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Carol Mode received her BFA at Washington University, worked for Cheekwood Museum of Art early in her career, and then taught at Belmont University before focusing solely on her painting. Mode has received artist residencies from the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland; the Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico; the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming; and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.

Over the years Mode has exhibited her work internationally in Switzerland, Italy and the United States. She has been curated into numerous museum exhibitions including: “The Fragile Species” at the Frist Center for Visual Art; “Brooks Perspectives” at the Memphis Brooks Museum; “A Century of Progress: Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee” which traveled to five regional museums; and at The Watertower Museum in Louisville KY.

As well as museum exhibitions Mode has been in many solo and group shows.  She has shown at Frontstore Gallery in Basel, Switzerland; the Contemporary Art & Performance space in San Jose, California; the Leu Gallery at Belmont University; made a major installation for the Nashville International Airport; and exhibited at the Temporary/Contemporary Gallery at Cheekwood Museum of Art.

Carol Mode's work has been selected twice for publication in “New American Paintings” and has been awarded and repeatedly exhibited by SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference). She serves on the Artist Council of the Frist Center of Visual Art and the Board of the Fugitive Projects.


Washington University, St. Louis, MO  BFA


Washington University, Graduate Summer Institute
American Academy in Rome
Christoph Merian, FoundationBasel, Switzerland
Ucross Foundation, Wyoming
Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico


2002    SECAC 2002 Members Exhibition, Juried, First Prize, Mobile, AL
2001    The Best of Tennessee Art, The Tennessee State Museum,  Juried,  Cash Award
2001    Open Studios Southern Competition for Painters, Selected, New American Paintings,
            Juror: Clare Bell/Guggenheim Museum
1999    Open Studios Southern Competition for Painters, Selected, New American Paintings, 
            Juror: Clare Bell/Guggenheim Museum
1999    Ucross Foundation, Artist Residency, Clearmont, Wyoming
1999    National Finalist Competition, Nashville Public Library designed by Robert A.M. Stern
1998    Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Artist Residency, Taos, New Mexico
1997    American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist
1996    Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship
1995    Christoph Merian Foundation - Internationale Austausch Ateliers, Basel, Switzerland, 
            Artist Residency                                                                      
1988    21st Bradley National Print & Drawing Biennial Purchase Award, Bradley University, 
1984    1984 Mid-America BiennialPurchase Award, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, 


2009    Kaleidoscapes, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2006    Suspended– Carlos Art
            Gallery, Nabit Building, U. of the South, Sewanee, TN 2006    Notions of Multiplicity – Leu
            Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN 2005    Three Paths to Abstraction: Pinkney
            Herbert, Carol Mode, Whitney Leland; Curators: Sam Yates, Ewing Gallery, U of TN, 
            Knoxville and Joseph Mella, Vanderbilt U, Nashville. Traveling Knoxville, Nashville, 
            Memphis and Lynchburg, VA
            Pulse  - Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN    
2004    Carol Mode, WaterTower Museum, juried, Louisville, KY        
2003    Mode at Suntrust Plaza exhibition, Atlanta, GA
2001    Floaters  - Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2000    Reverberations  - St. Andrews Sewanee Gallery   Sewanee, TN
2000     Air Layers  - Cumberland Gallery Nashville, TN
1999     Blue: Signs & Symbols  - Temporary/Contemporary Gallery - Cheekwood Museum of
1998    Flying Solo: Carol Mode  - Nashville International Airport/Site Specific Wall Installation
1998    Flying Solo: Carol Mode   - The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1995     Atelier 1995: Paintings of Carol Mode  - Christoph Merian Foundation/IAAB, Basel
1995    New Work - Cumberland Gallery - Nashville, TN
1991    New Paintings - Cumberland Gallery - Nashville, TN
1988    Recent Paintings  - Juried Exhibition - Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery Nashville, TN
1987    New Work - Cumberland Gallery - Nashville, TN
1985    Transfigurations - Cheekwood Fine Arts Museum - Nashville, TN
1982    Recent Paintings - Cumberland Gallery - Nashville, TN
1978    Airlayers: - Fine Arts Gallery - Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN


2013    Nashville Music City Center Art Collection, Music City Center, Nashville, TN
2012    The Art of Community: Janet & Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, FirstBank, 
2012    Today’s Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look, Curator: Donan Klooz, 
            Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
2009     Tennessee Abstract Painters, Curator: Adam McCoy, Cheekwood Museum of Art, 
            Nashville, TN
2005    The Fragile Species: New Art Nashville, Curator: Mark Scala, Curator American Art,    
            Frist Center for Visual Art, Nashville, TN
2002    A Century Of Progress: Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee,
             Curator: Celia Walker, Senior Curator of American Art, Traveling Exhibition Five regional
            museums/ two years                                                                             
2001    Brooks Perspectives – Invited/Mid-South Region, Curator: Sam Gappmayer, Director of
            The Contemporary, Atlanta, The Memphis Brooks Museum
2001    Best of Tennessee Art – Curator: John Buchanan Jr., Director of The Portland Art Museum
1999    Tennessean 2000 Collection, Twelve Artists Selected Touring Tennessee two years  
1998    Touch: Process & Revision – Works/San Jose Contemporary Art & Performance Invitational
1993    Ms.Represented: National Women Artists Invitational, Trahern Gallery, APSU State
1993    Abstracted from Life: Organic Abstraction – Five Person Traveling Invitational, Delta Axis
            Gallery, Memphis and  MTSU  Art Gallery,  Murfreesboro, TN     
1991    Regional Selections: Defining Ideas – Seven State Invitational, Arrowmont School of Art
1990    Nashville Currents: Twelve Nashville Artists, Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, 
            University of TN, Knoxville        
1988    FourXFour – Four Women Artists – 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Center, Vanderbilt U.  
1971    Arte Americana Contemporanea– Seven American Artists Living in Italy, Galleria Giorgi, 
            Florence, Italy                               


