Biography Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas is a professional visual artist who graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1980, having majored in textile art and minored in print making. She received a Canada Council Grant in 2009 and in 2008 & 2009 attended two Leighton Studios in Banff.
Two of her art works are in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and one is in the collection of the Cambridge Art Gallery and Library, Cambridge, Ontario.
Images of her art work have been printed in Canadian and American books and magazines. Her large leather tapestry was included in a major traveling exhibition organized by the Alberta Craft Council called “ All About Alberta”, which travelled to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Canadian Embassy and the Organization of American States in Washington DC; Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary; Salon des métiers d’ art, Montreal QC; Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea.
“ As a small refugee child I always enjoyed looking at flowers and wanted to touch them and feel their textures but my mother told me that was not allowed. Look but do not touch flowers that do not belong to you. The YW Hub art project gave me the opportunity to create colourful flowering art works for people to touch. It gives them a chance to do what I as a small child was not allowed to do.”