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Franklin Evans creates painting installations, which explore the artist’s studio as process and object.

Born in Reno, NV, he has lived and worked in New York, NY since the 1990s. He has degrees from Stanford University (BA), University of Iowa (MA and MFA Painting), and Columbia University (MBA).

Upcoming 2021 exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Miles McEnery Gallery (New York, NY) and at Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA).

He has had solo exhibition internationally and has participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues, which include, among others: MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Futura, Prague, Czech Republic; Museum Ivan Bruschi, Arezzo, Italy; Mykonos Biennale, Greece; Venice Biennale Collateral Exhibition, Italy; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Federico Luger, Milan, Italy; Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; Sue Scott, New York, NY.

His work has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Art in America, New York Magazine, Artforum, The New Yorker, Modern Painters, Brooklyn Rail, Art-Agenda, Flash Art International, Hyperallergic, Arte Fuse, ArtPulse, Art New England, Sculpture Magazine, among other publications. Awards and grants include: Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant; NYFA Fellowship Painting; PM Foundation; Tribesice; MacDowell; Yaddo; The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program; and LMCC Workspace Program.

Evans’ work is included in many public and private collections, including, among others: Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH; Salomon Foundation, Annecy, France; Roanoke College, Salem, VA; Collection AGI, Verona, Italy. Evans has collaborated with Trajal Harrell (Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church), Paul David Young (Perverted by Theater, Balcony Scene and Kentucky Cantata), and Omar Lopez-Chahoud (Lush Life). His catalogue Franklin Evans: juddrules was published by Montserrat College of Art in 2015. His 2021 catalogue will include an essay by Raphael Rubinstein.