Jan Groover died on the first of January 2012. She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1943.
Known particularly for her luminous still lifes, Jan Groover has achieved a reputation among viewers, critics and collectors for her contribution to contemporary fine-art photography. Groover's early photographs - close-up and larger than life - brought critical acclaim and popularity, and although her work has become increasingly complex she continues to use ordinary household utensils and other everyday objects.
She received her BFA in 1965 from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and her MA from Ohio State University in 1970. Her work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is also the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.