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Ifé Franklin   

158 School Street #2

Roxbury, MA 02119

(617) 291-6213

Ifeart@hotmail.com

 

EDUCATION:

 The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Diploma 1989.  Studio work primarily in textiles and photography.

 

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA 1981-1983

Studio work primarily in photography.

 

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

1978-1980.  Studio work primarily in photography.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Youth Specialist

HarborCOV

Chelsea, MA

5/14-present

 The Youth Specialist provides direct case management, referrals, resources and specialized services to families and youth with complex challenges in shelter, our housing and low-income multicultural communities; coordinates onsite children/teen support activities and supervises part-time support staff; co-facilitates age-appropriate groups and workshops; provides on-call coverage; and supports client progress using data management software.

5/00-5/14 Art’s Educator – Kids Day After school/Summer program – M.S.P.C.C. Jamaica Plain, MA.  Teaching multicultural arts workshops (including  The Art of  Adire, a West African resist dye technique), life skills, homework assistance, parent partner.

 

6/13 Adire West African Textile Workshop, The Eliot School for Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA, teaching The Art of Adire, a resist and dying technique to adult students

 

4/12 Creative Drawing workshop, The Eliot School for Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA, teaching Creative Drawing, exploring doodling, lines, texture, color and form.

 

10/10 Adire West African Textile Workshop, The Eliot School for Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA, teaching The Art of Adire, a resist and dying technique to adult students.

 

6-09   Adire West African Textiles Instructor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Boston, MA, teaching The Art of Adire, a  resist and dying technique to adult students.

 

1/07-3/07 Adire West African Textiles Instructor, New Art Center, Newton, MA

Teaching The Art of  Adire a resist and dying technique to adult students.

 

6/04-6/05 Designer, Choreographer and Producer, Arts Slam/Fashion Show, Unity Pride, Boston.  Choreographed a public performance of dance featuring 15 models/dancers wearing  Ifeart Wearable Art pieces.

 

5/03-7/03 Banner Artist and Textile Workshop Instructor- The Mattapan Community Development Corporation and the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund Banner Project, Mattapan Square, MA.  Designed and produced 26 different banners featuring Adire African textile designs which were featured on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square.  Planned and implemented a six week Adire textile workshop  and exhibit with the local youth of Mattapan Square.

 

4/02-6/02   Adire West African Textiles Instructor – The New Freed Woman Project, The Women’s Resource Center, Suffolk County House of Corrections, Jamaica Plain,

MA.  Teaching Adire West African Textiles and entrepreneurial skills to adult women in a pre-release corrections program.

 

10/99-4/00 Adire West African Textiles Instructor – The Revolving Museum, House of Prints, The Garfield School, Brighton, MA.  Taught techniques Adire West African Textiles to youth, ages 9-11.

 

7/95-8/00 Adire West African Textiles Instructor – Arts in Progress, Media Arts Camp, The Lewis School, Roxbury, MA.  Taught Adire West African resist dye techniques to youth, ages 10-13.

 

3/97-5/97 Visual Artist – The Baby Book Project, Sargent House, Boston, MA,  Facilitated the healing and recovery process for adult women in a pre-release program through written work and visual arts projects.

 

9/95-5/00 Arts Instructor – Arts in Progress, All-In-One-Boat Program, Boston, MA,  Facilitated visual arts projects with students to explore the cultures of Ireland, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, West Africa (Ghana), Puerto Rico, Vietnam and China.

 

9/95-9/96 Instructor in African American History – Another Course to College, Boston, MA.  Taught a course which explored African American history through the arts using visual projects, video, poetry and discussions.  Participants were able to get a better perspective of themselves and African American history and culture.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:

5/7/15 Guest Artist Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series @ the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Studio Workshop ”Create a Slave Cabin”. Guests worked with a different materials to create structures that honor African/African Americans who produced cotton and indigo during enslavement in the American South. The cabins created are “wishes” or “gifts” to the spirits of these ancestors, who never had a home of beauty or a home of their own.

