Eloise McWilliams, Day Dreams, Girl With a Book. Oil on canvas, 30 by 36 inches, signed lower right. Exhibited Florida Federation of Art, 19th Annual, Miami Beach, December 7, 1945.
Eloise McWilliams, self portrait, Best Figure, Miami Woman’s Club Artists and Writers Breakfast, February 1947. Oil on board, 22 by 287 inches, signed lower right.
A well-known Miami portrait artist, Eloise Vail studied art at the Cleveland School of Art before marriage to New York City attorney Howard McWilliams, an 1888 Princeton graduate and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. The couple moved to 3897 Leafy Way, Coconut Grove in 1937. In 1947 her self-portrait won best figure painting at the Miami Woman’s Club Annual Artist & Writers Breakfast. A member of the Florida Federation of Art, in 1942 McWilliams was elected into Miami’s prestigious Blue Dome Fellowship. She exhibited in Miami into the 1950’s before passing away at her home in Coconut Grove in 1969 at age 91.
Born: Cleveland, Ohio, 1878. Died: Coconut Grove, Florida, July 18, 1969. Education: Cleveland School of Art; with Jane Freeman, New York portrait artist. Membership: Florida Federation of Art; Blue Dome Fellowship. Exhibits: Studio of Associated Artists, 111 N.E. Third avenue Miami, March 1940, portrait, Angela, (pictured Miami Daily News, March 10, 1940); Miami Beach Public Library, March 1940; Studio of Associated Artists, 111 N.E. Third Ave, Miami, January 1941; Blue Dome Fellowship Annual, Miami Beach Public Library, February 1942, as a nonmember; Blue Dome Fellowship, Miami, December 1942, Chinese Still Life; Miami Woman’s Club, March 1943, portrait; Miami Woman’s Club, February 1944; Coconut Grove Housekeeper’s Club, Art Exhibit, April 1945, pastel heads; Florida Federation of Art, 19th Annual Exhibition, Miami Beach, December 7, 1945, Day Dreams, Girl With a Book; Housekeepers’ Club, February 1946; Blue Dome Fellowship, first exhibit after World War II, in cooperation with Miami Art League, Miami Woman’s Club, Burdine’s, February 1947; Miami Woman’s Club 19th Annual, February 18, 1947, gold seal for Map of the World; Blue Dome Fellowship annual, Miami Beach Art Center, December 1947-January 1948; Blue Dome Fellowship, at Housekeeper’s Clubhouse, 2985 Bayshore Drive, January-February 1948; Coral Gables Woman’s Club, February 1948, second prize, still life; Coconut Grove Artists Exhibit, Housekeepers’ Club 3rd Annual exhibit of Coconut Grove Artists, January 1949, Portrait of Mrs. R., and honorable mention still-life; Blue Dome Fellowship, Annual, Miami Beach Art Center, January-February 1949, best flower study in oil, Geraniums; Housekeeper‘s Club annual exhibit, Coconut Grove, January 1950, Portrait Study; Coco Plum Woman’s Club, South Miami, 1st Exhibit, January 1950; Blue Dome Fellowship at Miami Beach Art Center, April 1950, honorable mention, oil still life for Staffordshire Huntsman; Coco Plum Woman’s Club, annual Flamingo Art Exhibit, February 25, 1953; Flamingo Magazine, Miami, 1953, painting, Marie, also reproduced in Miami Daily News, April 12, 1953; Blue Dome Fellowship, Miami Beach Art Center, March 1954, Copper and Zinnias.