Fran Siegel’s investigation of place occurs through the activity of drawing. Sprawling collaged and spatial constructions are depictions of time, movement, and change. Siegel’s drawings have recently been acquired by LACMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She represented the United States in the IX International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador. Other exhibits include the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, Muzeum Stzuki in Lodz, Poland, and Nuova Icona in Venice, Italy. In NY Siegel’s work is represented by Lesley Heller Workspace and was included in “Slash” at the Museum of Art and Design and “Extravagant Drawing” at Dorsky Curatorial Projects. In 2014 Siegel completed “Through” a site-specific permanent commission for US Art in Embassies program that sprawls 35 ft. in their new consulate in Ecuador, and “Translocation and Overlay” a solo project of 50 drawings at the Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara that studied environmental and population changes within this “utopic” coastline of California. Siegel is now working with the Fowler Museum at UCLA on a “Fowler in Focus” exhibition. She has just been awarded a Fulbright to Brazil for this project’s research.
Fran Siegel has received a Getty grant from the California Community Foundation, the OC Contemporary Collectors Award, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (C.O.L.A.) Grant. Siegel holds a Masters in Painting from Yale University School of Art and a Bachelor of Art in Art from Tyler in Philadelphia and Rome. She is currently a professor in The School of Art at California State University Long Beach.
Published reviews of her work include Art in America, Art News, Asian Art News, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Art New England, Art Critical, The Brooklyn Rail. ArtWeek, LA Weekly, Arts, and Sculpture. Feature articles about Siegel’s working process were recently published in the Los Angeles Times and Xtra Contemporary Art Quarterly. Siegel is based in Los Angeles.