Eli Hill

Eli Hill (he/they) is an artist living and working in Queens, NY. He is originally from a working-class family in Port Huron, Michigan. He has a BFA from The Cooper Union (full-tuition scholarship) and an MFA from Rutgers University (full-tuition scholarship). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2019.

He has exhibited his work internationally in group exhibitions, including Haus der Kunst, The Miami Art Museum, and galleries such as 56 HENRY, Harkawik, Olympia, and 41 Cooper. His solo exhibitions include Palo Gallery, Mason Gross Galleries, ZH Projects, and 41 Cooper. His fifth solo exhibition is forthcoming with Harkawik in January of 2023.

He is the recipient of a 2021 Youngarts microgrant and a 2020 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for his mixture of figurative painting and archival research. In 2021, his one-bug drag play was commissioned for Skowhegan’s 75th-anniversary block party. He graduated with high honors from the Cooper Union and recieved the Most Deserving Third-Year and Excellence in Drawing awards. He was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Presidential Scholar in the Arts award in 2013 and a national YoungArts Winner.

He has written extensively on contemporary art, artists’ books, art history, and art education. His writing can be found in Artsy, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Hoosac Institute Journal, among other publications.

Hill is a dedicated educator. He has instructed for The Queens Museum, The Children’s Museum of New York, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is a Part-time Lecturer of Painting and Drawing at Rutgers University.

In addition to art-making and educating, Hill works as an NYC Parks steward and volunteer for Trans Lifeline. He is active in the Library Science field, contributing scholarship on art archives and library accessibility for transgender patrons.


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