Amy Franceschini Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

CCA visiting faculty member Amy Franceschini is the recipient of a prestigious 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Last week the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation released the results of its eighty-sixth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Franceschini’s Fellowship was awarded in the creative arts category, with fine arts as the designated field of study.

The Foundation awarded 180 fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars selected from a group of some 3,000 applicants. Two CCA faculty members are among the 2010 Fellows; John Zurier, eminent adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts and undergraduate Painting/Drawing, also was awarded a fellowship.

About Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini is currently a visiting faculty member at CCA in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts and at Stanford University. She is concerned with notions of community, sustainable environment, and the perceived conflict between humans and nature. Her work manifests itself on- and offline in the form of dynamic websites, installations, open-access laboratories, and educational formats that challenge the cultural, social, and economic systems we live in.

Amy founded Futurefarmers in 1995 and Free Soil in 2004. Her solo and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has received the Artadia Award, the Eureka Fellowship, Cultural Innovation Award, Creative Capital Award, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's SECA Art Award.

She studied graphic design at CCA as an undergraduate, taking courses with Graphic Design assistant professor Bob Aufuldish and Graduate Program in Design adjunct professor David Karam, the latter of whom she also did an internship with at his Post Tool design studio in San Francisco. She holds a BFA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Stanford University.