Faculty Biography

Elli Crocker

Elli Crocker, M.F.A.

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

Phone: 508.793.8818
Email: ecrocker@clarku.edu

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Professor Crocker received a B.A. from Smith College in 1977 and an M.F.A. from Tufts University in 1981. She has been at Clark fulltime since 1994, and currently serves as program director for Studio Art, as well as director of the University Gallery.

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 which assumes new dimensions as we are ever more able to manipulate 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, where her work is exhibited annually. 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 two books, The Art of Lovemaking and Yellow Silk: Erotic Arts and Letters.

Professor Crocker’s courses have included Drawing and Painting (at all levels), Studio Topics (a senior seminar), Senior Thesis, and Sense of Place (a drawing class using the city of Worcester as studio and subject). She has also taught Environment and Culture (an interdisciplinary first-year seminar).

Selected Exhibitions

Professor Crocker has exhibited at the following:

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 (Strasbourg, France).