PMW GALLERY


FUNKE, FRANCINE
                 
AFTER THE RAIN #2  36 X 48"
acrylic on canvas
2010




SEASIDE #2   14 X 11"
acrylic on canvas
2010




SEASIDE #1   14 X 11"
acrylic on canvas
2010




Red Skyline    16 X 20"
acrylic on canvas
2009




Rainforest     38 x 41"
acrylic on canvas
2009




Birch Forest_Winter   22 x 18"
mixed media on paper
2011




Before the Storm   24 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
2010



 
After the Rain #2     36 x 48"
acrylic on canvas
2010




Central Park Triptych    18 x 57"
acrylic on canvas
2009





BIO

The art of Francine Funke ranges from large mixed media wall pieces and installations, to acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, to original drawings, to  3-dimensional works on paper—and to her Mechanical Botanical and Floral Phenomena Series called “Photographic Combines”.

 

Her signature pop-up chair sculptures, called “Dimensional Drawings”, were chosen by the legendary, Gene Moore, Director of Tiffany & Company, to be displayed in all five of their windows on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

 

Ms. Funke’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous major museums nationwide. Her installation, “Plumes”, which was part of her prominent "Fire Works" Series traveled to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Russell Senate Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where her exhibition was sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

 

Among her New York City gallery venues are exhibitions at the Barbara Braathen Gallery (solo), Walter Wickiser Gallery (solo), Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, Phyllis Weil Gallery, and solo exhibitions at the PMW Gallery, the Stamford Center for the Arts, and the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford,CT.

 

Her paintings have been included in shows at the Aldrich Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Dowling College Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, California State University Art Museum, Discovery Museum, Bruce Museum, The University of Massachusetts, Rutgers University, the Cambridge, MA Multicultural Arts Center,and the Contemporary Art Gallery of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.

Most recently three of her works were chosen by Bill Arning, Curator of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center and former curator of White Columns in NYC, for inclusion in the Housatonic Museum’s juried show.

 

Reviews of her exhibitions have appeared in Artnews, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Art Now, Splash Magazine, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Times, Art, New England, Palm Beach Post, The NY Daily News, the Scottsdale Daily Progress, and Times/Mirror Newspapers.

 

Francine’s artwork is in the collections of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Agnes Gund, Chairperson of the Museum of Modern Art, Dana Tyler, anchor at CBS News, Mr. Kent Logan, The Aldrich Museum, the Phoenix Insurance Company, Prudential Bach Securities, the Tully Health Center in Stamford, CT, the General Electric Corporation, and Vertrue Corporation.

 

Her book, ON FIRE, poem and paintings, is in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

Her artwork included in New York City's Pen & Brush Gallery in an exhibition entitled, "In the News" which was curated by Morley Safer of 60 Minutes fame. Her 32 foot mural entitled, “Cultural Symbols of the Sea”, hangs iin the media center of The International School at Rogers Magnet in Stamford, CT. Two works from her "Mechanical Botanical" Series were included in the Center for Contemporary Printmaking's International Miniature Print Exhibition, 2009.

 

Francine Funke received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University School of Art, Architecture, and Planning, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Hunter College in NYC. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.



HIGHLIGHTS & SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2010       Flower Power, July, Solo show, Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT

2007       Unveiling of “Cultural Symbols of the Sea” 3-dimensional mural, International School at Rogers Magnet, Stamford, CT

2006       Troy Fine Art, Stamford, CT.  “Lost and Found Series”

2001       Stamford Center for the Arts, Rich Forum, “ON FIRE”

1995       Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona. “Plumes”.

                Russell Senate Rotunda, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman

                Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York City, SIZZLES

1994       Museum of Art,Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “Plumes, Kuwaiti Oil Field Fires

1991       PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT. “Fire Works”

1989       Tiffany and Company’s Windows, Fifth Avenue, NY, “Dimensional Drawings”

                Barbara Braathen Gallery, New York “ “New Work”

 

 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011       General Electric Headquarters, Fairfield, CT. "Kaleidoscope: Variance In Views….Empowering You

2010       Botanical Dreams & Nightmares, Gallery of Contemp. Art, Sacred Heart Univ. Curated by Ciynthia Roznoy

2010       Art in Public Spaces: "Reigning Cats and Dogs", Stamford, CT.

2009       Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, 20th Anniversary Invitational, Curated by Sophia Geves, Director.

2009       Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 7th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Juror, Lisa Hodermarsky, Yale Univ.

2009       George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Art Connections 5, Curated by Patricia Selden

2008       Pen & Brush Gallery, New York City, "In the News" curated by Morley Safer of 60 Minutes

                Faber Birren International Color Exhibition, Stamford, CT. Curated by Nora Rockwell Lawrence, Assist.Curator, MOMA

                Antares Corporation Headquarters, Stamford, CT  "Yale & Towne, Portraits Locked in Time" photography invitational

                Irwin Feld Gallery, Stamford, CT. "Under the Influence" 4-person show

Mark Gallery, Englewood, NJ  "Rites of Spring", 3-person show

2007       Housatonic Museum of Art Juried Show, juror, Bill Arning,,Curator, List Visual Arts Center, MIT. Three works accepted

                Our World Gallery at The Stone Studio, Stamford, CT.  3-person show

                Hiousatonic Museum of Art, Lineal Investigations, Curated by Robbin Zeller, Dir. Housatoniic Museum, 3 works selected

                Farber Birren National Color Award Show, Juried by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum

2006       The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT  “The Elements, Fire”

                Vertrue Corporation, Norwalk, CT. Art and Innovation

                Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT  Art of the Northeast curated by Ben Barzune

2005       Westport Arts Center Gallery, Westport, CT “Summer Shorts”

                Palace Theatre, Stamford, CT  “Great Dames” curated by Richard Klein, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

2004       Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT  “Be Seated” 

2003       Wilton Art Gallery, Wilton, CT  “Two Views”  (2-person show)

                Stamford Safari, Art in Public Spaces, Stamford, CT

2001       Art-O-Mobiles, Art in Public Spaces, Stamford, CT

2000       Cow Parade, Art in Public Spaces, Stamford, CT

                Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT “Forces of Nature” Curated by Ben Ortiz

1996       Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY  (2-person show)

1995       Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, Juried Exhibitioin

                Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

                Aaron Gallery, Washington, DC

1992       Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

                Cambridge Multicultural Arts Council, Cambridge, MA  “Where Fire Meets Water”

1991       Phyllis Weil & Company, NY, “Trace Elements”

1990       The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY  “Chords and Discords”

                The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT “ Artists’ Designed Diversions”

1989       Discovery Gallery, Glen Cove, NY “ Dangerous Furniture”

                Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, NY, “Artists’ Toys”

1988       California State University Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA “Artquest”

1986       Reynold Kerr Gallery, NY Invitational curated by Allan Stone

                Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT  “Triple Space”, curated by Benny Andrews

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND  PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2010       It's Reigning Cats and Dogs, Art in Public Spaces, Stamford CT

2007       32 foot Mural/Installation, International Baccalaureate School at Rogers Magnet, Stamford, CT

2005       Stamford Safari, Art in Public Spaces, Stamford, CT

2002       Tully Health Center, Stamford, CT Permanent Exhibition of 26 works

2001       Art-O-Mobiles, Stamford, CT Art in Public Spaces

2000       Permanent Foyer Installation, Mosaic Corporation, Norwalk, CT

                Cow Parade, Stamford, CT. Art in Public Spaces

1999       Contributing Artist, Home Resource Guide

                Murals for NRG Nightclub, VIP Lounge, New Rochelle, NY

1998       Phoenix Insurance Company, Avon, CT Permanent Installation

1995       Book, “ON FIRE, poem and paintings” published

1991       Parrish Art Museum, Demonstration & Talk, “Pop-Ups”

1990       General Electric Corporation, Permanent Installation, Art of the 90”s.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2002       ARTnews, Kenneth Best, Review of ON FIRE, Stamford Center for the Arts

2003       The Advocate & Greenwich Tiimes, Lisa Streitfeld, “Two Views” at Wilton Gallery

2000       The New York Times, William Zimmer, “Drama in Nature, Burning Oil Fields, Cascading Water”

2001       The Advocate & Greenwich Times, Lisa Streitfeld, “Transformation Rites at the Rich Forum”

                Living In Stamford, City Diary “On Fire” Lisa Pierce Breunig

                The Norwalk Hour, Carolee Ross, “Fire, Walk With Me”

1996       The New York Times, Helen A. Harrison, “Shades of Nature”

1995       Times/Mirror Newspapers, Carolee Ross, “The Fire Next Time”

                Star News, Exhibition to Heat Up Scottsdale Center for the Arts

                The Connecticut Post, Paintings Catch Oil Field Horror, Harold F. Cobin

                Scottsdale Daily Progress

                Tribune Newspapers, Don’t Let Technology Turn You Off, Paul Khera

                New Times, Art/Up and Atom, Bette Rinehart

                Palm Beach Post, Gary Schwan, Five Panel Wallpiece Captures Fury of Kuwaiti Oil Field Fires

1994       Art Now, Gallery Guide, Front Cover

1991       The Stamford Advocate, Carolee Ross, Artist Inspired to Create Fireworks

              The New York Times, William Zimmer, “Hudson River Open the Artists Tell a Good Story”.

1990       My Time at Tiffany’s, Gene Moore and Jay Hyams

                The Stamford Advocate, Janet Koplos, Review of PMW Gallery

1989       Splash Magazine, Art Feature: Francine Funke, 1989

                ARTnews, Gerrit Henry, Francine Funke at Barbara Braathen Gallery

1988       The New York Times, William Zimmer

                The New York Times, Helen A. Harrison, Furniture with Harm on its Mind,

1986       The New York Times, Grace Glueck, Through A Glass Brightly, Artists Creations Abound in City’s Windows”

                Connecticut Magazine, Peoplescene

 

TELEVISION COVERAGE

2007       Carousel with Jerry Laird, 30 TV interview

1995       Cablevision of Connecticut, The Exchange, 7 minute interview

1995       Cable Feed from the Russell Senate Rotunda, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Senators Joseph Lieberman and Chris Dodd with installation of Plumes, Kuwaiti Oil Field Fires.

1986     Hartford Community Television, Coverage of Triple Space

1986     NBC Alive at Five, Coverage of the Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Agnes Gund, President of the Board of Directors, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

Phoenix Insurance Company Conference Center, Avon, CT

Mosaic Direct Corporation, Norwalk, CT

The General Electric Corporation, Fairfield, CT

Prudential Bache Securities, NY

Mr. Kent Logan, Los Angeles, CA

Tully Center, Stamford Health Systems, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Slifka, Director of The Big Apple Circus

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

Dana Tyler, Stamford, CT

Vertrue Corporation, Norwalk, CT

 

SELECTED LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

ON FIRE, poem and paintings is represented in the following library collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

National Museum of Women in the Arts Library, Washington, DC

 

EDUCATION

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Art, Architecture and Planning

Hunter College Graduate School, New York City.  Master of Fine Arts Degree

 













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