(b. 1971, Pakistan)


Education

MFA, California State University, Fullerton, California

BFA, Indus Valley School Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan

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


Awards and Honors

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

6th Louisiana National Biennial Award: Possible Impossible Worlds. LATECH School of Art and Design, Louisiana

Michael Tomassoni Artist Accessibility Award, Smithsonian Affiliation: Annmarie Sculpture Garden and

Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland

Shortlisted, Alpine Fellowship Visual Art Prize 

Finalist Photography Competition, Dek Unu Magazine, Florida

Artist's Passion for Art and Culture Recognized. CSUF News

Winner of International Understanding Award, California State University, Fullerton, California

Winner of William G. Pollock Award, California State University, Fullerton, California

Winner of Alberta Lambert Award, California State University, Fullerton, California

Graduate Scholarship Award, California State University, Fullerton, California

Winner of the Prospects for Change Award, California State University, Fullerton, California

Book Scholarship, California State University, Fullerton

Jury Panelist

Impact Project Grant, California Arts Council Grants, California

Ontario Arts Council Artists Grants, Toronto, Canada


Solo Show and Artist Talk

2022 Art San Diego 22: Contemporary Art and Design Fair/ Redwood Art, Solo Booth;

San Diego Convention Center, CA

2010 The Synergy of Space, Degree Solo, Leo Freedman Gallery, California State University Fullerton, CA

2009 Refracted Memoirs Solo Show, Artist Talk. Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Selected Exhibitions

2023 (Forthcoming) I AM YOU: Individual and Collective Identities in Contemporary Art and Design, 

XIV Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy

2023 (Forthcoming) Shanghai International Art Fair 3rd Edition. The National Exhibition and Convention Center and Yangtze River Delta International Industries Expo. Government of China, Shanghai, China

2022-2023 Chaffey Museum of Art in collaboration w/Ontario Airport Art Exhibit Terminal 4, California, CA

2022 Beyond the Decorative. Curator Adam Sobolick.Great Park Art Gallery, CA

2022  Art San Diego 22: Contemporary Art and Design Fair/ Redwood Art, Solo Booth Platform; 

San Diego Convention Center, CA

2022 FAM’s Mini Masterpieces. Exhibition and Art Auction. Freeport Art Museum, IL

2022 Future Places, Juror: Dr. Julie Wosk. 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lobby Gallery, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

2022 Evenings of the Brain, Leo Freeman Gallery, California State University Fullerton

Curator: The Nguyen, California State University, CA

2022 Watery Wonders. Photography, Juror: Michele McCormick, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 

Carmichael, CA 

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

2022 World Art Day Untitled Virtual Show. UNESCO, IAA/USA-International Association of Art, USA

2022  Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion. Smithsonian Affiliation: Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland. Juror: Scott Andresen, LSU College of Art +Design. Baton Rouge, LA

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

2022 6th Louisiana Biennial: Possible Impossible Worlds. National Juried Exhibition. The School of Design Art Gallery, Louisiana Tech University of Design. Juror: Rebecca Hart, Independent Curator and Department Head at Detroit Institute of Arts, Curator and Department Head of the Denver Art Museum 

2021 Eternal Feminine/Eternal Change: Concepts of Femininity in Contemporary Art and Design. 

XIII Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence,Italy

2021 Viridian's 31st Annual Juried Competition. 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, The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles. Juror: Sunook 

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

2021 Borders: Future Landscapes. The Room Contemporary. Italian-German Cultural Association. Venice International Art Fair, Venice, Italy

2021 SMFA Art Show. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Jurors: Katie Block: Director,Curatorial Committee DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Atsu Gunther, Atsu Gunther Design and Craig Tevolitz at Platemark Design. Hadley Powell at Powell Fine Art Advisory and Former Researcher of Prints at Christie’s. 

