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Christine (Kit) Hiller

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Kit Hiller

Awarded for service to the Arts

Born: 1948

Entered on roll: 2005

Born in Hobart, Kit was educated at The Friends' School. She studied at the Tasmanian School of Art from 1966-69. Kit taught at Burnie High School for three years. She married in 1971 and had three children, one daughter and two sons.

A painter and print maker, Kit began painting watercolour portraits and had her first exhibition at the Rialto restaurant in Burnie in 1982. For 12 years she provided art lessons at Burnie Primary School on a voluntary basis.

Kit’s portraits have been hung in exhibitions for the Archibald Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Prize for Women Artists. Kit won the Portia Geach Memorial Prize in 1986 and 1987. Both winning entries were self-portraits and were added to the The Holmes à Court Collection. In 1987, Kit was named Tasmanian of the Year.

Kit has held more than 24 one-woman exhibitions in Tasmania. In 1996 she travelled to Canada, the United States and France, where she painted in the Rosamund McCulloch studio for two months.

A change of direction followed with a return to oil painting and landscapes. Her large oil Sunset Mt Hicks – Bushfires down the West Coast won the inaugural Island Art Prize in the first Ten Days on the Island Festival.

Over the years, Kit has completed more than 300 linocuts, many of Tasmanian wildflowers and birds; with most being individually hand coloured.

The town of Southport was the focus for a Ten Days on the Island 2005 project in which Kit decorated a caravan for the BIG hART’s Radio Holiday travelling exhibition.

Living at Lower Mount Hicks on the North-West Coast, Kit has provided artistic support to local productions, illustrated publications and supported coastal arts projects and exhibitions.

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