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b. 1986 – Honolulu, HI


Education:
MFA | Studio Art |  American University | Washington DC | 2013
BFA | Studio Art | Sculpture |  Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts | Webster University in Saint Louis | 2008
Solo/Collaborative Exhibitions:
2018
BIPEDAL SOUNDSCAPES (collaboration with Alex Braden), Arlington Art Truck (Inaugural Project), Arlington, VA;

2016
NO SHARPS, NO FLATS (collaboration with Alex Braden and Adam Richard Nelson Hughes), Transformer DC;

2015
SOMETHING SLIGHTLY FAMILIAR, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC

2014
LEARNING TO PLAY, Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Saint Louis, MO;
MAY I HAVE THE PIANO DELIVERED TO YOU?, Artisphere, AIR Studio, Arlington, VA


Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017
TRANSFORMER’S 14th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & BENEFIT, Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC;
SONDHEIM ARTSCAPE PRIZE SEMI-FINALIST EXHIBITION; Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries, MICA,  Baltimore, MD;
WOMEN NOW, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA;

2016
TRANSFORMER’S 13th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & BENEFIT, Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC;
LIFE SOUNDTRACK: PRINCE BOWIE, Healing Arts Center, Washington DC;
SONDHEIM ARTSCAPE PRIZE SEMI-FINALIST EXHIBITION; Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries, MICA  Baltimore, MD;
LADIES FIRST, Gallery Neptune & Brown, Washington DC;
ALCHEMICAL VESSELS, Healing Arts Center, Washington DC;
BERLIN AND BACK AGAIN, Goethe-Institut DC;
DRAWING BOARD, DCAC, Washington DC;

2015
TRANSFORMER’S 12th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & BENEFIT, Washington DC;
E PLURIBUS UNUM, Vilnius Academy of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania;
FOCUS FORWARD, Kennedy Center Hall of Nations, Washington DC & VW Headquarters, Herndon, VA;
THE LANGUAGE OF LINE: A DRAWING EXHIBITION, Neptune Fine Art, Washington DC;
SELECT 2015: WPA’S 34th ANNUAL ART AUCTION & GALA, Terrace Gallery, Artisphere, Arlington, VA;

2014
JAMES MCLAUGHLIN MEMORIAL STAFF SHOW, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC;
TRANSFORMER’S 11th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & BENEFIT, Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC;
FERMATA; CODA, Artisphere, Terrace Gallery, Arlington, VA;

2013
MFA STUDIO BERLIN, Glogauair Project Space, Berlin, Germany;
CROSSING THE BIFRÖST, American University Museum, Washington DC;
THE PIA MATER, The Fridge, Washington D.C;
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, Forum Gallery, SUNY Purchase College, NY;

2012
ON LOAN, Area 405 – Juror: Sarah Tanguy , Baltimore, MD 21202;
ANY THOUGHTS? ANYONE?, American University Museum, Washington DC;

2011
EVERYBODY IS RUNNING AWAY FROM EVERYBODY ELSE, Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, Washington DC;

2008
LAUMEIER STUDENT SHOWCASE, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, MO;
STATISTICAL RECORDS OF PERFORMANCE, Metropolitan Gallery, Saint Louis;

2007
INFRASTRUCTURES, Metropolitan Gallery, Nu-Art Series, Saint Louis, MO;

2006
WAC, Three Sinks Gallery, Saint Louis, MO;
VSA EXHIBITION, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC;
GRIT, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO;
VARSITY ART X, Gallery Urbis Orbis, Art Saint Louis;

Selected Performances:
2017
CERTAIN MACHINES CANNOT BE “FINE-TUNED”, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA;

2015
A DUEL BECOMES A BATTLE, in Julie Wolfe’s GREEN ROOM, A Hemphill Project, Washington DC;

2013   
PRELIMINARY DECONSTRUCTION, American University Museum, Washington DC;
REQUIEM FOR A TOY PIANO, The Fridge DC;

2012   
A BRIEF DEMONSTRATION SERIES, American University, Washington DC;
NUTCRACKER OPEN STUDIO SERIES, American University, Washington DC;

2005
COMPOSITION FOR A PIANO WITHOUT STRINGS, Webster University, Saint Louis;
NADADADA: THE COMFORT OF LIMITS, THE LIMITS OF COMFORT, The Factory, Saint Louis;


Touring Exhibition |  DESTINATION ANYWHERE, Jury Panel | Agnes Gund, Annie Gawlak, and William A. Newman:
2008
Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN;
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Pensacola, FL;
University of Tennessee at Martin, TN;
Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, Mt. Saint Joseph College, Cincinnati, OH;

2007
Miami University of Ohio Art Museum, Oxford, OH;
Monteagle City Hall, Monteagle, TN;
Kansas City YMCA, Kansas City, KS;

2006
The Smithsonian Institution, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC;


Awards, Grants, Scholarships, Residencies, and Lectures:
2018
Arlington Public School Lectures

