Juan Franco

Artist & Writer in Seattle

Photo: Joshua Taylor

Biography

Juan Franco was born in Bogotá, Colombia. They learned creativity by example, through the endless talents of their mother. As an only child, they spent countless hours playing with Legos and their parents’ architectural tools. They currently live in Seattle pursuing a Master of Art in Art History at the University of Washington.


Statement of Practice

I use my labor to produce events, objects, texts, and images. I am an artist and a writer. In the lineage of photography and performance, my labor reproduces and remixes what already exists. I do not seek novelty. I recover visual and literary methodologies to deconstruct systematic structures that damage my identities. In doing so, I reject their legacy.

My research focuses on modern and contemporary photography and performance. I work to localize these media within my Latinx identity and heritage. In doing so, I aim to dismantle methods in which Contemporary Art™upholds white supremacy, capitalism, and colonialism.


Education

In progress
Master of Art in Art History
University of Washington

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art  
Summa Cum Laude
Cornish College of the Arts


Contact

email [at] juanfran.co
+1 206.571.7176
︎ @juanfran.co


Pieta Colombiana


Venus & David



Studies from the Studio 




Maiah Manser
Second Skin EP




CV

+1 206.571.7176
email [at] juanfran.co
www.juanfran.co


EDUCATION

In progress
Master of Art in Art History
University of Washington

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art (Photography, Art History)
Cornish College of the Arts
2010 - 2014
Summa Cum Laude

PROFESSIONAL

Current
2017-         Teaching Artist, Youth in Focus, Seattle, WA

2014-         Independent Artist & Scholar

Past
2016-17    Volunteer Mentor, Youth in Focus, Seattle, WA
2012-17    Dramaturge, Modern Recollections, Seattle, WA
2012-13    Photography Lab Technician, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
2012-13    Development Department Assistant, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2010-17    Shift Supervisor, Starbucks, Seattle, WA

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017 Aren’t You Glad, Make.Shift Gallery, Bellingham, WA
2016 A Need of Space, The Factory, Seattle, WA
2016 Seven Seconds, The Standard Goods, Seattle, WA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Struggle + Strength, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2015 Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival, Rose Lipman Building, London, UK
2015 Erasure, Lion’s Main Art Collective, TK Artist Lofts, Seattle, WA
2015 12 Seconds Max, The Factory, Seattle, WA
2015 prose / pose, Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, Seattle, WA
2014 Cornish College of the Arts & Fred Hutchinson Partnership, Fred Hutch, Seattle
2014 EXPO 2014, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2014 Portraits of Pride, Gay City Health Gallery, Seattle
2013 Sweetbreads, New York Student Residency Program, 20 Jay Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Merit Scholarship Show, L-Space, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2013 Polari, True Love Art Gallery, Seattle
2013 Portraits of Pride, Gay City Health Gallery, Seattle

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

Photographic Center Northwest
W.A.G.E Coalition

RESIDENCIES

2016 CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program, Modern Recollections, Seattle
2015 Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency, Modern Recollections, Seattle
2013 New York Student Residency Program, Brooklyn

AWARDS

2013 WORD Symposium, Third Prize, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2013 Kindler and Johnson Visual Art Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2013 Cornish Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2013 Utrecht Art Supplies Annual Merit Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2012 WORD Symposium, Second Prize, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2012 Richard Gilman Scholarship, Painting & Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2012 Cornish Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2012 Greater Seattle Business Association Scholarship, GSBA, Seattle
2011 Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation Endowed Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts,
2011 Kreielsheimer Foundation Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
2011 Pride Foundation Scholarship, Pride Foundation, Seattle

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2014-16 Studio.B1, TK Artist Lofts, Seattle, WA
2012-13 The Closet Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle

PUBLICATIONS

2016 Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, Manson, Caden & Jemma Nelson
2015 UpClosePersonal: Gay City Volume 6, Rees, Susan, & Vincent Kovar
2015 Quirky Delights on Parade at 'Mo-Wave!, Hart, Charlotte, Seattle Dances
2013 Id Entities: Group Shows on Capitol Hill, T. S. Flock, Vanguard Seattle