MARGEL HINDER 1906-1995

Margel Hinder was one of Australia's most innovative and creative sculptors. She was born in New York city and brought up in Buffalo, New York. Margel studied at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA and began working in wood but progressed to metal as a medium in 1953. Margel worked mainly on major commissions in the Australian public sector and produced a number of maquettes for some of these works. Margel's major commissions now form part of Australia's cultural heritage. She also sculpted a number of small, individual pieces. Margel was awarded the Australia Medal, General Division, Order of Australia in 1979 and is well represented in many state and regional galleries.

CHRONOLOGY
1906 - Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA on 4 January
1909 - Moved to Buffalo
1926 - Moved to Boston
1930 - Married Frank Hinder
1931 - Daughter Enid was born
1932 - Cook and chaperone at art colony in new Hampshire. Lived according to Plato's theories.
1934 - Migrated to Australia
1938 - Managed Grosvenor Galleries with Frank Hiner
1939 - 1944 - Worked with Frank Hinder in Camouflage Section, Department of Home Security, during WWII making models of aircraft and ships now housed in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra
1949 - 1950 - Taught sculpture part-time at the National Art School, Sydney
1953 - Gave up working in wood as considered it had a sentimental quality for her. Began working in metal.
1978 - Visited China
1979 - Awarded Australia Medal, General Division, Order of Australia
1995 - Died in Sydney

STUDIES
1911 - At the age of five, attended children's classes at Albright Gallery, Buffalo. Awarded prize for sculputre.
1920-1924 - Studied dancing under one of Isadora Duncan's pupils and developed interest in dance as movement rather than interpretation.
1925 - School of Fine Arts of Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery. Influenced by works of Rodin.
1926 - 1929 - School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1929 - Summer painting school at Moriah. Met Frank Hinder at this school.
1930 - 1934 - Occasional classes at Child-Walker School of Fine Art, Boston
1933 - Taos, New Mexico for summer school
1935 - Studied under Eleonore Lange

AWARDS
1925 - Cary Prize for sculpture
1939 - Special prize (in association with Frank Hinder) for sculptural panels for the entrance to the new Sydney Water Board building
1953 - Honourable mention and placed among the first 12 in over 3,000 entries for international sculpture competition, The Unknown Political Prisoner, organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1955 - Won Contemporary Art Society's Madach Prize for best abstract work.
1957 - Won Contemporary Art Society's Clint Prize
1959 - Won invitation design competition for large sculpture for Anzac House, Sydney (commission not awarded)
1961 - Won Civic Park Fountain Competition, Newcaslte
1961 - Won Blake Prize for Sculpture (first and only year held)
1962 - Won design competition for Free-Standing Sculputre for Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney

SIGNIFICANT COMMISSIONS
1959 - Abstract Sculpture, Western Assurance Company, Sydney (assisted by Frank Lumb)
1960 - Carlton-Rex Hotel, Sydney; Canberra-Rex Hotel, Canberra
1963 - Revolving Sphere, Monaro Mall, Civic Centre, Canberra (assisted by Frank Hinder and Frank Lumb)
1964 - Free-Standing Sculpture, Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney (assisted by Frank Hinder and Frank Lumb)
1966 - Captain James Cook Memorial Fountain, Civic Park, Newcastle (assisted by Frank Hinder, large sections fabricated by Kevin Goodridge)
1972 - Sculptural Form, Woden Town Square, Canberra (fabricated by Michael Snook)
1973 - Free-Standing Sculpture, Telecommunication Building, Adelaide (fabricated by Keith Jackson)

SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITIONS
1939 - David Jones Gallery, Sydney - Exhibition 1
1946, 1947, 1948 - Contemporary Art Society, Sydney
1948, 1949
- David Jones Gallery, Sydney
1950 - Blaxland Gallery, Sydney - 110 Years of Australian Art
1953 - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - A Retrospective Exhibition of Australian Painting
1955 - Contemporary Art Society, Sydney
1956 - National Gallery o Victoria, Melbourne - The Arts Festival of the Olympic Games
1957, 1959 - Contemporary Art Society, Sydney
1959 - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1961 - Second International Sculpture Exhibition, Paris
1962 - Newcastle City Art Gallery, Newcastle
1969 - Bonython Art Gallery, Sydney - The Comalco Invitation Award for Sculputre in Aluminium
1971 - Age Gallery, Melbourne - Marland House Sculpture Competition
1973 - Newcastle City Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria; Gallery A, Sydney - Frank and Margel Hinder Retrospective
1980 - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Frank Hinder/Margel Hinder Retrospective
1994 - Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney - Frank and Margel Hinder

REPRESENTED
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Garden Sculpture purchased in 1949 was the first work acquired by an Australian public gallery)
Art Gallery of South Australia - Earth Woman
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW
Newcastle City Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (first purchased in 1953)
Major corporate and public commissions in Australia
Private collections in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
The Sculpture of Margel Hinder (Ian Cornford, Enid Hawkins with Phillip Mathews Book Publishers, 2013)