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Artist ImageLorraine Malach was born on March 23, 1933 in Regina and died on March 3, 2003 in Drumheller, Alberta. She studied at the Regina College School of Art under Kenneth Lochhead and Arthur McKay, receiving an art certificate in 1953. She spent 1953 to 1957 studying Honours Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia while simultaneously attending the prestigious Barnes Foundation in Merion Pennsylvania, where she was enrolled in Art Studies. Malach was awarded several highly coveted Study Tour Awards, and as a result spent time in both Florence (1956) and Istanbul (1958). She returned to Saskatchewan in 1958 and worked as an art instructor in the Department of Extension Programs at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus from 1961 to 1962. She also served as an art instructor on several occasions and in various locations throughout the province, including Fort Qu’Appelle, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton and Wilcox. She created her first ceramic murals for Wesley United Church in Regina in 1961 and also completed a succession of commissions for St. Michael’s Retreat House in Lumsden, Saskatchewan in 1961, 1963 and 1970. She has since completed ceramic murals in the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina in 1972, the Connaught Public Library in Regina in 1976, the Notre Dame Church in Port Alberni, British Columbia in 1982, and the Sturdy-Stone Building in 1979 and 1983. In 1993 she travelled to Drumheller, Alberta for what was supposed to be a brief visit to complete a commission in a local school, but she was charmed by the city and ended up making it her permanent home. She left ten complete, but unglazed ceramic panels for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta at the time of her death in 2003. Her work is in many public collections, including the Government of Saskatchewan, Regina; Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina; and the Vatican Collection of the Papal Nuncio in Ottawa.

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