Norman LaLiberté Biography

Norman LaLiberté




American/Canadian printmaker, painter, sculptor, author, and educator Norman Laliberte was born in Worcester, Massachussets, in 1925, to French Canadian parents. He was raised in Montreal, Canada, where he attended l'Ecole du Musee des beaux-arts. After graduation in 1948 he returned to the U.S. to continue his studies at the Institute of Design (BS, 1951) and the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago (MS in art education, 1956). Additional courses took place at Worcester Museum and the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, to which he was granted a painting scholarship. He then began an extensive exhibiting career in conjunction with his work as a teacher.

He began teaching in 1959, first at Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri from 1959 to 1960. This was followed by positions at St. Mary's College at Notre Dame Univerity, Indiana (1960 - '65); Rhode Island School of Design (1965 - '66); Newton College, Massachusetts (1967); and RISD once again from 1976 - 1977. Additionally, he was a guest lecturer and workshop leader at a variety of schools in both the U.S. and Canada. He received an honorary doctorate from both Notre Dame and McGill University. During his time as a teacher he continued to show in group and solo exhibitions;nhis
 first solo show took place at the Waddington Galleries in Montreal in 1965. 

A major feature of Laliberte's early output was banners executed in fabric, inpired by a trip he took to the Italian city of Siena during their summer festivals. This would prove to be a key turn in his career, as he was commissioned to work a consultant at the 1964 New York World's Fair, creating a structure made of 88 banners to represent stained glass walls for the Vatican Pavilion; this job earned him international recognition as both an artist and a designer.  His most recent commission was eighteen large panels for the International Terminal at the Logan Airport in Boston. Norman LaLiberté died at his home in Nahant, Massachusetts on September 10, 2021.

Selected collections:
Aetna Insurance, Hartford, Ct.; Air Canada; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Alcan, Montréal; American Airlines; Art Institute of Chicago; Arthur Heaney Memorial, Ottawa; Ashland Oil; Banque Nationale du Canada; Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Québec; Blankman Investments, Miami; CBS Building, New York; C.Y.R.K., NY; Citicorp, NY; City of Binghampton, NY; Claridge, Montreal Columbia University, School of Architecture, NY; Conseil des Arts du Canada; Coopers and Lybrand, Boston; Corning Community College, Corning, NY; Cotton, New York; Createx, Simsbury, CT; Channel 13, New York; Château Champlain, Montréal; Children’s Hospital, Boston; Claridge, Montréal; Consulate of the United States, Rome Container Corporation of America, Chicago; Donna Franca Tours, Boston; Essex County Community College, Newark, NJ; Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; Force Computers, San Jose, Cal.; Glen Urqhart School, Beverly Farms, MA; Gouvernement du Canada; Hilton Québec, Québec; Hôtel Intercontinental, Montréal; Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles; Inn of the Provinces, Ottawa; Institute of Contemporary Art, NY; Judson Memorial Church, NY; Loto-Québec; Le Boulanger Restaurants, Toronto; MacGregor House, Montréal; Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; McGill University, Montréal; McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario; Midland Engineering, South Bend, IN; Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, Monterey, Cal.; Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; New York State Attorney-General’s Office, Albany; New York State Bar Association, Albany; New York Shakespeare Festival, New York.