San Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks transforms public spaces into positive venues of conversation and connection. His public installations create shared spaces and experiences that break down social barriers and build connections between people and communities.
Projects include a 500 person dinner on a freeway, a storytelling exchange to connect disparate neighborhoods, a public display of first love stories, and a vacant warehouse turned community hub. His Neighborhood Postcard Project has been carried out in 22 communities from Chennai, India to Santiago, Chile and his League of Creative Interventionists has chapters in cities around the world from Cologne, Germany to Detroit, Michigan.
In 2011 he walked from Los Angeles to New Mexico — an experience that continues to fuel his desire to tell the stories of underrepresented people and places.
HONORS + AWARDS
Mentor, K880 Emerging City Champions
The Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council
Invest In Neighborhoods Economic Development and Arts Programs Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA
2013 Makeshift Society, Artist-in-Resident, San Francisco, CA
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS + PUBLIC ART
2015 Bay Area Impact Challenge Awards, Google, San Francisco, CA
500 Plates, Innerbelt Freeway, Akron, OH
Secret Tiny Museum of ______, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
Neighborhood Postcard Project, Zendesk, San Francisco, CA
What Could Be, American Steel Studios, Oakland, CA
2014 Story Forest, NOW! Festival, San Francisco, CA
Neighborhood Postcard Project, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Social Mural, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA
First Love Project, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
I Love Macon Wall, Historic Macon, Macon, GA
First Love Project, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
2013 Califas Exhibition, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Neighborhood Postcard Project, Sunday Streets, Livable City, San Francisco, CA
Collaborative Art Project, Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA