Keith M. Francis is a multidisciplinary artist working in paint, sculpture, video and installations. He explores social, environmental and political issues that address injustice, alienation and disenfranchisement based on his private experiences. Francis was born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1989. Keith had attended classes at the Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Francis earned renown for his stainless steel public sculptures Reflections of Being (2013), for the University of Mississippi, Art Museum and The Firefighters (2008) a private commission in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
He has exhibited at venues including Delaware State University, Dover, DE; Butler University, Indianapolis, IN; New Art Center, Newton, MA; Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA; New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH; The Cambridge School at Weston, Weston, MA; New England School of Art & Design, Boston, MA; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Hairpin Art Center, Chicago, IL; Carmel Film and Art Festival, Carmel, CA; and Giornata Del Contemporaneo Di Amaci, Milan, Italy.
Keith’s artworks has featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The Standard Times, WGBH, Art Works, Big Red & Shiny, Printer's Devil Review, Kansas City Voices, Artscope, Art New England and Graphis. He has made appearances on C-Span, WGBH Greater Boston, and CBS television. Francis was selected by the Democratic National Committee as the official artist for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA, and was selected to design the commemorative poster for the public opening of the 2002 Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Boston, MA.
Currently, he will be exhibiting, May–September, 2017 at Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, and was selected in April by a committee of art experts as one of the 100 best independent, emerging artist to exhibit at The Other Art Fair New York by Saatchi Art, June 1–4, 2017. Keith is a second year M. F. A. candidate at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
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