2017
Lecture for VSA Award Winners, Kennedy Center

2016
NO SHARPS, NO FLATS Artists Talk, Transformer DC

2015
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Artist in Residence, Montgomery College
Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop, Montgomery College, Silver Spring

2014
Luce Center Artist Talk, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Transformer Exercises Fellowship, E:11 Sound Art, Washington D.C.
Visiting Artist Lecture, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO
(Exhibition/Lecture Sponsorship provided by The Santo Foundation, Missouri Council for the Arts, Saint Louis Regional Arts Commission, and Sculpture City Saint Louis)   

2013
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant,
ARTISPHERE – Artist in Residence (until April 2014),
MFA Studio Berlin (Studio Residency Program),
Catharina Baart Biddle Art Award,
Graduate Student Research Award – American University

2012
Graduate Student Research Award,
Babs Van Swearingen Graduate Scholarship – American University

2011
Graduate Mellon Research Award,
Babs Van Swearingen Graduate Scholarship – American University

2008
Laumeier Student Showcase, Award Recipient

2006
Destination Anywhere, Award of Excellence






Recent Press:

Carrigan, Margaret. “Galleries: A Cassette-Based Symphony that Erodes with Time”. Hyperallergic. 26 April 2016. http://hyperallergic.com/294017/a-cassette-based-symphony-that-erodes-with-time/
Jenkins, Mark. “In the Galleries: Artwork that’s destined for failure”. The Washington Post –Sunday Edition. 17 April 2016. E16:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-artwork-thats-designed-to-fail/2016/04/13/61e48de0-ff8c-11e5-8bb1-f124a43f84dc_story.html

Capps, Kriston. “’No Sharps, No Flats’ At Transformer to April 30: This sound installation explores the relationship between cassette loops and time”. Washington City Paper. 25 March 2015. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/48018/no-sharps-no-flats-at-transformerreviewed-this-sound-installation/

Goukassian, Elena. “27 deconstructed boomboxes are playing 27 new songs by 27 D.C. musicians at Transformer”. Express (A Publication of the Washington Post). 24 March 2016.

Chung, Francis. “Photos: Sonic Installation No Sharps, No Flats Opens at Transformer”.
The DCist. 18 March 2016.

Williams, Stephanie. DC Musicians Come Together for the Bold Art Exhibition “No Sharps, No Flats”. DC Music Download. 15 March 2016.  http://dcmusicdownload.com/2016/03/15/d-cmusicians-come-together-for-the-bold-art-exhibition-no-sharps-no-flats/

Jenkins, Mark, “Artist’s colorful ‘science project’ is a commentary on world’s
water supply”, The Washington Post, 2 December 2015:

Jenkins, Mark, “In the Galleries: From the everyday to the fantastical”, The Washington Post, 31

Goukassian, Elena, “Emily Francisco: Something Slightly Familiar”, State of the Arts 2014 Fall Arts Guide, Washington City Paper (page 31), September 12, 2014. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/46318/emily-francisco-something-slightly-familiar-sept-12oct-11-at-flashpoint

Artbeat With Lauren Landau, September 17, 2014, WAMU 88.5

"Luce Artist Talks: Emily Francisco", Eye Level, Smithsonian American Art Museum, September 12, 2014,

"Luce Artist Talks: Emily Francisco", The Paper Blog: Art & Design Magazine, September 11, 2014. http://en.paperblog.com/luce-artist-talks-emily-francisco-1002652/

Fischer, Jonathan L., “Bluebrain Returns with Sweeping Sound Art Installation”, Washington City Paper, February 4, 2014:  http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/visual-arts/2014/02/04/bluebrain-returns-with-sweeping-sound-art-exhibit-at-artisphere/

“Hunt Gallery Opening: Alumna Francisco’s ‘Learning to Play’ Jan. 31”, Webster Today.

Hohmeier, Danielle, "St. Louis Celebrates 'Sculpture City 2014'", Atomic Dust, January 3, 2014. http://www.atomicdust.com/st-louis-celebrates-sculpture-city-2014/

“Weekend Pass”, Express (A Publication of the Washington Post), November 14, 2013 (page E16)

Rosslyn BID, Featured Story: Culture, "May I have the Piano delivered to You? - Q & A with Artisphere Artist in Residence Emily Francisco":

Dingfelder, Sadie, “Jump into the Clouds”, Express (A Publication of the Washington Post),

Galbi, Douglas, “Emily Francisco Piano Overture”, Ode Street Tribune, September 17, 2013:

Capps, Kriston, “May I have the Piano Delivered to You at Artisphere?”, Washington City Paper,

Thomas, Holly E, "Boost Your Arts IQ with the Fridges Amazing New Show", Refinery29. http://www.refinery29.com/2013/04/45380/the-fridge-pia-mater-april-2013