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 San Francisco, California. 


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2016   Fellow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

           Studio Residency Program, Root Division

           Place Lab Salon Sessions on Ethical Redevelopment Member

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

           Mentor, K880 Emerging City Champions 

2014   John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant Recipient

The Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council

The GOOD 100, GOOD Magazine

Invest In Neighborhoods Economic Development and Arts Programs Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA

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

Awesome Foundation Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA


2017   Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

           Root Division, San Francisco, CA

           Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco, CA

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

           Fear Doctor, UN Plaza, San Francisco, CA

           Summit Lake Signs, Akron, OH

           Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

           Sites Unseen Community Meal, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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