Fatima J Franks

(b. 1971, Pakistan)


Digital Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

Masters of Fine Arts, Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, California State University, Fullerton, California

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Painting Drawing, Indus Valley School Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan

Awards and Merits:

2021 Lorenzo IL Magnifico, XIII Florence Biennale: International Award for New Media in Contemporary Art, Fortezza da Basso, Florence Italy

2010-2021 Member Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, USA

2010 International Understanding Award, California State University, Fullerton

2010 Winner of the William G. Pollock award, California State University, Fullerton

2010 Winner of the Alberta Lambert award, California State University, Fullerton

2009 Winner of the Prospects for Change award, California State University, Fullerton

2005 Jury Panelist: Ontario Arts Council Artists Grants, Toronto, Canada

Art Instruction:

2021-2022 Mixed Media Instructor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington 

2017-2022 Art Instructor, Hope Center For The Arts, Irvine, California

2007-2011 Painting and Drawing Teaching Associate, California State University, Fullerton, California

2005-2006 Plein-air Painting, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Barrie, Toronto, Canada

1998-2000 Foundation Studies, Drawing, Life Drawing and Painting, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan

Workshops, Courses and Artist Affiliations:

2021 Artist Guild Meeting and Art Discussion, San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild

2021 Licensing Art and Earning Royalties, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

2018 Digital DSLR Photography, California Center for Digital Art

2016 Art Psychotherapy, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Selected Exhibitions:

2022 (Forth coming) The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 21st Japan International Art Exchange / The USA Exhibition. Curator: Julienne Johnson. Tokyo, Japan 

2022  (Forth coming) 6th Louisiana Biennial. Louisiana Tech University of Design. National Juried Exhibition.

Juror: Rebecca Hart, Curator, Denver Art Museum 

2022  Drama: Story-Telling in Art. The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Curator: Ziying Duan, Orange County Museum of Art, California

2021 XIII Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence. Eternal Feminine/Eternal Change: Concepts of Femininity in Contemporary Art and Design, Florence, Italy

2021 Viridian's 31st Annual Juried Exhibition. Juror: Susan Harris, Contemporary Art Critic, The Brooklyn Rail, ARTnews, Art in America. New York, NY

2021 Contemporary Venice, The Secret Garden, Chiesa dell’Abbazia della Misericordia, Misericordia Archives

Cannaregio, Venice, Italy

2021 Reflection, Launch LA Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Korean Cultural Center, LA. Juror: Sunook 

Park: ANDLAB. Terrell Tilford: Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, Los Angeles, California

2021 Borders: Future Landscapes, Italian-German Cultural Association, at The Room-Contemporary

Art Space, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello. Curator: Luca Curci. Venice International Art Fair, Venice, Italy

2021 School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Tufts University: SMFA Art Show. Juror: Katie Block: Director, Miller Block Gallery, Curatorial Committee DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Juror: Atsu Gunther, Antsu Gunther Design. Juror: Craig Tevolitz, Platemark Design. Juror: Hadley Powell: Powell Fine Art  Advisory, Former Researcher of Prints at Christie’s. Boston, Massachusetts

2021 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art: OCCCA: Anthropocene Epiphany: Art and Climate 

Change. Juror: Erika Hirugami: Executive Director of Art Historians of Southern California, California 

2016 Orange Coast College, Cover Art: Orange Coast Review, Book Signing and Art Show. Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Costa Mesa, California

2015 Leo Freedman Gallery, Photic Reflections. Juror: The Nguyen: Prof. PrintmakingCalifornia State University, Fullerton, California

2014 Leo Freedman Gallery, You Shall be Judged. Juror: The Nguyen: Prof. Printmaking, California State University, Fullerton, California

2012 Phoenix Gallery, Bound, Guerilla Gowns. Curator: Cora Rosevear, MoMA, New York, NY
2011 Kimball Art Center, Art Of Our Century, Juror: Erin Linder, Director of Exhibitions: UVU, Woodbury 

Art Museum, Utah

2011  Abecedarian Gallery, Big Draw Little Draw.  Curator: Dr. Gwen Chanzitat: Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
2011 West Baton Rouge Museum, Cathartic Art: Remembering September 11th.Curator: Lauren Davis, Port Allen, Louisiana

2011 Masur Museum of Art, 48th Annual Juried Competition. Monroe, Louisiana

2010 Contemporary Art Center, Lines of Confrontation: Calligraphic artwork w/ Saira Wasim. Curator: Justine Ludwig, Cincinnati, Ohio

2010 Riverside Art Museum-Off the Wall. Riverside, California

2010 Brea Art Gallery, Made in California. Curator: Grace Kook-Anderson, Laguna Art Museum, California   

Artist Residencies:   

2023 (Forthcoming April) The AARK (Archipelago Art Residency)  Korpo, Finland

2022 (Forthcoming Sept) Joya: AiR, Joya:arte+ecología/AiR La Hoya de Carrascal, Vélez-Blanco, Almería, Spain