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 Sheila Elias  (1945 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida/Illinois      Known for: collage-flowers, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography has been provided and updated by the artist in 2006:

"My work is about the layers of life and art history, seeking in it a connection between art aesthetics and social consciousness.  I like to portray a perception of urban tension, raw emotions and harsh realities tempered with gentle optimism and beauty, countering an American dream that has gone a bit astray.  American sensibilities have influenced my life, the hues of my country found in the colors of my canvas.  I like to bring an awareness of new directions and individual inventiveness.  Through life experience, I  incorporate visual, emotional, and psychological impressions and feed them into my paintings. Sheila Elias 2006"

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1999 Veneto Gallery, Miami, FL
1998-1997 "Secret Gardens", Travelling Exhibition; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL Public Art Program, City of Orlando, FL
Edison College, Ft. Meyers, FL; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL.
New England Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT.
1997 Jeanine Cox Gallery, Miami, FL
1996 Barnard Biderman & Worth Gallery, New York
1995 Soho West Gallery, Hollywood, Calif.
1994 Metro Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, FL
Myths & Offerings, Capital Bank, Miami, FL
1993 New England Center for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT
1990 Ratner Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989-87 Paula Allan Gallery, New York
1988 Anne Jaffe, Bay Harbour, FL
1987 New York University, New York
19887-84 Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York
1986 Danville Museum of Fine Arts, Danville, VA; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1986 -82 Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985 Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2006 Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida "I Wanna be Loved By You"
2006 Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, "Works of Art on Paper"
2005 Lancaster County Art Association Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, Pennsylvania
2003 Norton Museum of Art, "Artists Greetings: A Holiday Project, West Palm Beach, Florida
2003 Boca Raton Museum of Art, 52nd Juried Exhibition, Boca Raton, Florida
2002 Smithtown Township Arts Council, 27th juried Fine Art Exhibition, St. James, NY
2002 Bass Museum, Miami Beach
2002  Jewish Museum of Florida, "Decorated Masks", Miami Beach, Florida
2001 The Sagamore Collection, Miami Beach, Florida
2001 Kim Foster Gallery, "Black and White", New York, NY
Silvana Facchini Gallery, "Living in Miami", Miami, FL.
Maryland Federation of Art, "Art on Paper 2001", Annapolis, MD, juror David C. Levy, Corcoran Gallery.
Norton Museum of Art, "Hard Boiled: Artists and Eggs", Palm Beach, FL
1999 Margulies Taplin Gallery, Bay Harbour FL; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Boundless-Expressions, First Annual Juried Exhibition
1998 Boca Raton Museum of Art, Annual Juried Exhibition
Bristol Art Museum, National Juried Exhibition
Staten Island Biennial Juried Art Exhibition, Institute ofArts & Sciences
Palm Springs Museum Desert Museum, 29th Annual, CA
Savannah College of Art and Design, 19th Annual, GA
Boca Raton Museum of Art, 47th Annual, FL
Cambridge Art Association, National Prize Show, MA
1995 37th HORTT Competition, Museum of Art - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Honorable Mention Award)
Global Art, New England Center for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT
Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV
1994 Survey 1994, Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama
1993 San Diego Art Institute, 93 International, CA
1992 Anne Jaffe Gallery, Bay Harbour, FL.
1990 Lancaster Museum, WCA Art Exhibition, CA
Santa Monica Heritage Museum, "Prints, Prints, Prints" , CA
Pauline Hirsh Gallery, "Venice at 6505", Cal.
1989 Anne Jaffe Gallery, Bay Harbour, FL
1988 Otis Parsons School of Design, "Hollywood: Portrait of the Stars", CA
Valerie Miller Fine Arts, "Color and Abstraction", Palm Springs, CA
1987 Louvre,Musee des Arts Decoratifs, "Liberty: The Official Exhibitions Centenary of the Statue of Liberty ", Louvre, Paris, France; and New York Public Library; Gallery Q, Tokyo, Japan.
Barney's "Liberty: The Official Exhibitions Centenary of the Statue of Liberty ", New York and Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, Cal.
Swen Parson Gallery, "Art in Paper", Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
1985 California State University, "Perspectives 1985", Northridge, CA
Pictogram Gallery, "Objects for New Rituals", East Village, New York
Institute for Contemporary Arts, "KIS '85 Kunsan International Show", Korea
Focus International, "American Woman in Art," Nairobi, Kenya
Laguna Beach Museum, "19th All Media Exhibition", OCCA, Laguna Beach, CA
Janco-Dada Musem, "The Scroll Unrolls", Ein Hod, Israel
1984 Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York
Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, "Rutgers National '83-84", Camden, NJ
Arizona State University, "Sheila Elias and Pat Forsberg", Tempe, AZ
American Academy of Fine Arts and Letters, New York
Carr Gallery, "Innovators in Paper", Houston, Texas
California State University, "As I See Myself", Domingus, CA
Marilyn Butler Gallery, "Introductions: Sheila Elias and Theodore Waddell", Scottsdale, Arizona
Otis-Parsons School of Design Gallery, "Califonia Book Works", LA, CA
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, "All California '84", Laguna Beach, CA
"Second National Print and Drawing Exhibition", New York, NY; Juror: Ivan Karp
Allport Gallery, "Recent Bay Area Prints", San Francisco, CA
New England Foundation for Arts, "Survey of Artists' Books", Rhode Island.
State Capital, "U.S. National Fine Arts Competition", Tallahassee, FL.