2008    SECAC juried Members Exhibition, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2006    SECAC/MACAA Juried Exhibition, Juror: Eleanor Heartney, The Parthenon, Nashville, TN
2006    12 x 12, Juror: Mark Scala, Curator/Frist Center for Visual Art, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2002    SECAC 2002 5th Annual Members’ Exhibition, Mobile, AL
2000    SECAC/MACAA Juried Exhibition – Allen R. Hite Art Institute/ U of Louisville
1998    Celebrating Tennessee Women Artists, Juror: Beth Wilson, National Museum of Women in
            the Arts, TN State Museum
1997    Florida National1997 Museum of Fine Arts, FLA State University, Tallahassee
1996    Dimensions ’95 – 31st Annual National Competition, Sawtooth Building Galleries, Winston
            Salem, NC
1993    From the Mountains to the Mississippi – Tennessee Womens’ Exhibition, Cheekwood Fine
            Arts Museum, Nashville
1988    21st Bradley National Print & Drawing Exhibition –Purchase Award, Bradley University
1986    50th National Annual Mid-Year Show- Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown
1986    Ten in Tennessee – Plus Nine, Traveling Museum Exhibition, NEA funded, Dulin Museum
            of Art, Knoxville, TN
1986    Tennessee: State of the Arts, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, 
1985    Clemson National Print & Drawing Exhibition – Lee Hall Gallery, Clemson
1984    Mid-America Biennial - Purchase Award, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art                  
1984    Critics Choice – Juried Exhibition with Symposium, Jurors: Ned Rivken, Howard Fox, 
            Michael Klein, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts/ UT/ Gatlinburg, TN                        
1984    Art South – Juried Biennial Exhibition, Memphis State University                                  
1983    47th Annual National Mid-Year Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, O       
1983    First Regional Juried Art Exhibition – Spartanburg Art Center, Spartanburg             
1983    Early Eighties Purchase Show – Purchase – Tennessee State Museum, Nashville           
1981     Eight State Annual Graphics Exhibition – J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville
1980    Tennessee Women Artists 1980 – Sponsored by SEWCA, Appalachian Center for Crafts


2005    The Fugitives, Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
2005    Member Show: CAA & MCA, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2003    Fugitive in Memphis: Eleven Nashville Artists, Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN
1999    Moving into the Millennium: Darkness - Gallery Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
1999    Flowers for the Opening, frontstore Gallery, St.Alban-Rheinweg 52, Basel,Switzerland
1998    Nashville International Airport Purchase Exhibition - Arts in the Airport
1997    Abstract Invitational, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville
1997    Insideout, Ciga Museum -  Philadelphia, PA; Susquehanna Art Museum - Harrisburg, PA
1996    Gallery Plus/Minus: Basel Artists: Group Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland
1996    Open Studio - Rundgang Durch Die Ateliers, Atelierhaus Arlesheim, Arlesheim, Switzerland
1994    South Central Bell, Commissioned painting for inaugural collection - invitational
1994    The Tennessee Twelve: Contemporary Painting Today
            Commissioned work for the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum
1991    Studio Art ‘91 - Nashville Environs Studio Faculty Exhibition, Metro Arts Commission, 
1990    Ten Year Retrospective: Group Exhibition, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville
1989    Sixth Annual Summer Lights Invitational Exhibition, Metropolitan Arts Commission, 
1989    Prints of the Eighties – Invitational, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville
1988    Black and White - Invitational Exhibition, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville
1986    Four Nashville Artists  - Invitational, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN
1985    Microwave- Invitational The Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
1983    Seven Nashville Area Visual Artists - Invitational
            Metropolitan Arts Commission and Commerce Union Bank, Nashville
1983    Dangerous Works – Invitational Cohen Memorial Art Gallery, Vanderbilt U, Nashville
1981    Mayday Invitational - Nontraditional Media, Cohen Memorial Art Gallery, Vanderbilt U
1981    Music City Biennial – Invitational, Cohen Memorial Art Gallery, Vanderbilt U, Nashville                     


The W Hotel, Chicago; The Chattanoogan Hotel; Nashville International Airport;  Tennessee State Museum;  Owensboro Museum of Fine Art;  NYNEX (Nationwide);   Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia;  Marriott Hotel, Nashville;  Paul Lillejord Collection, San Francisco;   John Lillejord Collection, Wisconsin;   Charles Cook Collection;  Kutak, Rock & Campbell Collection, Atlanta;  Bridgestone Tire Corporation;   Anne Warrick Collection;   Prince & Tanner,Inc.;  Trammell Crow Co.;   JDN Enterprises;   Equicor Corp.; Filmhouse Inc.; Lakecrest Inc.; Farris, Warfield & Kanaday;  BNA; Management 21;  Tanner Corporate Services;  Bradley University; Third National Bank; Hospital Corporation of America; Earl Swensson Associates;  South Central Bell;  Rick Oliver Collection;  Ted Feldman Collection;  Vanderbilt Hospital;  IDS (Interior Design Services) Inc.;  Pinkerton Tobacco Co;  Northern Telecom;  Bruce Gold Collection;   Wilson, Work, Fossett & Greer; Elizabeth Corker Collection, Chattanooga;  Harriet Jones Collection/London