Biography: Helen B. Archer received her formal training from the Alberta College of Art where she earned a Diploma of Applied Arts in sculpture. She also studied at the University of Calgary in humanities, art history, philosophy and psychology, for which she credits a deepened comprehension of and commitment to the use of the human form as an artistic vessel. She has travelled widely and incorporates into her work her experiences with living cultures and divergent perspectives.
Born in Kimberly, British Columbia, Archer relocated to Alberta in 1970. She has done work for commercial exhibition and scene designers, including painting and sculpting for architectural firms, museums and parks. Some of these projects can be seen in the Milk River Interpretive Centre, the Montréal Biodôme, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and in animal habitats as well as in the Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo. She has acted as a consultant in art restoration for the City of Calgary Civic Art Collection and for Parks Canada on the Banff Cave and Basin National Historic Site Restoration Project. She has also created several commissioned trophies for sports organizations. Archer’s work has been exhibited around the province and is held in several public and private collections.