Jan Groover (Jan Groover)

Jan Groover

Photographer. She used her old-style camera to turn common household objects into works of art. Raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, she originally studied painting and after earning her undergraduate degree from New York’s Pratt Institute in 1965 worked as an art teacher in her hometown before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State in 1968. Groover refined her art by experimenting with a variety of techniques then used a 1978 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant to buy a large format camera and began creating her quite recognizable platinum-palladium prints, mostly still lifes shot in her kitchen. Attracting increasing notice she made the cover of “Artform” magazine, published two anthologies, had her work exhibited at ever more important venues, and in 1987 was the subject of a one woman show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In 1991 Groover and her husband relocated to the southwestern French village of Montpon-Menesterol where she remained until her death following a protracted illness. She was showcased in a 1994 short documentary entitled “Jan Groover: Tilting as Space” and at her demise was represented in several museums including the MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Washington’s Corcoran Gallery. (bio by: Bob Hufford)


  • April, 24, 1943
  • USA


  • January, 01, 2012
  • France


    2653 profile views