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Francie Hester

Artist Francie Hester joins Salon – An Artful Conversation to help us explore the ups and downs and the ins and outs of collaborations.

From developing and organizing community collaborative projects, to private and corporate commissions – looking back at 30 years of opening the studio door and how it has given something back to me in ways that are unexpected.

Collaboration – working jointly with a common goal. History is steeped with wonderful examples of how collaboration can push and pull artists in ways that are unexpected. It is a process of taking risks – of relinquishing the solo voice of your own work to something fuller and beyond yourself.

But, isn’t it the opposite of our artistic instinct? Isn’t the act of creating highly private? Isn’t it best to keep that studio door closed?

Francie Hester’s work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Freddie Mac, Capital One, KPMG, Covington & Burling and the International Monetary Fund. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Hester’s commissioned works include a 1996 piece for the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International and an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law. In addition, she has created large-scale sculptural aluminum paintings for ASHA, Booz Allen Hamilton and NEA Member Benefits.

Hester received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan.

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