Carol Hilgemann was born in 1947 in Aberdeen, South Dakota and earned a BS degree in Art Education from Northern State College at Aberdeen in 1969. Shortly afterward, she moved to Alaska to teach at Taylor Junior High School at Eielson Air Force Base. After 13 years, she transferred to teach high school art at Ben Eielson High School, retiring in 1997. While teaching, Hilgemann received numerous classroom grants and awards including 1990 Alaska Art Educator of the Year Award. In addition to creating small-scale assemblages of found objects, she has exhibited thrown slab constructed raku claywork. Since 1989, Hilgemann’s work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions across the United States and in Earth, Fire and Fibre at the Anchorage Museum. Hilgemann currently lives and works in North Pole, Alaska.