Hunter Franks creates art that intervenes in the social and physical landscape of our urban environments. His participatory installations in public space break down barriers and help us reimagine our relationships with each other, our neighborhoods, and our cities. 

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 23 communities from Chennai, India to Santiago, Chile and his League of Creative Interventionists has chapters in cities around the world from Cologne, Germany to Akron, Ohio.

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. He currently resides in California. 


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SELECTED PUBLIC PROJECTS

2019 Fear Doctor, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (upcoming)

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, OH
          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/TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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

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

2013 Papergirl SF, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED HONORS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2017     Grant Recipient, 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 PRESS