Eli Craven (b. 1979) is an artist based in Lafayette, Indiana. He received a BFA from Boise State University in 2011 and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Craven’s research resides in the critical investigation of the image and its relationship to ideologies of sexuality, desire, and death. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Purdue University.
Exhibitions 2022 Desire Lines, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH Fresh 2022, KlompChing Gallery, Brooklyn, NY We Like Small Things V.5, Filter Space, Chicago, IL Post-It, De Krook, Ghent, Belgium Context 2022, Filter Space, Chicago, IL Post Process, The Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Lafayette, IN 2021 First Aid and the Living Anatomy, Telluride Arts, Telluride, CO Biennial 31, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN Collage Collage, PiscinaComunale, Milan, Italy Context 2021, Filter Space, Chicago, IL Solitude, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 2020 Focal Point, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO The World Collage Atlas, Kunstwerkt, Schiedam, Netherlands In Contact, The Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN Photograms, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, Brooklyn, NY (online exhibition) Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Rueff Galleries, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN D&A #13, Dock 6 Collective, Chicago, IL (online exhibition) Intimacies and Influence, Open House Contemporary, Chicago, IL 2019 Salvaconnome, PiscinaComunale, Milan, Italy Holding What Cannot Be Held, Ming Studios, Boise, ID The World Collage Atlas, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium The Age of Collage, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany Context 2019, Filter Space, Chicago, IL Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID 2018 Swimming and Diving, Collaboration with Maria Chavez, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University American Splendour: New Photography, Ilon Art Gallery, New York, NY 2017 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 2016 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 2015 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 2014 Naive Objects (solo), Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL Sans-Hiatus,Link Gallery, Urbana, IL May, DdA Factory Gallery, Cagliari, Italy 2013 2013 Idaho Triennial, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID Patchbox Project, Cargo Gallery, Rome, Italy Unfinished, Gallery at the Linen Building, Boise, ID 2012 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 2011 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 2010 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
Publications 2021 Carnale Magazine: Issue 1: “Desiderio.” Milan, Italy. May 2021 2020 Lampoon Magazine, Issue #21: “Prototype.” Milan, Italy. May 2020 2019 Terrain Issue #72: Censures, Paris, France, November 2019
Found Footage Magazine, Issue #5, Barcelona, Spain Philosophie Magazine, Emmanuel Levinas Special Issue, France, January 2019 2018 O, The Oprah Magazine,Reading Room, August 2018 Don Pasquale Programme, Opéra National de Paris, June - July 2018 Ataduras (Cover), Domenico Starnone, Penguine Randomhouse Barcelona, May 2018 Elle UK, You Have a New Match, May 2018 The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Volume 14, Issue 3 (Cover) 2017 International Photography Annual Vol. 4, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, Oh 2016 The Age of Collage Vol. 2, Gestalten, Berlin Germany Unlocked, Atopos CVC, Athens Greece 2014 Collage Makers, Monsa Publications, Barcelona Spain Baron Magazine, "The Future of Sex", Issue #3, UK 2013 Neverlazy Quarterly (cover), Winter 2013 The Age of Collage, Gestalten, Berlin 2012 In Flight: On the Plane, The Velvet Cell, Osaka Japan
Press 2020 Tuja, Máximo, “Eli Craven: Reassigning the Lost Meaning in Found Photography.” The Weird Show, access date: March 9, 2020, www.theweirdshow.info 2019 Tuja, Máximo, "Dennis Busch Curates The Age of Collage 2 Exhibition" The Weird Show, access date: March, 11, 2019, www.theweirdshow.info Galmozzi, Marta, "Six Questions: Eli Craven" Tique Art Paper, access date: January 30, 2019, www.tique.art/paper 2018 Hawk, Greta, "It Was a Hobby That Turned Into an Obsession" Kluid Magazine, access date: June 21, 2018, www.kluidmagazine.com 2017 Feinstein, Jon, "Photography Highlights From Seattle's Two Legit-Most Art Fairs" Humble Arts Foundation, access date : August 5, 2017, www.hafny.org Horvat, Katja, "Distorted World of Eli Craven" Interview Magazine Germany, access date: April 18, 2017, www.interview.de Faingold, Scott, "A Touching Display" Illinois Times, January 26, 2017 2016 Defert, Auriane, "Spread: Eli Craven Interview", We Are Some Wild Children, Issue J16, access date: January 20, 2016, wearesomewildchildren.co.uk 2015 Briongos, Rubén, "Interview: Eli Craven", The Weird Show, access date: May 6, 2015, weirdshow.info M. Sandro, "Eli Craven Interview", No Tofu Magazine, access date: March 25th, 2015, notofu.com 2014 Festa, Lauren, "Interview: Eli Craven", Adult Magazine, access date: November 14th, 2014, adult-mag.com "Cut, Tear, Paste", Kunstbeeld Magazine, Vol #9, Netherlands, Belgium, September 2013 Passarivaki, Maria, "Screen Lovers", Ignant, access date: April 22, 2013, ignant.de Vanhemert, Kyle, "Steamy Scenes From the Silver Screen, Folded Into Consummation", Fast Company Design, access date: April 30, 2013.www.fascodesign.com 2012 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
Education 2016 MFA Photography, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 2011 BFA Photography, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Teaching Experience 2019-Present Assistant Professor of Photography, Purdue University 2017-2019 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art, Boise State University 2016-2017 Adjunct Faculty, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign