|Birth name||Amy M. Franceschini|
|Born||September 9, 1970
|Field||drawing, painting, sculpture, film, and performance|
|Training||San Francisco State University, Stanford University|
|Movement||Net art, Eco art|
|Awards||SECA Art Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2006, Artadia Award from The Fund for Art and Dialog 2005, Golden Nica from Ars Electronica 2001|
Amy Franceschini (born 1970, in Patterson, California) is a contemporary American artist and designer. Her practice spans a broad range of media including drawing, sculpture, design, net art, public art and gardening. She is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Mills College in Oakland, California.
Life and work
Franceschini founded Futurefarmers in 1995 as a way to bring together multidisciplinary artists. Through Futurefarmers she has collaborated with a number of artists, including Sascha Merg, Josh On. She teaches courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute
Franceschini's work often takes a visual approach to articulating perceived conflicts between humans and nature, and the individual to a community. She works both as an artist as well as a designer. In 2010 she co-authored (with Daniel Tucker) the book "Farm Together Now: A portrait of people, places and ideas for a new food movement" for Chronicle Books which features interviews and photos essays (by Anne Hamersky) with politically engaged farmers across the United States.
In 2005 she was part of the "SAFE: Design takes on risk" exhibition at MoMA, showing the work Homeland Security Blanket (made with Michael Swaine). In 2006 she participated in the SECA Art Award exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has also exhibited at the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul Turkey, ZKM, Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe Germany, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California and Gallery 16 in San Francisco, California.
- Free Soil
- Martha Bayne, "The Chicago Reader" 12/1/10
- Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, Oct 30, 2005.
- Sean Dodson, The Guardian, Thursday March 21, 2002.
- Official Website
- Victory Gardens project
- On KQED's Spark program
- GreenMuseum.org's website
- Article on her SFMOMA show from WorldChanging.org
- SFMOMA SECA award site
- Farm Together Now official website and blog