Fatima Franks, Visual Arts Instructor
Fatima studied at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi where she obtained her BFA in painting, drawing and printmaking and was later invited to teach as assistant professor in the Foundation program. She received her MFA and specialized in painting and drawing at the California State University, Fullerton where she was also an art instructor/teaching associate.
Fatima’s work has been shown in reputable art galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. She has worked with Deborah Martin Gallery in Los Angeles with her solo show: Refracted Memoirs. She has collaborated and assisted Saira Wasim: Realms of Intimacy at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati.
Fatima continues to have an active art practice alongside her passion for teaching art to individuals with learning disabilities. The awareness to help others was realized by her during training at a national crisis center in Los Angeles where Fatima felt the need to help individuals in crisis.
Fatima has collaborated with artists dealing with issues such as; feminism, political, social and cultural. She was a part of a workshop in art psychotherapy at the Loyola Marymount University and mirrors her art practice with current social issues of our times often stigmatized by society.
Fatima has illustrated children’s books with Bookgroup which were published in Pakistan for use in private and public school curriculums. Fatima’s art was selected to be on the cover of Orange Coast Review. She has been a recipient of numerous art awards.