 

11/14/11/15 Global Africa @ Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg, MA

The “Slave Cabin” that was produced for Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project installation/ exhibition was purchased by the Fitchburg Art  Museum as  part of this exhibition and as part of their permanent collection.

 

2/14 Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project, Solo exhibition/instillation Fiber/Mixed Media/ Sculpture/Slave Cabin. Harbor Gallery UMass Boston

 

9/13 Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project, Solo exhibition/instillation Fiber/Mixed Media/ Sculpture/Slave Cabin.  Spoke Gallery, Medicine Wheel Productions, South Boston

 

(6/13 Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project, Solo exhibition Fiber/Mixed Media,  Uforge Gallery Jamaica Plain MA ( The revolver wall)

 5/09 Uhuru Afrika  Solo Exhibition,  All Asia Bar: Cambridge, MA

 

11/08 “icons + altars”, Group Exhibition, annual holiday benefit, New Art Center in Newtonville, MA

 

9/08 “Juried Group Exhibition”, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA

 

5/08 “Figure It Out”, Group Exhibition, G.A.S.P Gallery Brookline MA, curated by Lizi Brown

 

1/08 “Walking With Spirits”, Solo Exhibition exploring the relationship between spirituality, culture and improvisation, Center for Latino Arts, Boston, MA

 

6/07 “Boston Black Pride”, designed official Black Pride tee shirt and logo. Boston, MA

 

11/07 “icons + altars”, Group Exhibition, annual holiday benefit, New Art Center in Newtonville, MA

 

12/06 “The December Sale”, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, featuring Ifeart Wearable Art

 

11/06 “icons + altars”, Group Exhibition, annual holiday benefit, New Art Center in Newtonville, MA

 

4/06 “Mixing Speak”, Group Exhibition, curated by Ceci Mendez, New Art Center, Newtonville, MA

 

1/06    “African Winter Artists”, Group Exhibition, The Scullay Square Gallery, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA

 

8/05 Group Exhibition at Keith’s Place, Roxbury, MA

 

12/04-12/05 “The December Sale”, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

 

1/05  “Visions for a New World”  Annual Report 2004/Calendar 2005, Haymarket People’s Fund

 

12/04 Group Exhibition at The Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA

 

6/03 “Working Spirit” Artwork from the textiles workshop of the New Freed Woman Project, Suffolk County Women’s Resource Center, as shown at the Lillian Immig Gallery, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

 

4/03 “Evolution” Annual Ethos Fashion Show, featuring Ifeart wearable art, Wellesley College, Boston, MA

 

10/02 “Tradition and Desire”  Group Exhibition, Lillian Immig Gallery, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

 

6/02  “Spirits Calling” Group Exhibition Drawings , Artists Foundation Gallery, South Boston, MA, curated by Kathleen Betetti.

 

1/02 “Uprooting Racism – Celebrating Culture”, Haymarket People’s Fund Annual Report 2001/Calendar 2002.

 

11/99 “Cantar da Costa: Brasile Delle Mie Brame; donne di danza e di teatro” Set Design (“Face of Obatala”, batik art; “Orixa Series”, slides) for solo dance performance by Isaura Oliviera, at the Modena Theater, Genoa, Italy and at Smith College, Northampton, MA.

 

10-13 Boston Globe, Artist Ifé Franklin honors those who lived and died enslaved with The Indigo Project. By Francie Latour.

 

11/99  MEDIA ARTS MAGAZINE, “Weaving Wonders”, by Bill Eisle, featured artist interviewed for “Jamaica Plain Open Studios”, participated in annual community exhibit, featuring sculpture, textiles/wearable art, drawing, photography and collage.

 

12/97  Vision Spirit”  One Woman Exhibition, drawings, works on fabric, transformation of found objects, AAMARP Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA.  Retrospective 19980-1996 curated by Dr Ed Strictland.