2021 Anthropocene Epiphany: Art and Climate Change. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.  Juror, Erika Hirugami, Executive Director of Art Historians of Southern California, California 

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

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

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

2011 Art Of Our Century. Kimball Art Center. Juror: Erin Linder, Director of Exhibitions at the UVU Woodbury 

Art Museum, UT

2011  Big Draw Little Draw. Abecedarian Gallery.  Denver, Colorado. Juror: Dr. Gwen Chanzitat at Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2011 Cathartic Art: Remembering September 11th. West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, Louisiana. Curator:  Lauren Davis

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

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

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

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


Art Instruction/ Lecturer

Life Drawing Faculty, California State University Fullerton,California

Master Artist, Mixed Media Painting, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Washington

Painting Instructor, Hope Center for the Arts, California

En plein air Painting, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

Foundation Program, Drawing, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan


Courses attended and Artist Affiliations

Phi Kappa Phi, Invitational Member, National Honor Society, USA

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Expressionistic Forms with Peter Callas, CA

Art discussions via Zoom meetings, Artist Guild of San Diego Museum of Art, CA

IAA/USA Member-International Association of Art, USA

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

Digital Design Course/Surface Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

Digital Photography, California Center for Digital Art, CA

Art Psychotherapy workshop, Loyola Marymount University, L.A., CA


Selected Exhibition Catalogues

Exhibition Catalogue, 21st Japan International Art Exchange / The USA Exhibition,The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan, 2022

Exhibition Catalogue, Eternal Feminine/Eternal Change: Concepts of Femininity in Contemporary Art and 

Design, XIII Florence Biennale, Italy 2021


Press/Reviews

Brackett, Donald. (Ed.). (2022, May 26). Otherworldly: The haunting icons of Fatima Franks

https://www.criticsatlarge.ca/2022/05/otherworldly-haunting-icons-of-fatima.html 

Valdés, C. (Ed.).(2022, May 30). Fatima J. Franks. Widewalls.

LA Times.(Ed.). (2021, July 22). Art that points toward a sustainable future in the middle of a climate crisis. Los Angeles Times. Daily Pilot

Wright, R. (Ed.). (2022,July 7). The Nuances of Femininity and Subverting the Portrayal of Women:

Visionary Art of Fatima Franks. Art and Culture: South Coast Magazine of the California

Riviera 

Editorial (Ed.).( 2021, Nov 20). Fatima Jamil Franks: Fragmentary essence within threads of a culture.Art Market Magazine for Contemporary Fine Art.

Review, P. (n.d.). Fatima Franks. Pigeon Review. An Art and Literary Journal.

Editorial (Ed.). (2022, June 1st) Art Market Magazine, June 2022 Issue #71.  Special Edition | Dedicated Solely to Digital Art, Illustrations, and NFT.

Editorial (Ed.) (2022 June 27th) Artists Interviews. Fatima Franks-mAO. Al-tiba9 Contemporary Art. Al-Tiba9

Goldner, Liz. (Ed.). (n.d.). Artist Review. USA Art News: Events and Trends of the United States Arts and Culture Magazine. *forthcoming

Walker, Sylvia. (Ed.). (2022,June 14). Artist Spotlight. mAO/Fatima Franks. CAI. Contemporary Art Issue.

Kortrijk, Belgium https://www.contemporaryartissue.com/artists/ 

Joshi, G. (E.d). Art Seen: The Curator’s Salon Magazine. Issue # August 2022

Editorial (Ed.) (n.d.) Studio Visit Magazine, Published by New American Paintings

Vol. 51 & 52.

Editorial (Ed.) (n.d.) Floorr Magazine Online and Print. Fatima Franks. Virtual Exh.London 

Editorial (Ed.) (2022, Oct 9).L.A.s Most Inspiring Stories:Conversations with Fatima. Voyage L.A.Magazine, CA  

Mallinson, Constance. (n.d.) Beyond the Decorative Exhibition. Essay: Constance Mallinson 

Wright, R (Ed.). America’s Socio-Political Artist Fatima Franks is Making Waves. Art and Culture: 

South Coast Magazine of the California Riviera


Documentary

Swenson, Eric. (n.d.) Artist Documentary. Fatima Jamil Franks: by EMS Films. by Eric Minh Swenson Art Films*forthcoming


Permanent Collections

Chairman Katsu Shimmin, Japan International Art and Cultural Exchange 

University of Wyoming Art Museum