William T. Young Library

Hernmarck Tapestry

Helena Hernmarck


Swedish-born textile artist Helena Hernmarck comes from a country with a rich textile tradition. There, Hernmarck received her education at the Handarbetets Vanner Weaving School and the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfackskolan). She received early recognition as a uniquely gifted tapestry artist and in 1973, when her work was featured in a one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Hernmarck was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects 1973 Craftsmanship Medal, was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1996, and won the Connecticut Commission of the Arts Governor's Art Award in 1998. In 1999 she received Sweden's prestigious Prins Eugen Medal and was elected the Swedish American of the Year 2000.

Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For the last three decades, Helena Hernmarck has operated her own weaving studio in the United States, where she has executed numerous large-scale tapestries for public spaces as well as for private installations. With each new commission of a tapestry, she collaborates closely with her client while thoroughly researching the subject matter that will best suit the chosen space.