Eleanor Oakes (biography)



Eleanor Oakes (biography)


Eleanor Oakes


Assistant Professor, Photography


MFA Stanford University;
BA Princeton University

Biographical Text

Eleanor Oakes is a photographic artist based in Detroit, MI. She is Assistant Professor of Photography at the College for Creative Studies, and was the founder of Darkroom Detroit, a non-profit that expands access to photography in Detroit. Her work has been featured internationally in numerous exhibitions and publications, including at Belle Isle Viewing Room (Detroit), Wasserman Projects (Detroit), Tyler Wood Gallery (New York, San Francisco), the University of the Notre Dame (Indiana), Simone de Sousa Gallery (Detroit), and Beyond Magazine (Germany), among others. She was an Applebaum Emerging Artist Resident at Ponyride (Detroit) where she completed the collaborative public art project "Graffiti Wanted" to include residents in an open dialogue about governmental censorship. She is also the recipient of awards including a 2023 Flourish Fund Grant from Culture Source and the Andy Warhol Foundation, and a Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation.


Solo Exhibitions
(2023) Eleanor Oakes, Belle Isle Viewing Room, Detroit, MI;
(2022) exposure / lots lots, The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN;
(2019) Barnes Hall, Tyler Wood Gallery, Long Island City, NY;
(2016) Graffiti Wanted, 849 Henry St, Detroit, MI;
(2015) Residual Loop, Tyler Wood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards
(2023) Flourish Fund Grant Recipient, Culture Source + the Andy Warhol Foundation, Detroit, MI;
(2022) PhMuseum Women Photographer Grant Shortlist, Bologna, Italy;
(2016) Ponyride Detroit Applebaum Emerging Artist Resident;
(2014) Anita Squires Fowler Award, Stanford University;
(2013) Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards;
(2012) Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation;
(2007) 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers, Center for Documentary Studies and powerHouse Books;
(2007) Francis LeMoyne Page Visual Arts Award, Princeton University;
(2006) Lawrence P. Wolfen 1987 Award, Princeton University

Select Group Exhibitions
(2023) In dreams I walk with you, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA;
(2023) FAINT, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI;
(2023) Glimpse, Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA;
(2023) Get Together, Reyes | Finn, Detroit, MI;
(2023) Objects of Affection, Wasserman Works at Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI;
(2022) Double Life, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI;
(2021) Edition 365, 1854 Media, ART3.io, digital;
(2020) Context 2020, Filter Space, Chicago, IL;
(2019) We the People, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA;
(2018) Edition 18, Simone de Sousa Gallery, Detroit, MI;
(2018) Uncertain Times, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA;
(2017) Community, Playground Detroit, Detroit, MI;
(2017) Round in Circles, N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI;
(2014) Hidden Rooms, International Festival of Video + Performance Art, Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy;
(2014) Half Tilt Full Lean, Thomas Welton Gallery, Stanford, CA;
(2013) Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA;
(2013) Before Your Very Eyes, Performance Studies International #19, Stanford, CA;
(2013) MFA Now, Root Division, San Francisco, CA;
(2013) Arsenal, Thomas Welton Gallery, Stanford, CA;
(2008) 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers, Gulf and Western Gallery, New York, NY;


(2022, Fall) "milk and tears," Beyond, Heidelberg, Germany: Kalamari Klub;
(2019, Fall) "Renovations, January 2018," Detroit Sequential, Detroit, MI: Rotland Press;
(2019, October) "Removed," LOSTiN Detroit, Berlin, Germany: LOSTin City Guides;
(2019, June) "Detroit Voter Portraits," Beyond, Heidelberg, Germany: Kalamari Klub;
(2012) Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2012, Toronto, Ontario: Magenta Publishing for the Arts;
(2008) 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers, Vol. 2, Brooklyn, New York: powerHouse Books and the Center for Documentary Studies;
(2006) Ebbing Borders, Flowing Lives: Articulating Reality in a Northeastern Megalopolis, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University



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