Washington University, St. Louis, MO  BFA


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


Sandler Hudson Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia
Tinney Contemporary
Nashville, Tennessee


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 FinalistCompetition, 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 – InternationaleAustausch Ateliers, Basel,Switzerland, Artist Residency

1988    21st Bradley National Print & Drawing Biennial Purchase Award, Bradley University, Peoria,IL

1984    1984 Mid-America BiennialPurchase Award, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, KY


2018    Sequences, Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville, TN

2014    Continuum, Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville, TN

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

2005    Pulse  – Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

2004    Carol Mode, WaterTower Museum, juried, Louisville, KY

2003    Mode at Suntrust Plazaexhibition, 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/ContemporaryGallery – Cheekwood Museum of Art,

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


2020    20 in 2020,  Lequire Gallery, Nashville, TN

2019    Women of Abstraction, Tinny Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2014    Women of Abstraction, Monthaven Museum, Hendersonville, TN

2013    Nashville Music City Center Art Collection, Juried, Music City Center, Nashville, TN

2012    The Art of Community: Janet & Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, FirstBank, Nashville, TN

2012    Today’s Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look, Curator: DonanKlooz, 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 University

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, TN

1985    Clemson National Print & Drawing Exhibition – Lee Hall Gallery, Clemson University

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 – RundgangDurch Die Ateliers, AtelierhausArlesheim, 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, Nashville

1990    Ten Year Retrospective: Group Exhibition, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville

1989    Sixth Annual Summer Lights Invitational Exhibition, Metropolitan Arts Commission, Nashville

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


Artists Council Board, Frist Center for Visual Art
Fugitive Projects
Social Movement Gallery
Visual Artists Alliance of 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;  Aranjo Systems, Inc.;  Sarah Batchelet Collection: Zurich;  Christoph Merian Foundation Collection: Basel, Switzerland;  Park Hyatt, D.C.; John Silvestre, NYC; Heidi Lowenthal Collection; Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP Collection, Chicago; Alice Zimmerman Collection; Stephen and Robin Berger Collection, Chicago: Neiman Marcus, Charlotte, NC


  • David Maddox, Nashville Scene, December 21, “Best in Art”
  • Jonathan Marx, The Tennessean, November 26, “Carol Mode’s ‘Mental Maps’ on View at Leu”
  • Jean Hess, Art Papers, May/June 2006, “Pinkney Herbert, Whitney Leland, Carol Mode,
  • Jonathan Marx, Nashville Scene, Feb 6, 2006, “Three Paths to Abstraction”
  • Mark Price, ArtUS Magazine, Issue 11, Dec – Feb 2006 “Fragile Species”
  • Benjamin McKamey, Number 55 Winter 2006, “Three Paths to Abstraction”
  • David Hall, Number 54 Fall 2005, “The Fragile Species”
  • Mark Scala, Frist Center for Visual Art 2005 catalogue entry
  • Jerry Collum, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 2003, “Art Seen and Heard”
  • Susan Knowles, The Tennessee Historical Society, catalogue entry, 2002, “A Century of Progress: Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee”
  • Angela Wibking, The Nashville Scene, August 2002, “Painters’ Progress”
  • David Hall, Art Papers, January 2002
  • Tennessee State Museum & Tennessee Arts Commission, catalogue, 2001, “Best of Tennessee”
  • Alan Bostick, The Tennessean, October 2001, “Best of Tennessee”
  • Open Studios Press, Juried Exhibition in print,   # 34, July 2001, “New American Paintings”
  • SECAC/MACAA/, Juried Exhibition catalogue, Allen R. Hite Art Institute, U. of Louisville, 2000
  • Alan Bostick, The Tennessean, January 2000,  “Abstract 101: Cumberland show offers study in    Contrasts”
  • Open Studios Press, Juried Exhibition in print, # 22, July 1999, “New American Painting”
  • Terri Smith, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Temporary/Contemporary publication, 1999, “Blue:   Signs & Symbols”
  • Paul McLean, The Nashville Scene, October 1999, “Continued Silence”
  • Beth Wilson, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Tennessee State Museum, catalogue, 1998   “Celebrating Tennessee Women Artists”
  • Adrienne Outlaw, The Nashville Scene, July 1998, “It’s not loitering if you’re looking at      Art”
  • Alan Bostick, The Tennessean, July 1998,  “Nashville Airport gets high on Art”
  • Adrienne Outlaw, The Nashville Scene, July 1998,  “Travel Mode at the Airport”
  • David Ribar, The Nashville Scene, November 1998,  “Familiar Ways”
  • Jean Young, Florida National Coordinator, Exhibition catalogue, 1997, “Combined Talents”
  • Angela Wibking, Nashville Business Journal, February 1995,
  • Susan Knowles, The Nashville Scene, March 1995,  “Personal Statements”
  • Susan Chappell, The Nashville Banner, March 1994,  “Tennessee Twelve: Commissions add First to Museum Collection”
  • Christine Kreyling, The Nashville Scene, November 1987,  “Live & Learn”
  • Clara Hieronymus, The Tennessean, November 1987,  “Exhibit showcases two women”
  • Clara Hieronymus, The Tennessean, May 1985,  “Billboard Art: Nashville’s Carol Mode takes Turn at the Biggest Show in Town”
  • Susan Knowles, Cheekwood Museum of Art, publication, October 1985,  “Transfigurations”