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Francesca Frahn Koerner, Contemporary art, photography drawing landscape figure

Frahn Koerner’s multi-media artwork [painting, drawing, photography, installation and video] is fueled by universal narratives of challenge, adventure, transformation, tenacity and grace. Ideas are illuminated by a robust inner spirituality. Her work has recently been described as addressing gender and resilience… resonating with current events.

Writing in the studio and at home has been an essential component throughout her process. Recent works have more overtly incorporated excerpts from her journals; also used are key phrases from the #metoo movement and contemporary politics. A prime example is a piece which includes a selected quote made by U.S. Senator Cory Booker to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after her testimony during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nominee hearing.

For many years now Koerner has been simultaneously working on a feminist-centered theme along with other paintings that have been more visually abstract, with the metaphorical content remaining somewhat mysterious in meaning. All of her artwork employs both camera and computer as fundamental creative tools.

Frahn Koerner is a native New Orleanian who began making art when she was a child. Koerner holds a BFA from Tulane University and an MFA from the University of New Orleans: majoring in painting with a minor in photography. She has taught at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

In 2021 Koerner was interviewed live in her studio and recorded for the Contemporary Arts Center’s StudioV program. In 2018 she gave a slide show of her work, speaking on "Artistic Expressions of Resiliency” at Tulane University’s Women Making Waves. Koerner’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Arthur Roger Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Tulane University Carroll Gallery, Loyola University’s Diboll Art Gallery, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana; the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, Mississippi, the Mobile Museum of Art and Space 301 in Mobile, Alabama; the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama; the Lamar University Dishman Gallery in Beaumont, Texas, the Montgomery College Rockville Gallery in Rockville, Maryland; the Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy and the Galerie Im Andechshof in Innsbruck, Austria among others.

Koerner’s work is in the permanent collection of the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Arts Council of New Orleans. Koerner was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute and Louisiana ArtWorks. Frahn Koerner Studios was chosen as a Satellite Project for International Art Triennial Prospect.2 and Prospect.3+ New Orleans. Koerner’s artwork is collected and shown throughout the USA and Europe.

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