DR. AYELET (ELAINE) SHEFER
Painter & Art Historian
Tel: +972-4-954188, +972-528-321966
Lives and creates Ein Hod Artists' Village, Israel.
Born in New York USA. Made "alia" to Israel in 1970
and from 1972 until 2002 served as a Senior Lecturer in Art History
at Haifa University, Israel.
Studied art with Ad Reinhart, Jimmy Ernst and Walter Rosenblum
in New York; at the Brooklyn Museum; University of California
Berkeley; "Studio School " – Cambridge, Mass.
USA, and "Senne Atalier" – Amsterdam, Holland.
"Why shoes?" I'm often asked….Most likely related
to my love of dance and a lifetime pre-occupation with feet and
legs. But more than that, shoes are a symbol of a woman's soul,
her ups' and downs', her passion for beauty and the decorative,
her desire to make a statement. The woman in a high heel is in
high heel changes the way she walks, the way she thinks of herself
and the way others see her. She is in total command.
Like the dolls and still lives I sometimes paint as well, the
shoes are beautiful, colorful; an excuse to affirm the wonders
that make up a woman's life, wonders that are bright, happy, sometimes
comical and always a bit naughty.
B.A.(Cum Laude) in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College
MA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley,
"Gauguin and the Symbolist Poets" (Masters thesis)
PhD in Art History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
"The Bird in the Cage: A study of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian
Iconogrpahy" (Published also as a book in 1990, by Peter Lang
bulisher. American University Studies, Series XX, fine Arts, Vol.
Academic Rank and Status:
1971-2002: Tenured Senior Lecturer in Art History.
University of Haifa, Israel
(For books and articles, see: art.haifa.ac.il)
Formal Art Studies:
Brooklyn College - Studied with Ad Reinhardt, Jimmy Ernst, Walter
Rosenblum: Painting, drawing, design, sculpture and Photography.
Brooklyn Museum - Assistant to the Curator of Photography, Egyptian
Brooklyn Museum - Sketching classes.
Art Students League, New York - Painting.
University of California, Berkeley - Art Studies.
"Studio School" - Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard University)
"Senne Atalier"-Amsterdam, Holland
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