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1943 Carol 2022

Carol Bjerke

June 9, 1943 — October 11, 2022


Carol Chase Bjerke age 79 passed away peacefully on October 11,2022.  Carol was born in Boston to Geraldine and Roger Chase.  She graduated from High School in Concord, NH and attended Bates College and University of New Hampshire. Carol received her MFA in Fine Arts from Central Michigan University. She taught photography, drawing, printmaking, artists books and many other art courses.  Her work was anchored by film photography and her love of mountains and rock walls was manifested in her photography and hand made books.  She loved experimenting with darkroom processes and made unique limnographs and limnoprints, terms she coined.   We are ever thankful for Carol’s kindness and generosity to everyone who knew her.  She used artwork related to living with cancer many years to create public awareness.  Her legacy lives on through artwork in numerous public and private collections.

Carol is survived by her husband Lee Bjerke, daughter Deborah Long of Kalamazoo, MI and son David Nute of Portland, OR and four grandchildren.  Her legacy lives on through artwork in numerous public and private collections.  May Carol’s light shine on our paths as we journey onward.

A career retrospective, “In Memoriam: Carol Chase Bjerke”, will be hosted on a future date, at the Abel Contemporary Gallery, who proudly represented her artwork for the past decade.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Bates College:

Women’s Caucus for Art –

Agrace Hospice -

Please share your memories at

Cress Center

6021 University Ave. Madison

(608) 238-8406

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