Eleanor Conover

The 2020-21 Alice C. Cole '42 Fellow


Eleanor Conover is a Tennessee-based contemporary artist whose work engages with the physical and material conditions of painting as a metaphor for environmental time and space. Also employing elements of drawing, language, and history, the works imply spaces and states of excavation and accumulation.


abstract painting with denim blue background, rough strokes in pink, brown, cream in top half, loose cream-colored linework in bottom half

The Big Year, 19 x 15", oil, acrylic, bleach, and dye on sewn canvas and linen, 2020


abstract painting with irregular edges; tranlucent panels of mostly cream, green, and brown are stretched over an irregular grid frame

Nearer Fuller, 54 x 42" (variable), oil, graphite, bleach, acrylic, and dye on linen, 2020


mostly burgundy abstract painting with irregular edges; upper 2 thirds show cream and ochre lines and U shapes, bottom third shows larger darker burgundy rounded forms

Species and Spaces, 54 x 42" (variable), oil, graphite, bleach, and dye on linen, 2020


Born in Hartford, CT in 1988, Conover received her MFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and her BA from Harvard College. Most recently her work has been shown at Ortega Y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, NY) and C for Courtside (Knoxville, TN). Her work has been supported through artist residencies including Vermont Studio Center, Cow House Studios, and the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. With an interest in land and environment, she has additionally been involved in the research of geologic histories in Philadelphia, PA, and visual work regarding ecological histories in places as remote as the Aleutian Islands, AK.  She received a post-MFA teaching fellowship at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she continues to teach Painting and Drawing.


ink outline border of simple oak leaves


Eleanor Conover's website


ink outline border of simple oak leaves