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Sheila Elias, (born 1945, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American artist. Her works have been featured in exhibitions across North America and have been accorded international acclaim at such exhibitions as the Liberty show at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Elias graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, lives and works in Miami, Florida and in New York City. As an artist and art historian, Elias works with the layers of life and art history, seeking in it a connection between art aesthetics and social consciousness.

Elias has been doing installations reflecting her studio’s neighborhood since the 1980s and she has received recognition for her unique vision blending social consciousness with the aesthetic of art. Her work spans the disciplines of painting, digital mixed media, sculpture, installation and performance.


"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."[1]
Exhibitions (selected)

* Museo Vault in Wynwood Art District, Miami
* Coral Springs Museum of Art, Sheila Elias: Somewhere-Anywhere, Coral Springs, Fla.


* Lila G. Martinez Gallery, Cambridge, Mass.
* The Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass.
* The Napoleon Grand Salon at The Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla.
* Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, Calif.


* Farmani Gallery, “SOMEWHERE-ANYWHERE,” Los Angeles, Calif.
* Boca Grande Art Alliance National Exhibition.
* Maryland Federation of Art.
* Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.


* Bass Museum, “I Wanna Be Loved by You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe,” Miami Beach, Fla.
* Masur Museum of Art.


* Lancaster County Art


* OMNIART, "Sonic Silence," Miami, Fla.


* Boca Raton Museum of Art
* Norton Museum of Art


* Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Fla.
* Jewish Museum of Florida


* Kim Foster Gallery, "Beyond the Camera...," New York, NY
* Silvana Facchini Gallery, "Living in Miami," Miami, Fla.
* South Florida / Art Center, "Reconnect," Miami Beach, Fla.
* Maryland Federation of Art, "Art on Paper 2001"
* Corcoran Gallery, Annapolis, MD, juror David C. Levy


* Veneto Gallery, Miami, Fla.
* Marguiles Taplin Gallery, Bay Harbour, Fla.


* "Secret Gardens," Travelling Exhibition, Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Fla.
* Public Art Program, City of Orlando, Fla.
* Lowe Museum, University of Miami, Fla.
* Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Fla.


* Bernard Biderman Gallery, New York, NY


* Metro Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, Fla.
* Huntsville Museum of Art


* New England Center for Contemporary Art
* San Diego Art Institute, CA


* Anne Jaffe Gallery, Bay Harbour, Fla.


* Ratner Gallery, Chicago, IL
* Santa Monica Heritage Museum, Los Angeles, Calif.


* Paula Allan Gallery, New York, NY.
* 1988 Otis Parsons School of Design, "Hollywood: Portrait of the Stars" Calif.


* Louvre, Institute des Decoratifs, "Liberty: the Official Exhibitions Centenary

of the Statue of Liberty", Louvre Institut des Decoratifs, Paris, France

* New York Public Library, New York, NY
* Gallery Q, Tokyo, Japan
* University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
* New York University, Loeb Gallery, New York, NY
* Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, Calif.


* Danville Museum of Fine Arts, Danville, Virginia


* Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
* New York University, New York, NY


Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


* Pictogram Gallery, East Village, NY
* California State University,Northridge, Calif.
* Institute for Contemporary Arts, Korea
* Forcus International, "American Woman in Art", Nairobi, Kenya
* Laguna Beach Museum of Art, OCCA, Long Beach, Calif.
* Gallery One, Fort Worth, Texas, juror: Dr. William Otton
* Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel


* Rutgers University, NJ
* Arizona State University, Ariz.
* American Academy of Fine Arts and Letters, New York, NY

Works in public collections (selected)

* Frost Art Museum, Miami, Fla.
* American Bankers Inc., Miami, Fla.
* Capital Bank, Los Angeles, CA; Miami, Fla.
* Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
* Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, NY.
* First Los Angeles Bank Collection, Los Angeles, Calif.
* Kunsan Contemporary Museum, Korea.
* Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Fla.
* Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles, Calif.
* Security Pacific Bank Collection, Los Angeles, Calif.
* Vesti Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts.
* University of Michigan, Dearborn, Mich.
* Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Fla.
* Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, Fla.
* American Bankers Life Assurance Company of Florida.
* Artforum Culture Foundation, Thessaloniki.


1. ^ "Statement from artist's website".

Artist's books

Elias, Sheila; Frank, Peter; Anderson-Spivy, Alexandra; Lowe Art Museum Staff (July 1997). Sheila Elias: Secret Gardens. Lowe Art Museum. ISBN 9780964861411.

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