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Rita Briansky studied with the famous Jewish painter Alexandre Bercovitch at the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Montreal and continued her studies at Art Students’ League of New York.  She has had over 30 solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows. Her works are part of over 60 permanent collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Musée du Québec and the National Gallery in Ottawa. Briansky illustrated The Polution Reader, published in 1968. She also produced etchings to illustrate a 1972 publication of William Shakespeare’s Sonnets. In addition to her painting, printing making and book illustrations, Briansky taught art in Montreal at the Visual Art Centre and the Saidye Bronfman Centre. Briansky has received numerous awards and grants including the Salon International Feminin de Vichy Burnaby Art Society and the Canada Council.

 

In 2011, Briansky collaborated with artist Susan G. Scott to produce an autobiography entitled My Name is Rita Briansky. Her words and Scott’s images combine to tell Rita’s story from her arrival in Canada to her life as a female artist.

 

See the video interview with Rita as she recalls her days at BBHS.