Hunter Franks creates ways for people to share introspections, hear other people’s stories, and reimagine social norms. His practice encompasses community-based public art, visual work, writing, and installation. He shares cultural commentary and conducts actions that display that we are all far more similar than we are different. As people begin to contemplate their own role in shaping culture, they begin to reimagine the possibilities present for connection, empathy, love, and joy within their own lives, their neighborhood, and their city.

His projects include a 500 person dinner on a freeway, a storytelling exchange to connect disparate neighborhoods, a swing on a subway, and a year of creative daily lists. His Neighborhood Postcard Project has been carried out in 26 communities around the world from Chennai, India to Santiago, Chile and he is the founder of the League of Creative Interventionists, a nationwide network of community catalysts using art and culture to reimagine their cities.

His work has been carried out in public spaces and venues around the United States including the de Young Museum, Mural Arts Program, Asian Art Museum, 111 Minna Gallery, Akron Art Museum, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and Detroit’s Eastern Market. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Fast Company, Curbed, and Univision.

In 2014, Franks was named to GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, an annual showcase of individuals at the cutting-edge of creative impact. In 2016, he was chosen to participate in the Studio Residency Program at Root Division, a San Francisco arts non-profit. In 2017, Franks received a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellowship to address equity. In 2018, his idea to transform a freeway into a forest won the Knight Cities Challenge, a nationwide call for civic ideas.

Franks is currently an Alumni Studio Artist at Root Division, resides in Northern California, and speaks about his work around the country.

Before you check out my accomplishments, check out my list of Rejected Applications and Unfunded Ideas.


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SELECTED PUBLIC PROJECTS

2019 Neighborhood Postcard Project, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Analog Night, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Fear Doctor, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

The Life of A Block, Dream Farm Commons, Oakland, CA

Fear Doctor, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA

Fear Doctor, Bodega Day Music and Arts Festival, Bodega, CA

2018    Broadway Cultural Gateway, Center for Craft, Asheville, NC

50-Year Future Visioning Workshop, SF Planning Department, San Francisco, CA

Everyone At The Table Community Meal 2018, Hammerer Plaza, San Jose, CA

Innerbelt National Forest, Akron, OH

Portola Neighborhood Flag Project, San Francisco Parks Alliance, San Francisco, CA

           How To Start A Revolution, Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

           Fear Doctor, 15 Year Anniversary Performance at Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2017    Fieldwork, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Neighborland, San Francisco, CA

           Everyone At The Table Community Meal 2017, Hammerer Plaza, San Jose, CA

           200 Plates Community Meal, Akron, Ohio

Fear Doctor, Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

          Public Square, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

          Summit Lake Pump House, Akron, Ohio

2016   Temporary Monument to Self, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Self-Appointed Artist-In-Residence, Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency, San Francisco

Fear Doctor, UN Plaza Residency, San Francisco

           Summit Lake Signs, Akron, OH

Fear Doctor, Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco

Sites Unseen Community Meal, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco

2015    Bay Area Impact Challenge Awards, Google, San Francisco, CA

500 Plates, Innerbelt Freeway, Akron, OH

Neighborhood Postcard Project, GOOD + Sambazon, Nationwide

Secret Tiny Museum of ____, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco

Neighborhood Postcard Project, Zendesk, San Francisco

2014    Social Mural, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

First Love Project, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

Neighborhood Postcard Project, City of Akron, Akron, OH

First Love Project, Eastern Market, Detroit, MI

Museum of You, University City District, Philadelphia, PA

I Love Macon Wall, Historic Macon, Macon, GA

2013   Sunday Streets, Livable City, San Francisco

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 The Life of A Block, Dream Farm Commons, Oakland, CA

2017 threehundredandsixtyfivelists, Gallery 213, San Francisco, CA

Revolution, Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco, CA

2016 More or Less, Root Division Frank-Ratchye Project Space, San Francisco, CA

2014 First Love Project, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH

Neighborhood Postcard Project, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Misfit Maker Toy Factory, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

Simmer, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2017 New Growth, Root Division, San Francisco,

Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2016 Meet Your Neighbors, American Steel Studios, Oakland, CA (with Ray Boyle)

2014 Califas Exhibition, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2013 Papergirl SF, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED HONORS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2019 Artist-In-Resident, Dream Farm Commons, Oakland, CA

2017     Knight Cities Challenge Winner, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Fellow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Artist-In-Resident, Camp Grounded

2016 Studio Residency Program, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2015    Grant Recipient, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Urban Futures Think Tank, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2014    The GOOD 100, GOOD Magazine

Grant Recipient, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development

Grant Recipient, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

2013    Artist-in-Resident, Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA

Grant Recipient, The Awesome Foundation, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED TALKS

2019 SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) & WeWork, San Jose, CA

Project for Public Spaces International Placemaking Week, Chattanooga, TN

Lick-Wilmerding High School Day of Justice, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Parks Alliance, San Francisco, CA

2018   Center for Craft, Asheville, NC   

2016   Gehl Institute Act Urban Conference, Philadelphia, PA

           San Francisco Design Week, San Francisco, CA

           Knight Foundation Cities Challenge Winners Summit, Philadelphia, PA      

           City of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

           California College of the Arts Guest Lecturer, SF, CA 

           Immanent Urbanism(s) Lecture Series, SF, CA  

2015  American Institute of Architects NEXT Conference, SF, CA

          8-80 Cities, Toronto, Canada

          California College of the Arts Guest Lecturer, SF, CA

          American Institute of Architects Placemaking Summit, SF, CA

2014  University of Akron, Akron, OH

          Urban Innovation Exchange, Detroit, MI (recap)

          Causeway, Chattanooga, TN (watch)

          TEDxGunnHighSchool, Palo Alto, CA (watch)


SELECTED PRESS