Francene Christianson

Francene Christianson

Francene Christianson graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in Art. Her career in advertising and graphic design included art direction for several creative agencies in New York and Los Angeles, including Ogilvy & Mather and Grey Advertising.  After her commercial career, she returned to fine art. Her figures, landscapes and commissioned works have been placed in private collections across the country.

Education

California State University, Long Beach, Bachelor of Arts, 1981

Francene Christianson’s career in advertising and graphic design includes art direction for several creative agencies in New York and Los Angeles. In 2005, she returned to fine art.  Her figures, landscapes, and commissioned works have appeared and sold in galleries in the Twin Cities, Dallas, Napa and Los Angeles, and her paintings have been placed in private collections across the country. She currently lives in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, where she has a studio in the Trinity Groves area of Dallas now known as the Tin District.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Life’s Landscape, The Commons, Excelsior, MN

2013 We Whizzed Past Twinkling Sun and Lollipop Smiles, Larson Art Gallery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Common Ground, The Commons, Excelsior, MN

2011 Traveling Through Passing Views, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN

2009 Passing Views, Memories of the Road, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

Selected Two Person Exhibitions

2016 Fluid Forms, The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN

2013 Reflections, Gallery One at TractorWorks, Minneapolis, MN

2008 Stimulus Visual, CorAzon, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Roadside USA, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, AZ

Gallery Show, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Fall Open Studios, Continental Gin Building, Dallas, TX

Spring Open Studios, Continental Gin Building, Dallas, TX

2017 Fall Open Studios, Continental Gin Building, Dallas, TX

2016 An Exhibition of New Work by Gallery Artists, Doug Flanders and Associates, Minneapolis, MN

2015 Wintertide: Juried Biennial Exhibit, curated by Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association,

Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN (catalog)

The Art of the Garden, Juried Show, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

15 Years! A Figurative Exhibition, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN

2014 The Grand Bazaar, The Grand Hand, Napa, CA

Juried Figure Show, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

Art-A-Whirl, Open Studio Tour, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

2013 Travelogue: 4 Women Artists, Gallery One at BMW, Minnetonka, MN

Art-A-Whirl, Open Studio Tour, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

2012 It's All Relative, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN,

Art-A-Whirl, Open Studio Tour, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

2011 Members Juried Show, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

Art-A-Whirl, Open Studio Tour, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

2010 Foot In The Door 4 Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Invitational Landscape Exhibit, The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Art-A-Whirl, Open Studio Tour, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

Members Juried Exhibition, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

2009 Minneapolis Foundation Juried Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Made, Group Gallery Exhibition, The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Art-A-Whirl, Open Studio Tour, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

2008 Art-A-Whirl, WARM Exhibition, Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN

Juried Exhibition, Wilcock Gallery, Excelsior, MN

The Fine Arts Show, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

Members Juried Exhibition, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN

2007 Members Juried Exhibition, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

Members Juried Exhibition, Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins, MN

Press, Links, Media

Voyage Dallas Magazine, January 16, 2020, http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-francene-christianson-francene-christianson-west-dallas/

Dallas Morning News GuideLive, https://www.guidelive.com/things-to-do/299423/continental-gin-building-fall-open-studios

Lake Minnetonka Magazine, January 2017, Christie Denson, http://lakeminnetonkamag.com/meet-artist-francene-christianson

Mary Abbe Review, Star Tribune January 29, 2015  http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts

Twin Cities Daily Planet May 19, 2013 http:www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/patrice/polaroid-moments-post-brady-world

Minnesota Women's Press June 2011 http://eedition.womenspress.com

Lake Minnetonka Magazine, December 2010, Pat O’Brien, “Dream Believer, Francene Christianson paints her past into sharp focus”

Minnesota Public Radio http://minnesota.publicradio.org

The Grand Hand Gallery http://thegrandhand.com/artists-by-media/paintings/francene-christianson

Awards

Honorable Mention, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Student Show, Minnetonka, MN, 2011

Honorable Mention, New Camper, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Members Juried Exhibition, 2010

Best in Show, The Road Trip, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Members Juried Exhibition, 2008

John Caples International Award, 1993

Los Angeles Art Directors Club Award, 1985

Best in the West Award, 1984

New York Art Directors Club Award, 1984

 

 

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