HELENE YENTIS - Founder
Helene Yentis is the founder and director of the Palm Beach Center for Jewish Art, a scholarly venue to view and to learn about many aspects of Jewish Art.
She has an MA in Art History and Judaic Studies from the University of Chicago.
Helene's 30 years of experience and expertise have culminated in the creation of the Palm Beach Center for Jewish Art. She believes that as the Rabbis say there are 70 faces to the study of Torah, including the visual arts.
Jewish scholars have always placed a greater emphasis on the text, rather than on images. However, from ancient times to the present day, there is an entire body of Jewish Art, which can be viewed and analyzed. Contemporary Jewish artists need to be part of the mainstream art scene and have a special place where their work can be viewed in a Jewish context. Thus, the rationale for the Palm Beach Center for Jewish Art.
Helene's diverse background includes:
- Curating exhibitions in museums and rare book libraries;
- Presenting interactive seminars on Jewish Art History
- Leading tours of private collections and historical sites of Jewish interest
- Teaching art to children and adults;
- Developing Jewish collegiate level art history curriculum;
- Researching and cataloguing private collections;
- Disposing of personal collections via charitable giving and other techniques.
Helene's area of specialty is Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts. She has developed a core curriculum on the visual components of these manuscripts and she has addressed the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Studies Colloquium at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida and the Illinois Medieval Association, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.