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June 2010

Fran Forman

Fran forman Fran Forman studied art and sociology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University and then received an MSW, working for several years with heroin addicts. Discovering that she could indeed earn a living in the arts, she entered Boston University’s School of Fine Arts where, specializing in photography and graphic design, she received her MFA. 

She has held a succession of positions in the field of illustration and design: branding, print, and signage for corporate, arts, and retail establishments; CD-roms for books, museum installations, sales and training; book cover illustrations; animations, multimedia, and web designs. Additionally, she was Senior Designer with AOL Time Warner, where she was designer of the preeminent web site devoted to African American culture and where she produced photo illustrations for the daily editorial content.

Between professional life and raising two daughters, Fran continued to create her personal art, combining her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, and the dislocations of time and place.

Fran is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She is also a recipient of grants from the Sassower, the Tyre, and the Pufflin Foundations, for 2006, 2007. and 2008.

She has won numerous awards and prizes; most recently she won 1st and 2nd place in the Fine Arts sub-category for Px3 Prix de la Photographie (2008 and 2007 respectively); she was a fourth place winner in the Adobe sponsored Photoworkshop.com; and she was a finalist for an Ultimate eye Foundation grant. And at the International Photo Awards 2008, she won 2nd place for Collage and Honorable Mention for Digitally Enhanced.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

James Rose

James Rose paints New York City. He says, "My art reflects the transpiration of my surroundings. I paint individuals and crowds set in an urban environment (currently New York and in the past San Francisco and Boston). The combination of sublime and familiar is the paradox of my work, creating a tension but also giving the viewer a relational experience. I use repetitive imagery such as large crowds or buildings with hundreds of windows. The idea of the swarm or large numbers often can give an overwhelming feeling but ultimately hypnotizing, creating a sublime transcendence through the familiar. I am also interested in the transformation of the individual as it moves and travels from one location to the other."

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Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry (born 1960) is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. He works in several media. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance, e.g., child abuse and sado-masochism. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work, in which images of Perry as "Claire", his female alter-ego, often appear. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 for his ceramics, receiving the prize dressed as Claire.

Grayson-perry-two-children Perry’s urns are rendered with an incomprehensible master-craft: their surfaces richly textured from designs marked into the clay, followed by intricately complicated glazing and photo-transfer techniques. Perry makes ceramic pots, hand-stitched quilts, and outrageous dress designs, creating a cosmopolitan folk-art.