I”m pleased to announce the opening of my solo exhibition Beholden at the Aurora Photo Center in Indianapolis, IN on January 5th, 2024. Beholden brings together images and sculptural pieces from several of my long-term projects, including Soap Opera, PPS, and First-Aid and Living Anatomy, as well as visual research completed when I was the 2022 Aurora + Herron Resident. Included in the exhibition are three mural-size works that expand on my typical print scale with wood overlays that complete the murals. Aurora’s Spring 2024 exhibitions explore current themes and methods for photographic artists working in abstraction. There is an opening reception on January 5th from 6-9pm and the exhibition will be on view through April 5th 2024. Please visit the Aurora Photo Center’s website for more information about this exhbiition and their programming.
October 13, 2023
Filter Photo is pleased to present, I Don't Want to Fall In Love Again, a solo exhibition of work by Eli Craven.
This exhibition presents 21 recent works that have been transformed through sculptural, digital, and darkroom manipulation. Craven uses both found and original imagery to investigate the image's relationship to the body, sexuality, desire, and death. The artist is particularly drawn to what he describes as "the ubiquitous and mundane photography in self-help books, instructional guides, and family portraiture, which, upon close inspection, allude to a range of human fears and emotions."
The exhibition will be on view October 13th - November 18th 2023. Learn more about Filter Photo and their programming at their site filterphoto.org
September 21, 2023
I’m pleased to share I’ll be exhibiting new work at the Unseen Photography Fair in Amsterdam, Netherlands September 21 - 24, 2023. The work will be shown with Kant Gallery, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their booth will include work from Bert Teunissen (NL), Susanne Wellm (DK), and myself. I’m excitied to work with Kant and to share the space with these excellent artists. For more information about the fair visit unseenamsterdam.com and for more information via Kant Gallery visit their website gallerikant.dk
September 7, 2023
Candela Books and Gallery will be presenting a few of my works in their booth at Art on Paper in NYC September 7th-10th. If you’re in NYC please stop by and check out my work and works from Peter Cochran, Liliana Guzman, Alma Haser, Caitlin Teal Price, Kahn & Selesnick, Alyssa Salomon, Harrison D. Walker, Woody Woodroof, and Willie Anne Wright. Find them at Art on Paper, Pier 36, booth F17.
August 31, 2023
A selection of new works from my Soap Opera series will be in the group exhibition Altered at Candela Books and Gallery in Richmond, VA. The exhibition spotlights 4 artists currently working to manipulate the photographic image and features work from Alma Haser, Jason Carney, Adriene Hughes, and myself. There is an opening reception on September 1st, 2023 at 5:00pm - 8:30pm and will be on view through October 24, 2023. You can read more about the artists included and find infomration about Candela and their programs on their website.
August 26, 2023
I am excited to share a new collaborative project called Transitory Periods of Greatness created with Architect and Artist Maria Chavez. The exhibition will open on September 1st, 2023 at the Art Federation in Lafayette, IN and will be on display through October 29, 2023. The project manifested through conversations about transition and the magnitude of change we are experiencing. The current iteration of the project takes form as an installation consisting of images and objects combined to investigate our relationship to the earth. Images of the natural landscape, both dead and alive, reflect gestures of resistance and acceptance. Clay, beeswax, and wood are utilized to draw material and formal connections to the image and suggest a cyclical exchange between the two. Through this work, we recognize the futility of our efforts to resolve our impact as artists and as human beings. Nevertheless, we aim to find beauty in the conditions of the transitory and the unknown.
August 23, 2023
Selections from my collage series Carnale will be included in the group exhibition #Social at the CICA Museum in South Korea. The exhibition is on display from August 23 through September 10 2023. See the CICA Museum website for details and images of the exhibition.
March 19th, 2023
I am fortunate to be selected to participate in the Kolaj Institute’s Collage and Folklore Residency at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, TN, March 19th - 24th 2023. I will create a series of collages exploring forms of folklore, history, and storytelling close to my family and community. Selections from the residency will then be displayed in an exhibition at the MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar Scotland in September 2023 and additional collages will be published in a collage and folklore book coming in 2024. Stay tuned for news on the exhibition and book.
March 10th, 2023
I have two works included in the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Exhibition at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. The exhibition will be open March 10th - April 7th 2023. The exhibition includes 20 works from 14 artists from across the three state region. Exhibiting artists include Lauren Anderson, Brochevski (Amai Rawls Jr.), Eli Craven, Noah DiRuzza, Ron Isaacs, Ellen Lyon, Antonio McAfee, Lisa Merida-Paytes, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Marc Ross, Lisa River Schenkelberg, Hedieh Sharifzadeh, Stephen Tornero, and Sarah Zimmerman.
