Micheline Beauchemin

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Micheline Beauchemin
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Beauchemin in Kyoto, Japan, 1968
Born(1929-10-24)24 October 1929
Died29 September 2009(2009-09-29) (aged 79)
Known forTextile artist and weaver
AwardsOrder of Canada
National Order of Quebec

Micheline Beauchemin, OC CQ RCA (24 October 1929 – 29 September 2009)[1] was born in Longueuil, Quebec and was a Canadian textile artist and weaver.


She studied at the Montréal’s École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts and Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France.[2] In 1953, she held the first exhibit of her stained glass work in Chartres, France. A few years later, in 1955, she exhibited her first tapestries at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Chartres. Micheline Beauchemin returned to Canada in 1957.

Artistic career[edit]

While best known for her monumental tapestries and theatre curtains, she also worked with embroidery, stained glass, costumes and paintings. Some of Beauchemin's most famous work in Canada include the acrylic curtain that she made for the Grande Salle of the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts in Montréal (1963-1967) and the stage curtain of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (1966-1969).[2] She was also commissioned to create tapestries for Queen's Park in Toronto (1968-1969), the social sciences building at York University (1970), the Hudson's Bay Company in Winnipeg (1970), the Canadian pavilion at the 1970 World Fair in Osaka, the Department of Revenue in Quebec, the Pearson International Airport in Toronto,[3] and many other locations.


In 1973, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the second level of Canada's highest civilian honour.[4] In 1991, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, an order of merit bestowed by the government of Quebec. In 1970, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 2006, she was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. In 2005, she was awarded the Quebec government's Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, given to individuals who are artists or craftsman in the fields of visual arts, of the trades of art, architecture and the design.[5]


  1. ^ "Quebec textiles artist Micheline Beauchemin dies". cbc.ca. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  2. ^ a b "ARCHIVED - Micheline Beauchemin - Themes - Celebrating Women's Achievements - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  3. ^ Eber, Dorothy. "Where can you see Beauchemin's art? Pretty soon, just about anywhere" (February, 1963) [Textual Record]. Elizabeth Long, Series: Biographies of Women, File: Pierre Berton's Page, ID: File 122, p. 47. Waterloo, Ontario: Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, University of Waterloo.
  4. ^ "Secrétariat de l'Ordre national du Québec". 2004-08-11. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  5. ^ "Micheline Beauchemin". Canada Council for the Arts. Archived from the original on July 9, 2006. Retrieved September 22, 2006.