Eleanor currently resides in Detroit, Michigan. She is the founder of Darkroom Detroit and Assistant Professor of Photography at the College for Creative Studies.



Stanford University, MFA Art Practice, 2014.
Princeton University, BA Visual Arts + Art History, 2007.



Edition 18, Simone de Sousa Gallery, Detroit, MI, 2018.

Uncertain Times, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2018.

Community, Playground Detroit, Detroit, MI, 2017.

An Annual Affair, Frontrunner Collective, New York, NY, 2017.

Round in Circles, N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI, 2017.

Public Art Project, Graffiti Wanted, 849 Henry St, Detroit, MI, 2016.

Solo Exhibition, Residual Loop, Tyler Wood Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2015.

Hidden Rooms, International Festival of Video + Performance Art, Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy, 2014.

Half Tilt Full Lean, Thomas Welton Gallery, Stanford, CA, 2014.

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, 2013.

25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers, Gulf and Western Gallery, New York, NY, 2008.

Group Show, Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2008.

Cragsmoor Historical Society, Cragsmoor, New York, 2007. 

The Premiere of Emerging Talent, Merrill Lynch, New York, NY, 2007.

Cragsmoor, Lucas Gallery, Princeton, NJ, 2007.



Ponyride Detroit Applebaum Emerging Artist Resident, 2015 - 2016.

The Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Competition Honorable Mention, 2015.

Dave Bown Selected Artist, 2014.

Anita Squires Fowler Award, Stanford University, 2014.

Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards, 2013.

Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, 2012.

25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers, 
Center for Documentary Studies and powerHouse Books, 2007.

Francis LeMoyne Page Visual Arts Award, Princeton University, 2007. 

Lawrence P. Wolfen 1987 Award, Princeton University, 2006.


Selected Publications + Press

MLive, "Public Art Project Encourages Graffiti on Wall Near Downtown Detroit," by Tanya Moutzalias. Online. June 2016.

The Detroit News, "Photographer Seeks Graffiti for Art Project, by Stephanie Steinberg. Online. May 2016.

Playground Detroit, "Graffiti Wanted: A Public Art Project in Detroit from Artist Eleanor Oakes." Online. April 2016.

Infinite Mile, "Detroit in Piles," by Eleanor Oakes.  Online. February, 2016.

Art Practical, “Review: Eleanor Oakes,” by Anton Stuebner. Online. May, 2015.

It’s Liquid, “Interview: Eleanor Oakes,” by Luca Curci.  Online. Jan, 2014. 

Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2012. Toronto, Ontario: Magenta Publishing for the Arts, 2012. 

25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers, Vol. 2.  
Brooklyn, New York: powerHouse Books and the Center for Documentary Studies, 2008.

Ebbing Borders, Flowing Lives: Articulating Reality in a Northeastern Megalopolis. Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2006.