Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Francie Allen (Bellingham) grew up in Gilford, a picturesque New Hampshire village that – after WWII – drew educated, visionary people to live their ideals. Their pioneering spirit and vibrant sense of community deeply shaped her values. Civil rights activities – marching with Martin Luther King – prefigured her lifelong commitment to healing the planet and its peoples. Allen moved to Seattle in the early 70s. A graduate sculpture student at UW School of Art, she unexpectedly found her greatest inspiration working with Dance Department head, Joan Skinner.

Francie is a versatile educator – from college teaching to designing school programs in visual thinking to environmental education. In her art she strives to connect viewers with the miracle of being embodied. Her lifesize figures reorient the viewer, inviting a fresh perspective. Her installations disarm habitual responses to the physical world and offer a new relationship to the body/mind.

Francie received 2017 GAP Award funding to create a video documentation of her work to share with a larger audience. Francie will take video/editing training through Bellingham’s public access television, which includes use of their equipment. Video training, and website redesign will both include fees for social media consultation.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I am an artist elder, who has been applying on and off for GAP for over 20 years and just now winning it for the first time. Persistence furthers. I have actually enjoyed the process and through it have honed my artistic vision. I appreciate Artist Trust for developing the grants, their guidelines, and educating me as an artist on how to apply. Thank you for being so artist friendly!

Francie Allen