March 3rd, 2023
I will have a series of new works on view at Open House Contemporary in the Floor 2 Space as part of their new exhibition titled The Factory. The exhibition is opening to the public on March 3rd 2023 and includes new works from Kari Abromitis, Tom Lau, Ingrid Clark, Erik Peterson, Natalie Clark, John Preus, Preeti Samraj, Matty Kellen, Genevieve Wolf, and myself.
February 1st, 2023
I will be giving an artist lecture at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI in Indianapolis on February 2nd at 1:00pm. I will be discussing my practice leading up to my Aurora Photo Center residency at the Herron School, the work I produced during the residency, and how the
residency continues to influence my practice. The lecture is free and open to the public.
December 7th, 2022
I will have work available in a pop-up exhibition in Indianapolis. For Two Days Only: On December 9 & 10, the Aurora Pop-Up Gallery will feature work for sale by over 20 Central-Indiana photographers and photo-based artists. An opening party on December 9, 6-9pm, will celebrate the artists and a great year for photography in our arts community.
The Aurora Pop-Up Gallery will offer framed photography for sale by Adam Starr, Alex Anderson, Andy Eclov, Asli Narin, Charles Yang, Darrell Staggs, Debbie Winchester, Dycus the Photographer, Eli Craven, Eric Schoch, Jason Jones, Jay van Santen, Jessica Paullus, Justin Sicking, Lesley Ackman, Matthew Carroll, Mike Allee, Rita Rent, Sarah Kercheval, Steve Nyktas, and Trinity, and artist books from a:c print projects.
Aurora Pop-Up Gallery + Party December 9-10, 2022 Sales Gallery Hours: 10am-9pm, December 9; 10am-6pm, December 10 Opening Reception + Party: December 9, 6pm-9pm Free and open to the public Aurora PhotoCenter at Re:Public, 2301 East 10th Street, Indianapolis
October 19th, 2022
My work was recently featured in Issue #3 of Collé from Collage Incorporated. Collé is an exploration into the world of contemporary collage. You can join the community and subscribe to receieve future issues for free over at collageinc.com
September 30th, 2022
My solo exhibition Desire Lines is opening at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 30th 2022. It’s especially exciting to have an exhibition on display in Cincinnati during the FotoFocus Biennial. Manifest Gallery has a series of photo-based exhibitions during the biennial to kick off their 19th exhibition season. The exhibition is on display September 30th through October 28th 2022. You can get more information about the exhibitons at Manifest at their website.
August 9th, 2022
We Like Small Things V. 5 is now on view at Filter Space in Chicago, IL and I’m pleased that one of my photographs is included in the exhibition. We Like Small Things is Filter’s annual small works juried exhibition. This year the juror was Jan Christian Bernabe, founder and director of FLXST Contemporary and Fracas Gallery in Chicago, IL. The exhibition will be on view through October 22nd, 2022 with an opening reception on September 16th, 2022. Check out Filter Photo’s website to see a complete list of artists.
August 4th, 2022
I am excited to announce that I am a finalist in the Fresh 2022 annual photography competition at KlompChing Gallery. In addition to being one of twenty artists on the shortlist, my work will be in a physical exhibiton at KlompChing Gallery in Brooklyn, NY opening September 15th 2022. For more information about the twenty finalists and the five exhibiting artists in the physical exhibition, check out KlompChing Gallery’s website.
August 1st, 2022
I am thrilled to share that I have been awarded the August 2022 Aurora PhotoCenter + Herron Residency. I will spend two weeks in the amazing Herron School of Art darkrooms experimenting with found negatives using physical collage, double/multiple exposure, and assemblage. In the work I would like to explore the photograph’s relationship to death, memory, and desire while re-evaluating familial realtionships and ideologies of gender and sexuality often perpetuated through family archives. Stay tuned to my website and to my instagram @elicraven for progress on the residency during the month of August.
January 10th, 2022
I recently curated the exhibition Perpetual Ebb for the Purdue University Galleries. The exhibition includes seven artists exploring ideas of loss, fear, identity, and place through a lens of varied perspectives and photographic methods. Each artist utilizes photography in their practice - as a medium, a tool, an object, a reference, and in many cases a combination thereof. Perpetual Ebb evokes a sense of time and contemplation. The title may suggest a repetitive pattern, a sinking feeling, or an infinite abyss. Despite the solemn theme on the surface, the works in theexhibition conjure a sense of hope, curiosity, and awareness of that which troubles us.