Art News, December 1999, p. 2
Channel Magazine, Sheila Elias Portrait of an Artist, Catherine McElrath, May 1, 99, p.52
Tropical Tribune, Veneto Galleria Exhibits Sheila Elias' Recent Work, Feb. 99, p. 15
Nuevo Herald, Sheila Elias y la Alegria de Pintar, Armando Alvarez Bravo, Feb. 21, 99, p.1E,
News Press Lifestyles, Fort Myers, Amy Bennett, Sep. 1998,
Art News, Sheila Elias, Lowe Art Museum, Elisa Turner, November 1997, p. 234
Miami Herald, Elias' Secret Gardens explodes with colors and textures at the Lowe, Elisa Turner, August, 1997 Arts section front page,
Coconut Grover, Art Specs, Second Annual Florida Artist Series; Sheila Elias, Secret Gardens, Sep.1997, p. 30
Cover Magazine,"Sheila Elias" Marlena Donohue, New York, April, 1996, p.52
Tropical Tribune, Metro-Dade Cultural Resource Center Opens with Installation by Sheila Elias"
Vani Chetty, Bay Harbour, FL, October 5, 1994, p.20
Miami Herald, "Art Explosion",Harold Mass, April 30, 1992, p. 21
Miami Herald, April 26/92 Gallery Review, Lisa Turner, p.15
Chicago Tribune, Sheila Elias, Ratner Gallery, Alan G. Artner, July 6, 1990, Section 7, p. 60
New Woman, "Woman Artists", Sophie Burnham, June, 1990
Arts Magazine, "Sheila Elias", Gregory Galligan, June, 1988, p.111
The Post, "Solo Exhibition of Sheila Elias' Works in Bay Harbour", FL, Nov. 10, 1988
New California Newspaper, "Tarzana Chamber Sets Honors for Top Women in Community", June 11, 1986, P.3-4
Artnews Magazine, "New York Reviews", Susan Gill, May, 1986, p. 131-2
Los Angeles Times," Focus on Architecture - Four Homes on Museum's 24th Art Tour", April 10, 1986, p.4
Los Angeles Magazine, "Louvre at First Sight", Jim Seale, Peoplescape Section, April, 1986, p.19
Mainichi Daily News, "Art: People and Places", Amaury Saint-Gilles, Tokyo, Japan, April 3, 1986
Advertising Age, "Going Places", Lenore Skenazy, Jan. 23, 1986, p. 7
House & Garden Magazine, "A Desert Retreat", Pasquale Vazzana , January, 1985
Scene Magazine, "Northridge Alumni ", Holly Saar Dye, California State University, Northridge,1985, No.1, p. 12-14
Daily Progress, "Two Galleries Cure Summertime Blues", Joseph Young, Scotsdale, Arizona, Aug.23 1985,p.32
Los Angeles Times, "The Galleries", Suzanne Munchnic, review, March 8, 1985, p. 17
Los Angeles Downtown News, "Her Landscape is Glitter, Garbage & the Human Heart", Richard Acello, Vol. 14, No.26, article, July 8, 1985
Daily Progress, "It Will be and Electric Summer at the Butler Gallery", Victoria Beaudin, review, June 7, 1985, p23-24
Daily Sundial, "Artist Uses Skid Row as Fodder for Her Paintings", Denise Hamilton, California State University,
November 7, 1984, p. 8
Los Angeles Times, "The Galleries", Robert Pincus , review, March 16, 1984, p.6
Guide to L.A., Marvey Chapman, Marmac Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia, 1984, pp. 200-201
Images & Issues, "Sheila Elias", Elenore Welles, Vol. 4, No. 5, article, March/ April, 1984, p.35
Daily Progress, review, Joseph Young, June 1, 1984, p.20
Daily News, "Skid Row Stirs Inspiration for Her Art", Eric Leach, LA, article, July 11, 1984, p.3
New Times, review, Chuck Andersen, (Pheonix, Arizona), May 30, 1984, p.34
Images & Issues, "Sheila Elias at Stella Polaris", Marga Bijoet, Vol. 3, No. 3, review, Nov/Dec., 1982
San Francisco Chronicle, review, Thomas Albright, November, 1983
Arts Magazine, article, September,Betty Brown,1982, p.24.
Daily News, "Putting Glitter on a Bag and Art in Their Hearts", Tricia Crane, LA, review, January 30, 1981, p.5
Los Angeles Times, William Wilson, review, April 21, 1981, p.4
L.A. Weekly, "Pick of the Week", Hunter Drohojowska,February 20-26, 1981, p.55
Los Angeles Downtown News, Ross Gerston, review, April 21, 1981, p.4
Art Express, "Who's Who, Who's What, What's Where", Judith Hoffberg, Vol. 1, No. 1, article, May/June, 1981, p. 10
Los Angeles Magazine, "Peoplescape", Kathy Mann, September, 1981, p. 106
Los Angeles Times, "Artist Introduces a Bit of Glitter to L.A.'s Skid Row", Dorothy Townsend, article, Oct 7, 1981

Publisher, Works, Moie, Radio & T.V. Coverage; Site Works and Lectures:
2001 Today in South Florida, WSVN 7, Miami, FL, April 16, 2001.
1985-99 Who's Who in America
1997 Who's Who of American Women
1997 Who's Who in American Art
1986 Success Stories, KIEV Radio, Mike Glickman Show, Los Angeles, CA, July 12, 1986, interview.
Ruthless People, Movie, Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, CA, paintings in film.
Good Day L.A., Channel 11 KITV Television, Los Angeles, CA June 14 and June 18, interview with Bob Braun.
1986 Joe Franklin Show, Channel 9 Television, New York, NY; January 25, interview.
"Sheila Elias Catalogue", 1,000 copies printed by Gemini Graphics, Marina Del Ray, CA.
Essay by Kathleen Monaghan, Whitney Museum.
1985 Something on 17, Channel 17 Television, Miami, Florida.
P.M. Magazine, Interview, Channel 11 Television, Los Angeles, CA August 26.
Art Students League, New York, NY, lecture
West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas, lecture.
Bass Art Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, lecture.
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida, lecture.
1984 Mills College, Oakland, CA lecture.
1982 Art Systems West, Los Angeles, CA, lecture and installation.
International Sculpture Conference, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, lecture and video.
California Confederation of the Arts, Sacramento, CA lecture.
1981 "Rescue Mission I and II", Downtown Los Angeles, CA, site specific installations.
Downtown Artists in L.A., Channel 34/Channel 7 Television, Los Angeles, CA.
1978 "Washworks", Graphix Artist Press, Van Nuys, CA photographic essay.

1997 Women of Vision Award, Weizman Institute
1992 Bronze Award, Art of California Magazine Discovery Awards
1986 Woman of the Year, 1986, presented by Tarzana Chamber /Commerce, Tarzana , CA
Metro Art International Medal, New York, NY, Jurors: Ivan Karp, Lisa Dennison

Selected Public Collections:
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
American Bankers Life Assurance Company of Florida
Angeles Plaza Permanent Collection, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA
Capital Bank, Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, NY
Venice Family Clinic, Venice, CA
First Los Angeles Bank Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Kunsan Contemporary Museum, Korea.
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL.
Paramount Pictures, Office of Wayne Lewellen, Los Angeles, CA
Security Pacific Bank Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Vesti Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts
University of Michighan, Dearborn, Michigan

Selected Private Collections:
Ms. Evelyn Aimis, Highland Beach, FL
Mr. Ted Arison, Miami Beach, FL
Mr. Severin Ashkenazy, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. and Mrs David Brady, Beverly Hills, CA
Mr. & Mrs Lorraine & Jean Cadieux, Canada
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Canada, Miami, FL
Ms. Gloria Delson, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. and Mrs. Walter Dishell, Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Meta Fleisher, San Francisco, CA
Denise and Phillip Gerson, Coconut Grove, FL
Mr. and Mrs Daniel Gilden, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs Foster Goldstrom, NY, NY
Mr. and Mrs Gene Golub, Chicago, IL
Mr. Francis Greenburger, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Grosby, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Mr. and Mrs Alvin Grossblatt. Beverly Hills, CA
Mr. and Mrs Donald Jacobson, Bal Harbour, FL
Mr. and Mrs Peter Jacobson, Newton, MASS
Mr. and Mrs Boyd Jefferies, Palm Springs, CA
Mrs Len Kaplan, Northfield, IL
Mr. Burton A. Klein, Chicago, IL
Ms. Carol Klinger, Tarzana, CA
Ms Barbara Lazaroff and Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Mark Levine, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mansour, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Merbeck, Malibu, CA
Mr. Charles Mitchell, Bel Air, CA
Ms. Sharon & David Nash, San Francisco, CA
Mr. Steve Oestreich, NY, NY
Mr. Steve Reiman, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Donald Resnicoff, New York, NY
Judge Steven and Joyce Robinson, Miami, FL
Mr. Jack Rounick, Philadelphia, PA
Mrs Stanley Saletko, Barringtion Hills, IL
Mr. and Mrs James Schneider, Chicago, IL
Mr. and Mrs Henry Segerstrom, Balboa, CA
Mrs Steven Simons, Houston, TX
Mr. Stanley Silberstein, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs Martin Taplin, Surfside, FL
Mr. and Mrs Ronald Tuchman, NJ
Mr. and Mrs Sheldon Wolfe, Tamarack, FL
Mrs. Mary Vuglen, Miami Beach, FL

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