About Shalom Arts
Shalom, a term for blessing in the Hebrew language.
Shalom Arts Consulting, Inc.’s long-term vision is to curate art in public spaces that moves and inspires people while also simultaneously creating a friendly and interactive environment. In regards to professional environment analysis, the progressive steps of our company‘s efforts has always involved providing artistically rich critical thinking through the bouncing back and forth of ideas with one another as well as working collaboratively to develop the best public art curations.
Shalom Arts Consulting, Inc. often engages in Public Art Ordinance and Post-Completion Evaluation, Public Art Curation Specialization, Initial Comprehensive Planning, Public Art Education and Public Participation; Culture and Art Promotion and Marketing, International Art Exchange, Architecture and Public Art Lectures, Professional Art Tours, etc. in providing art curation services for construction companies and other private sectors.
The units we have provided service to include: the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of National Defense R.O.C., the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Freeway Bureau MOTC, the Taoyuan County Government, the Hsinchu County Stadium, the National Defense Medical Center, the Taiwan University Hospital, the National Hsinchu Living Arts Center, the Zhucheng Construction Company, and more.
Virginia Huiting Chen, founder of Shalom Arts Consulting, Inc., returned to Taiwan in 1992, assisting the Council for Cultural Affairs (now the Ministry of Culture) in drafting the Implementation of Public Art Regulations. Chen studied sculpting at the National Taiwan University of the Arts, fine arts at Tunghai University, architecture at the Chinese Culture University, and she also studied architecture overall for fifteen years. Chen served on the Public Art Review Committee in the Council for Cultural Affairs, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C., the Ministry of Education, the city of Kaohsiung, the city of Hsinchu, the city of Keelung, etc. She was the executive director of the Foundation for Research on Open Space, Taipei for twelve years, and founded the Public Art Newsletter magazine to deepen the understanding of public art for people from all walks of life and to promote communication between government agencies and artists. Today, she is still serving as an advisor to the Public Art Newsletter, as the practice of public art has been going on for over twenty years.
Chen has also written several books, which include The Public Art Operational Manual, The Soul Clinic: Hospital Public Art, A Decade of Public Art in Taiwan, An Overview of Public Art in Taiwan and China, Public Arts in Taiwan, The City of the People, and many others.
The word “Xi en” originates from the Hebrew word Shalom, a term for blessing, which connotates harmony between heaven and man, the earth filled with peace where everything is whole, and the meaning of happiness. This word fully conveys our vision of seeking after culture and art that can best support the welfare of residents.