The exhibition is located in the Rueff East Gallery and includes work by Rachel Cox, Sandra Erbacher, Merik Goma, Allison Grant, Jacinda Russell, Edra Soto, and Jiawei Zhao. The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 7pm through February 4th 2022.
January 7th, 2022
My work can currently be seen in the group exhibition Post Process at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette, Indiana. The exhibition feautres work from the photography department faculty at Purdue University. The exhibition is open to the public Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.
August 2nd, 2021
I have a solo exhibition of new works at the Telluride Arts District Gallery in Telluride, Colorado during the month of August 2021. The exhibition will feature selections from my projects “First Aid” and “The Living Anatomy.” The show is part of the Telluride Arts District’s “The Body Electric” series running throughout 2021. The opening reception is Thursday August 5th from 5-8pm.
July 21st, 2021
I am excited to share that my work will be included in the 31st Biennial at the South Bend Museum of Art. The SBMA Biennial presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest. Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin, this exhibition is an up-to-date dialogue of art happening in the midwest. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. From 342 submitting artists, twelve were selected by juror Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The exhibition will be open July 24th through October 3rd 2021 with a recepetion on September 3rd. Find out more about the exhibition and the participating artists at https://southbendart.org/see/biennial-31
November 12th 2020
Currently my work can be seen in the group exhibition Focal Point at the Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, MO. The exhibition was juried by Robin Assner-Alvey, Professor of Art at Webster University and focuses on how photography can be pushed to its fullest potential. An online version of the exhibition can be viewed on the Foundry Art Centre website.
October 23rd 2020
I am honored to be included on the list of finalists for the Spring 2020 Hopper Prize grant awards. In addition to being featured on the website, the Hopper Prize organization recently invited me to do a follow up interview. All shortlist finalists are featured along side the winners on the Hopper Prize website. Take a look at the winner’s and finalist’s profiles at this link. Read my interview along with some new work in progress on their Journals page.
July 28th 2020
I recently worked with Lampoon Magazine in Milan Italy on a series of collages for their latest issue titled “Prototype.” The images feature products and design from Prada, Givenchy, Bonacina, and others. To order a copy of the publication and learn more about Lampoon, visit their site.
March 9th 2020
The Weird Show has a new interview with me up on their site. Max-o-matic and I talk about my process, found photography, and the important role framing plays in the work. You can read my interview and see a great selection of other artists at their site theweirdshow.info
December 12th 2019
I am excited to have my work included in the latest issue of Terrain, an academic journal of social and cultural anthropology published in Paris, France. Their latest issue “Censures” addresses censorship, freedom of expression, and forms of forced silence. To find out more about Terrain visit their page on openedition.org
September 8th 2019
One year ago I toured the nuclear waste clean-up sites at the Idaho National Laboratory near Arco, Idaho with a group of artists. Following the tour, the group processed the experience while creating new work for the exhibition Holding What Can’t Be Held. The exhibition opens Saturday September 14th at Ming Studios in Boise, Idaho. The exhibiting artist’s include Irina Novarese, Kristen Cooper, Uli Westphal, New Catalogue (Jonathan Sadler & Luke Batten), Astri Snodgrass, Bryan Moore, Candace Rood, Alek De Dochas, Tim Andreae, and myself.
August 12th 2019
I recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Photography in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue University. I am proud to be joining an institution with such a rich history of innovation. With research that has led us around the world and into space, Purdue continues to hold excellent faculty and I am looking forward to working with such great people.
May 28th 2019
I am excited to share that I have been awarded a grant from the Alexa Rose Foundation. I’ll be using the funds to maintain a Boise studio at the Gem Center for the Arts where I’ll be testing new work and continuing my collaborations with Maria Chavez.
March 20th 2019
La Monnaie, the Brussels Royal Opera House is using my work for the promotion of the opera production “Les Silence des Ombres.” the production will run in the 2019 - 2020 seasons opnening September 2019. Visit lamonnaie.be for more information and to purchase tickets.
February 26th 2019
My work was recently published in Found Footage Magazine, a film studies journal devoted to the dissemination of found footage and collage cinema. Visit foundfootagemagazine.com for more information and to purchase issues of the journal.