Efterpe Troupis

Photo of Efterpe Troupis "My passion and my bliss are drawing and painting. I drew corn in all of its states of growth and decay to teach myself how to draw, when I was growing up in Illinois. My artwork has always had a tension between realism and the conceptual search for meaning. Whether in portraiture or my other fine art commissions the privilege of another day of honing these skills humbles this person."

Jeanne Efterpe Troupis Balukas artistic ability manifested itself at a young age as high school brought local, state and national art awards and scholarships to art camps. Her work was in traveling shows state wide, and nationally. High school culminated in admission with scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968. Married within that school year, she continued to work at her art going to school full time as well as Saturdays, nights and summers.

She lived and traveled in Morocco, France and Egypt over the years 1971 and 1972. She returned to the U.S.A. working full time and finishing her B.F.A. degree before moving to pre-revolution Iran (1975) where she was an art teacher, traveling extensively in Iran, Turkey and pre-invasion Afghanistan.
She returned briefly to the U.S.A. working at Harvard before returning to Europe and spending the next eight years living in the heart of Paris, working for H.H. Karim Agha Khan, networking, socializing, and raising a growing family of four children.

She then returned to Princeton, New Jersey, where she ran a successful antique French furniture import business, before moving to Oberlin, Ohio where she is now currently an art teacher in Amherst, Ohio.

You can view samples of her work in the Portraits and Drawings sections of the website.

Exhibitions & Awards

Gala Concert Opening:
Madison Symphony Orchestra
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison, Wisconsin

Lorain County Art Teachers Annual Exhibition
Annual Exhibition
Elyria Public Libraries
Elyria, Ohio
Spring 2002 through Present

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts
Members Show
Oberlin, Ohio
2002 through 2007

Spring Showing
Lorain County Art Teachers Annual Exhibition
Elyria, Ohio

Union League Benefit Auction
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Won numerous federal, national, and
regional awards for art education.
2001 through Present


MA, Curriculum and Instruction
Ashland University
Ashland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Certificate of completion of study of the academic method of drawing
Florence Academy of Art
Florence, Italy

BFA, Painting and Drawing
School of the Art Institute of Chicago /
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Transfer credit student from the
Boston Museum School
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Transfer credit student from
Université de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France