Carol Lee Hilgemann


Carol Lee Hilgemann was born in 1947 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She received a B.S. Degree in Art Education from Northern State University at Aberdeen in 1969. That fall, Carol moved to Alaska teaching at Taylor Junior HS & Ben Eielson HS, Eielson Air Force Base, retiring in July of 1997. Since 1989 Hilgemann’s work has been featured in numerous national and local group exhibitions; she’s a Signature Member of the National Collage Society & Artists of the Black Hills. Solo exhibitions include the Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks; the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage; Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage; the Alaska State Museum, Juneau; and the Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery. Her work is in private and public collections including Ray & Barbara Graham, Rapid City, SD/Albuquerque, NM; Julie Decker, Anchorage, AK; the Alaska State Museum, Juneau; Anchorage Museum of History & Art; University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks; and the Dimond High School 1% for Art, Anchorage, Alaska. She is featured in the book Found and Assembled in Alaska by Julie Decker, and in COLLAGE in all dimensions by Gretchen Bierbaum & Patrina Gardner. Currently Hilgemann lives in Spearfish, SD.

Mediums: Mixed Media

“As an artist, I work in assemblage and collage utilizing found objects and papers as my primary medium. Hunting, gathering and piecing together become the major components of creative expression as antique and commonplace objects are figuratively and symbolically utilized in small-scale, intimate, assemblages. When accumulating objects, I’m especially drawn to nostalgic, distressed objects with unusual shapes and textures. Part of the fun of working with objects and papers is to look beyond the item’s original intention, reinterpret it and give it new meaning; as well as, the challenge of rearranging reality, altering perceptions, and integrating the past with the present. To me, collages and assemblages are the perfect metaphor for the culture of our times; I use them as a voice to better examine our human condition.“

–Carol Lee Hilgemann

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