San Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks challenges our ever-increasing personal and physical isolation by transforming public spaces into positive venues of conversation and connection. His public installations create shared spaces and experiences that break down social barriers and catalyze connections between people and communities.
Projects include a storytelling exchange to connect disparate neighborhoods, a public display of first love stories, a vacant warehouse turned community hub, and a global network of people creatively building stronger cities. His Neighborhood Postcard Project has been carried out in 20 communities from Chennai, India to Santiago, Chile and his League of Creative Interventionists has chapters in eight 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
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
EXHIBITIONS + PUBLIC ART
2015 American Steel Studios, Oakland, CA
2014 NOW! Festival, San Francisco, CA
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA
Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
Historic Macon, Macon, GA
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
2013 Califas Exhibition, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Sunday Streets, Livable City, San Francisco, CA
Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA