Faculty Biography

Elli Crocker

Elli Crocker, M.F.A.

Professor of Studio Art
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.8818
Email: ecrocker@clarku.edu

Professional Website

Professor Crocker received a B.A. from Smith College and an M.F.A from Tufts University. A full-time member of the Clark faculty since 1994 and director of the Studio Art program from 2002-2015, Prof. Crocker will serve as director of the Schiltkamp Gallery in Traina Center for the Arts commencing with the 2016/2017 academic year.

Current Teaching and Creative Work

Professor Crocker is a representational painter whose work has focused on the human figure. Most recently, she has been exploring the human/animal interface, an ancient preoccupation in art that assumes new dimensions as we are ever more able to manipulate and impact nature.

Professor Crocker has also undertaken numerous commissions, both public and private. Significant among these are projects for the Allston Village Main Street Association/City of Boston (21 trompe l’oeil panels), the Newton North Millennial Project (a 10'x20' painting), and a portrait of the headmistress at Chestnut Hill School (Brookline, MA). Professor Crocker is represented by Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA. She has received grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts/Visible Republic Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the St. Botolph Foundation, the Higgins School of Humanities at Clark University, and Boston Sister City Travel, among others. Her work has been published in several books including Mammals in Contemporary Art, The Art of Lovemaking and Yellow Silk: Erotic Arts and Letters. Crocker’s art was also selected for inclusion in Volume #50 of New American Paintings. Artist residencies include Burren College of Art in Ireland, Nantucket School of Design & the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Professor Crocker’s courses include all levels of Drawing and Painting, Studio Topics (a senior seminar), Senior Thesis, and Sense of Place (a drawing class using the city of Worcester as studio and subject).

Selected Exhibitions

Professor Crocker has exhibited at the following:

Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska
Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
Boston Center for the Arts
Bromfield Gallery (Boston)
New Art Center (Newton, MA)
Bunting Institute (Cambridge, MA)
Wheaton College
Boston Architectural Center
University of Massachusetts (Amherst and Boston)
Worcester Art Museum, Fletcher/Priest Gallery (Worcester, MA)
Corvallis Art Center (Corvallis, OR)
Weir Gallery (Berkeley, CA)
La Laterie Gallerie and Old City Hall (Strasbourg, France)