Carol Mode was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received her BFA degree in Painting at Washington University.

She began her painting career in Italy, where she and her husband, art historian Robert Mode, lived for a year in Venice on a Fulbright Fellowship. Her first invitation to exhibit was while living in Italy.

After moving to Nashville, she worked as Associate Education Department Director, teaching, volunteer director, for Cheekwood Museum of Art. She was offered position as painting instructor in 1989 in the Art Department at Belmont University and taught for five years. She resigned when she was invited to be Artist in Residence by the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland for a 9 month residency. Following her return, Mode was invited by the American Academy in Rome, Italy as a Visiting Artist. Each year thereafter, she was invited first by the Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico, and then the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming as Artist in Residence.

Carol’s work has been curated twice for publication in “New American Paintings”, an annual juried art periodical. She has been curated into hundreds of exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad and is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and Tinney Contemporary in Nashville, TN. Carol has had over 20 solo exhibitions. At Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta in 2009, Mode’s solo exhibition “Kaleidoscapes” opened. In May 2014, Carol’s solo exhibition called “Continuum” opened at Tinney Contemporary where she continues to show her work with another solo exhibition in 2018, “Sequences”, at Tinney Contemporary. Currently in 2020, she has been invited to show in “20 in 2020” at Lequire Gallery in Nashville. Carol’s paintings are in collections across the country and abroad. Recently, a major work was purchased by ‘FirstBank’ for their new collection. She has completed two major commissions, one commissioned for the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and the other commissioned for Bass Berry and Sims Law Firm in the Pinnacle Building in Nashville.