Eli Craven b. 1979

Contact at

Instagram @elicraven





Swimming and Diving, Collaboration with Maria Chavez, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University

American Splendour: New Photography, Ilon Art Gallery, New York, NY


Cut and Paste-Exposição de Colagem, Biennial of Contemporary Art Maia, Portugal

Out of Sight, Schoenfeld's Building, curated by Benedict Heywood, Greg Lundgren, S. Surface, and Justen Siyuan Waterhouse, Seattle, WA

2017 Biennial Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Eli Craven (solo), Open House Contemporary, Chicago, IL

Touching (solo), DEMO Project, Springfield, IL


P.S. (solo), Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL 

A Load, Especially a Heavy One (solo), The Atlanta School, Atlanta, ID

ABBRVTN, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL

P.S., MFA Thesis Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

A Load, Especially a Heavy One (solo), The Opgenorth, Champaign, IL

Unlocked, Atopos CVC, Athens, Greece


Imaginary Portraits, Curated by Leo and Pipo, En Face, Paris, France

Sinking Feeling, Curated by Jason Judd, Demo Project, Springfield, IL

YesAllWomen, Dilettante, Los Angeles, CA

Disconnection, Curated by Justin Tyler Close, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

From Now, Curated by Allison Grant, Filter Space, Chicago, IL

Eidetic Image, Curated by Christina Hirukawa and Meredith Preuss, Burrard Arts Foundation, Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

New Terrains: The Landscape Reviewed, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL


Naive Objects (solo), Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL

Sans-Hiatus, Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

May, DdA Factory Gallery, Cagliari, Italy


2013 Idaho Triennial, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Patchbox Project, Cargo Gallery, Rome, Italy

Unfinished, Gallery at the Linen Building, Boise, ID


Americas 2012: All Media, Northwest Art Center Hartnett Gallery, Minot State University, Minot, ND

Dry Spell, collaborative installation with architect Maria Chavez, Eagle Performing Arts Center, Eagle, ID

Wither and Bloom, Visual Arts Collective, Garden City, ID

Canoeing, collaborative installation with architect Maria Chavez, Bricolage Gallery, Boise, ID


Janet Jackson's Intergalactic Mimetic Soul Shakedown, curated by Benjamin Love, Sam Fox School of Art St. Louis, MO

Fresh Air: Regional Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists, Juror: Courtney Gilbert, Visual Art Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID


One Trick Pony, 2010 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID

One Night Stand, Joebar Gallery, Seattle, WA

Smokers (solo), Good Damn Projects, Boise, ID


Selected Publications 


O, The Oprah Magazine, Reading Room, August 2018

Don Pasquale Programme, Opéra National de Paris, June - July 2018

Elle UK, You Have a New Match, May 2018

The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Volume 14, Issue 3 (Cover)


International Photography Annual Vol. 4, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, Oh


The Age of Collage Vol. 2, Gestalten, Berlin Germany

Unlocked, Atopos CVC, Athens Greece


Collage Makers, Monsa Publications, Barcelona Spain

Baron Magazine, "The Future of Sex", Issue #3, UK


Neverlazy Quarterly (cover), Winter 2013

The Age of Collage, Gestalten, Berlin


In Flight: On the Plane, The Velvet Cell, Osaka Japan


Selected Press


Hawk, Greta, "It Was a Hobby That Turned Into an Obsession" Kluid Magazine, access date: June 21, 2018,


Feinstein, Jon, "Photography Highlights From Seattle's Two Legit-Most Art Fairs" Humble Arts Foundation, access date : August 5, 2017,

Horvat, Katja, "Distorted World of Eli Craven", Interview Magazine Germany, access date: April 18, 2017,


Defert, Auriane, "Spread: Eli Craven Interview", We Are Some Wild Children, Issue J16, access date: January 20, 2016,


Briongos, Rubén, "Interview: Eli Craven", The Weird Show, access date: May 6, 2015,

M. Sandro, "Eli Craven Interview", No Tofu Magazine, access date: March 25th,


Festa, Lauren, "Interview: Eli Craven", Adult Magazine, access date: November 14th, 2014,

"Cut, Tear, Paste", Kunstbeeld Magazine, Vol #9, Netherlands, Belgium, September


Passarivaki, Maria, "Screen Lovers", Ignant, access date: April 22, 2013, 

Vanhemert, Kyle, "Steamy Scenes From the Silver Screen, Folded Into Consummation", Fast Company Design, access date: April 30,


Oland, Dana “The Denizens of Black Hunger Prod Notions of Art”, The Idaho Statesman, September 21

Schnoor, Christopher "Wither and Bloom Explores Truth and Memory" The Boise Weekly, Volume 21, Issue 1, June 27th-July 3rd

Masterson, Sarah "Black Hunger" The Boise Weekly, Volume 20, Issue 40, March 28-April 3



2016 MFA Photography, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

2011 BFA Photography, Boise State University, Boise, ID


Teaching Experience

2017-Present Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art, Boise State University

2016-2017 Adjunct Faculty, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

2014-2016 Instructor of Record, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign