, Fibreworks Gallery, Madeira Park, BC  

2010, "Hooked on Rugs Exhibition" Multicultural Centre Museum, Stony Plain, AB    

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016, “Showcase”, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (group )      

2015, “Here and There”, Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB. (invitational)  

2015, “Fantastic Fibers 2015”, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky. (juried)  

2015, “Language of Craft”, Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery, Edmonton, AB. (juried)     

2015, “Lasting Effects”, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario (invitational)   

2015, “Our Prairie in Fiber”, Saskatchewan Craft Council Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK. (juried) 

2014, “Hooked Art 2014”, The Gallery, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT (juried) 

2014, “Furnish”, Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB, (juried)  

2013, "Prairie Excellence", Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, SK (multi-province) juried   

2013, "Prairie Excellence", Chapel Gallery, North Battleford, SK (multi-province) juried 

2012,Prairie Excellence", Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB (multi-province) juried  

2012, "Prairie Excellence", Sam Walter Museum, The Pas, MB (multi-province) juried   

2011, Prairie Excellence", Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, Calgary, AB, (multi- province)juried
2011, “Prairie Excellence" Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK, (multi-province)  juried     

2011, Prairie Excellence" University of Winnipeg Gallery, Winnipeg, MB (multi-province)juried 

2011, Prairie Excellence" Anity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (multi-province) juried     

2010, "Prairie Excellence", Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB (multi-province) 

2010, "For the Love of Craft", Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB (group)   

2008, "Wild Thing" Alberta Craft Council Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB (group) juried  

2008, "Hooked Rugs", group show, Musée des Maître et Artisans du Québec, Montreal, QC (group)  

2007, "Pushing the Limits: New Concepts in Rug Hooking", Newtown Rug Hooking Show, Newtown, Connecticut (juried)   

2006, "Hooked in the Mountains", Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont (group)  


Royal Alberta Museum Alberta Foundation for the Arts - Provincial Art Collection 

Musée de Kent, Bouctouche, New-Brunswick 

Grants and Awards  

2015 – The St Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts”, nominee for the Established Artist Award 

2014 - Travel Grants to Professionals in the Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts.  

2014 – Nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards for emerging artists.  

2012 – Surface Design Association Personal Development Grant  

2012 - Alberta Creative Development Initiative Grant to Individuals from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts  

2011 -"Mayor's Celebration for the Arts Sutton Award Nominee", Edmonton, AB  

2011 and 2014 - "Celebrations Winner Contemporary Design", Rug Hooking Magazine Stackpole                 Magazines,  Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania   

2007 - Juror's Choice Award - Pushing the Limits: New Concepts in Rug Hooking, Newtown Rug                 Hooking  Show, Newtown, CT 

Gallery Representation 

Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, 

Alberta Branded Gallery, Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta  

Recent Publications 

- Haugen, Barbara."Rugged Individualist, Rachelle LeBlanc's obsession revitalizes an old technique

Publised on August 2017

- LeBlanc, Rachelle. "On View: WANDERLUST", Fiber Arts Now Magazine, North  Hollywood, CA. Fall 2014 issue.  

- LeBlanc, Rachelle. Artistry of Rug Hooking People, self-published through 2011, 2012. 2013,  2014 

- Littenberg, Anne-Marie. “With fierce independence, anything is possible” Rug Hooking Magazine, published  by Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. Fall issue 2014.  Page 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 

- Stein, Lynne. Rag Rug Creations, published by, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London. UK. May 2014   ISBN- 13:9781408157565 

- LeBlanc, Rachelle. “Finishing makes the rug: The Gallery Finish”, Rug Hooking Magazine, published by  Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. January/February 2013. Page 40, 41  

- Littenberg, Anne-Marie. Hooked Rug Portraits, published by Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania. 2011. Pages 6, 7,  12, 25, 45, 46, 47, 63, 72, 73, 79, 132, 133 ISBN : 978-1-881982-73-9  

- Saskatchewan Craft Council, Alberta Craft Council, Manitoba Craft Council, Prairie Excellence , exhibition  catalogue, Saskatchewan Craft Council, 2010-2011. Page 37.  

- Longchamps, Denis and Burton, J.Penney. Tapis Crochetes / Hooked Rugs, Exhibition catalogue published by  Craft Journal, Montreal, Quebec. 2008. Pages 43, 44, 60, 61, 62. ISBN : 978-2-980956