Florida Artists Group

  Area II Member

Eileen Shaloum—Painter


30 x 30

36 x 36


48 x 48 


Dancing In The Dark
36 x 36

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Eileen Shaloum is a painter and mixed media artist who resides in Delray Beach, Florida and Long Beach, New York. She received her B.A. in Art Education and her M.A. in Art History from Hofstra University in New York. Being an art educator in the public schools of Long Island from 1971-2006 was a rewarding career, which inspired her own art.

During her career teaching art, she gave professional development workshops to other art teachers at New York Art Teachers Association and Long Island Art Teachers Association conferences. She also gave workshops to other artists on the use of mixed media. During that period of time, she continued to exhibit her own work and ran several art businesses from her home studio; these businesses included designing children's clothing, creating one of a kind art furniture and painting portrait sign-in books for parties, engagements, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, etc.

After retiring in 2006, she and her husband, Al, bought a home in Delray Beach, splitting her time between Florida and New York. Both places are stimulating artistically and offer many opportunities to show, exhibit, sell, and participate in arts organizations. Making and developing art is her primary focus, and has become her full time occupation.

She has exhibited in galleries and museums, warehouses and libraries both in group and one person shows in New York and Florida during the past four decades. She has won many awards and is in several private collections around the country.


Artist Statement

I am an abstract painter and mixed media artist who enjoys the process of layering paint and found objects. I bury images under paint, pastel, charcoal, found objects, cloth, photographs, collaged papers and fabrics. I frequently use written passages, which may include poetry, quotes or old letters, in support of my message. Using bold color and a variety of texture,  my goal is to draw the viewer closer so they might interact with the themes in my spirited compositions.

My latest body of work called “Invisible Cities” is inspired by the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino. His book is a jumping off point for my abstract landscapes. The imaginary places described by him, parts of Kubla Khan’s empire, have become my fanciful internal landscapes.

The journeys in this book have become a metaphor for my own journeys in life- actual journeys, inward journeys, emotional journeys, realized journeys, and unrealized journeys. In my pieces, I am hoping the viewer might identify with my thoughts and reflections.

After initially making my abstract cities on stretched canvas, I decided to try unstretched canvas, glued or sewn together, to form the backdrop for each new whimsical landscape; adding even more texture, I wanted them to become as sculptural as a two dimensional piece can be. I sometimes use interactive elements to encourage the viewer to be a participant  as well as an observer.

I have exhibited in galleries and museums in New York and Florida in both group and one woman shows over the last three decades. I have won many awards, and my paintings are in many private collections

Solo Shows:

Syosset Public Library, "Invisible Cities" -November 2016
BJ Spoke Gallery “Women-Words-War”-October 2010
BJ Spoke Gallery “More than Words”- June 2012
BJ Spoke Gallery “Between the Lines” June 2014


Florida Artists Group (FLAG), Coral Springs Museum, Coral Springs, Florida, January 30- March 1, 2017
Crest Theatre Exhibit, Delray Art League, Delray Beach, Florida, January 10-February 24, 2017
Rossetti Fine Arts Gallery, " Basel Broward" juried competition,
Wilton Manors, Florida, December 8, 2016-January 10, 2017
East End Arts Alliance National Juried  Competition: “The Gallerist, The Artist, The Critic, and the Kid”. August 5-September 21, 2016
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, "Wide Open 7" Competition, May 7 - June 14, 2016
National Association of Women Artists New Members' Exhibition, November 2015
Art League of Long Island Members' Exhibition, November 2015
Art League of Long Island’s 57th Long Island Artists Exhibition, April 6-May 7, 2015
Palm Beach Watercolor Society Exhibition, March, 2015
Delray Art League members Juried Exhibition, February-March, 2015
Boca Museum Artists Guild Juried Exhibition. February, 2015, First Place
Islip Arts Council 31st Juried Exhibition, October 26, 2014, First Place
Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond House Gallery “Childhood Memories” show, Honorable Mention, October–November 2013
Pen and Brush Society, People’s Choice Exhibition, October 2011
Islip Art Museum, “All in the Family” open call, juried exhibit, June 2011
Boca Raton Museum of Art School, juried exhibit, March 2010
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy, August 2009
Long Beach Art League, Leona Post Exhibit, 2008
Islip Art Museum, “Altered Images” open call, juried exhibit, May–July 1997
25th Open Competition, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, March 1997
24th Open Competition, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, March 1996


Recognition and Awards:

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Wide Open 7” Exhibition, 2016, Peoples’ Choice Award
Art League of Long Island Members' Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2015
Boca Museum Artists' Guild Juried Exhibition, First Place, 2015
Islip Arts Council 31st Juried Exhibition, First Place, 2014
Mills Pond House Gallery, “Childhood Memories” show, Honorable Mention, 2013
Long Beach Art League, Leona Post Award, 2008
24th Open Competition, Firehouse Gallery. Reviewed in The New York Times by Helen Harrison for pieces, “Vincent” and “Paul” chairs, March 1996


Masters in Art History, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 1975
Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, University, Hempstead, NY 1971
Workshops and Other Education:

Aquamedia Painting with Bob Burridge, Hudson River Valley Art Workshop, Spring 2014
Boca Rarton Museum School of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, 2004-2006
Delray Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, Florida, 2006-2014
Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, 2008
Art New England at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 2004-2006
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy, 2009


Art Educator, Public School Districts, Long Island, New York 1971 - 2006
Professional Artist

Organization Membership:

National Association of Women Artists
National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter
Art League of Long Island
WITVA - Women in the Visual Arts
Boca Museum Artists' Guild
Delray Beach Art League