 

2/97 Passage”, Group Exhibition referencing the legacy of the Middle Passage (the physical and spiritual abduction of Africans stolen from their homeland and brought to the new world).  The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

 

5/96 Works on Fabric”, Group Show by Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA.  Exhibition curated by Dr. Ed Strickland.

 

“Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Homophobia in the African American Community, I Scream Truck, Revolving Museum Traveling Exhibition.

 

BAY STATE BANNER, Review of Exhibit “Vision Spirit” by Kaye Bourne

 

BOSTON GLOBE, “Artist Charges Homophobia” In show cancellation at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, by Sandy Coleman.

 

BAY WINDOWS, African American panel discussing combating homophobia (in conjunction with “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”, Revolving Museum)

 

“Out on Main Restaurant, Inc.”, Columbus, OH, commisioned art work featuring mixed media collage celebrating African Amercian Gay and Lesbian pride.

 

5/95  Designed book cover and graphics for “Rhythm Visions Never Do Be Finished”, a book of original poetry by Renita Martin, Red Sun Press, Boston, MA

 

6/95 “Eyes on Africa” group exhibition, AAMARP Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

 

6/95  “Eyes on Africa” group  exhibition, Cinque Gallery, New York, New York

 

“Inner Visions”, one woman exhibition, Bella Luna Restaurant, Jamaica Plain, MA

 

“Sea of Possibilities”, group exhibition, Art Market, Jamaica Plain, MA.

 

“Nubian Night”, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.  Body painting for the African Warriors.

 

10/94 “Image From My Soul”, one woman exhibition, Jamaica Plain Arts Center, Boston, MA

 

12/94 “Common Threads”, group exhibition at Northeastern University’s Black Student Center, Boston, MA, curated by Bette Wilson

 

3/94  “Dorchester Women’s Day Exhibition”, curated by the Dorchester Women’s Committee

 

11/93 One Woman Exhibition, Dillaway Thomas House, Boston, MA, curated by Renita Martin.

 

2/93 “Art Jam Two”,  group exhibition, Lawrence Pierce Studio, Boston, MA, curated by Lawrence Pierce and Bette Wilson.

 

5/93  “Society Says”, group exhibition at the Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, curated by Kathleen Bitetti.

 

8/91 “Corn Rows, Tamales, Tomahawks, Fortune Cookies and White Bread”, a celebration of diversity, The World Gallery, Ashville, North Carolina.

 

5/90 “One Woman Exhibition”, The Dark Room, Cambridge, MA, curated by Sharron Strange.

 

5/90 “New England Women”, group exhibition, Northampton Center for the Arts, curated by Olivia Wilson.

 

7/90 “Three Views”, group exhibition, Harriet Tubman House, Boston, MA, curated by Guadalesa.

 

9/90 “Artists for Hope”, group exhibition, The Space Gallery, Boston, MA, curated by Alvin Ouellet.

 

10/89  “Also Art, a Group Exhibition of Works on Fabric”, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, curated by Stanley Pinckney.

2/89    “Spectrum”, group exhibition, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, curated by Leila Amlfitano

 

4/89  “Student Works at Mobius”, Boston, MA, curated by Marilyn Arsome.

 

4/89  “Visual Aids – A Day Without Art”, group exhibition, The Windell Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA, curated by Constance Brown.

 

5/88   “Art Cast”, group exhibition, Brookline Center for the Arts, Brookline, MA, curated by Shelly Wellings-Benjamin and Sherry Richman.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

1996 Pat Parker Award for Art Achievement, congratulatory letter from Attorney General Scott Harshbarger

 

1996 The Flip Foundation Award for Artistic Inspiration, affiliation of “Out On Main Restaurant, Inc.”, Columbus, Ohio.

 

1990 Fifth Year Competition Participant, School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

 

1989 Catherine Weems Scholarship Recipient, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

 

1989 Award of Excellence (juried by Howardena Pendall), textiles, New England Women, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA