Anne Francey

Anne Francey lives and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. Born and raised in Switzerland, she graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (ECBA) of Lausanne, before moving to NY where she received an MFA from Hunter College.

Initially immersed mostly in the painting and drawing media, she has incorporated ceramic into her practice after living in Tunisia, where she was inspired by the traditional tiles design and technique typical of Moorish architecture. She has taught studio art at Skidmore College and other colleges in the Capital region for over twenty years, and also teaches ceramic painting workshops. She has been involved in the creation of numerous community murals that included hundreds of participants, especially in schools.

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Birds and Geometry

The Tile like ceramic pieces are to be hung on a wall like paintings. The relationship between geometric patterns and various configurations reflects on our need to find meaning in the events that shape our lives. But while geometric designs inevitably incorporate the unpredictable nature of the hand and fire that modeled it, more organic shapes strive to find a semblance of order.


The ‘Configuration’ series reflects on the human need to find connections between seemingly unrelated occurrences . Each "Configuration" could have been arranged according to a different visual logic, different rules, creating a different story.


Scroll Series

The Scroll series are a reflection on time passing and time to come: one day, our present will inevitably become the past. Is it also possible that what inspired these images and has now been permanently hardened onto the clay’s surface will be part of the past? Will nature or some manifestation of nature as we know it, exist only as fossils imprinted in a rock?

Other Works


1983-1987 Hunter College: MFA , New York
1981-1982 School of Visual Arts: painting, video, 16 MM, New York
1976-1981 ECBA, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Diplôme de Beaux-Arts , Painting/Video, Lausanne, Switzerland


2018 The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Configurations, one person show, Troy, NY
Carrie Haddad gallery, Ebb and Flow, Hudson, NY
Saratoga Arts gallery, Then and Now, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Eric Laffer Gallery , Schuylerville, NY
2017 Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center, The Ritual of Construction, group show, Woodstock, NY
Carrie Haddad gallery, Summer, group show
Thompson Giroux gallery, En Masse, group show
Eric Laffer gallery, winter show
2016 Saratoga Arts, 30th Anniversary Invitational, Saratoga Springs, NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Summer Color, Hudson, NY
Laffer Gallery, 5th Annual Juried Group Show, Schuylerville, NY
2015 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Paper, group show, Hudson, NY
2014 Luminarté, Contemporary Islamic Art, group show, Dallas, TX
Spring Street Gallery, Where are you from? Three persons show, Saratoga Springs, NY
Albany Institute of History and Art, Mohawk Hudson Regional, group show NY
Albany International Airport, Natural Gestures, three persons show Albany, NY
Laffer Gallery, Winter show, Schuylerville, NY
2013 Laffer Gallery, Winter show, Schuylerville, NY
Spring Street Gallery, TREEaction, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sidi Kacem, Tunis National Ceramic Center International Ceramic Symposium, Tunisia
Carrie Haddad Gallery, 2 persons show, Hudson, NY
Liechtenstein Center for the Arts, Islam Contemporary, Pittsfield, MA
2012 Dietel Gallery, Paper and Fire, one person show, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
Laffer Gallery, Winter show, Schuylerville, NY
2010 Hyde Museum, Mohawk Hudson Regional, Glens Falls, NY
2009 El Borj Gallery, group show, la Marsa/Tunis, Tunisia
Farenheit, solo show, Carthage, Tunisia
2007 Gallery 100, Significantly Small, Saratoga Springs, NY
2006 Carrie Haddad Gallery, 3 persons show, Hudson, NY
2006 Firleflanz Gallery, 2 persons show, Albany, NY
Haddad Lascano Gallery, Still life, Great Barrington, Ma
2004 Mandeville Gallery, From an Observant Nature, 3 persons show, Union College, Schenectady NY
2004 Schenectady Museum, Mohawk Hudson regional, NY
2003 Schick Gallery, Visiting Faculty exhibition, Saratoga Springs, NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Botanica, group show, Hudson, NY
The Arts Center Gallery, 3-person show, Saratoga Springs, NY
2000 Arac, Anne Francey and Renée Duc, Vallorbe, Switzerland
1999 Lake George Arts Project, Artists invite artists, Lake George, NY
1998 Sioux City Arts Center, Working space, selections from the
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Sioux City, Iowa
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Geoffrey Detrani, Anne Francey, Joseph Kurhajec, Hudson, NY
Sion Art Museum, Saxifrage, Désespoir du peintre, Switzerland
1997 Lake George Arts Projects, Made in Tunisia, solo show, NY
Albany Center Gallery, solo show, Albany, NY
Mille-Feuilles Gallery, solo show, la Marsa/Tunis, Tunisia
Fribourg Art & History Museum, Saxifrage, Swiss painters, Switzerland
1996 Jennish Museum, Alice Bailly Foundation 50th anniversary, Vevey, Switzerland
Case Gallery, Skidmore College, Skidmore Women Faculty Exhibition, Saratoga Springs, NY
1995 Urban Cultural Park, curator "Compositions" a collaboration, artists and composers, S.Spgs,
Lake George Arts Project, From the Lake & Beyond, Lake George, NY
1994 Sage College Gallery, Wet Paint, Troy, NY
1992 The Albany Biennial, Interplay 92, Rice Gallery, Albany NY
1989 The Bemis Gallery, solo show, Omaha, Nebraska
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, "In Residence", 15 Artists From The Bemis Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska
1988 John Michael Kohler Art Center, Hothouse, Sheboygan, Wisconsin


1997-2014 NYSCA Arts in Education Initiative grants for the creation of collaborative ceramic murals in schools
2013 National Ceramic Center of Tunis, International Ceramic Symposium, Tunisia
2009 Sidi Kacem El Jelizi, National center for ceramic Art, Tunis, Tunisia, artist residency
2005 “Creative Connections” AIE, Loudonville, NY
1999 SPAF, New York State Council on the Arts, “Faces, faces and more…faces”, a community project involving hundreds of participants
1995 SPAF, New York State Council on the Arts,
"Compositions", collaborative work between artists and composers
1989 Fellowship AWS Bemis Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska
Artist residency,
1988 National Artist Grant, Switzerland
1987 Fellowship , AWS Bemis Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska artist residency
Sommerville Art Price, Hunter College, New York
1983 Artist’s Grant, Young Artists of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
1982 Artist’s Grant, Foundation Alice Bailly, Lausanne, Switzerland
1981 Professional advancement Grant, Business Professional Women and Zonta Club, Switzerland
Painting Award, Association de Peintres et Sculpteurs, Lausanne, Switzerland

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1998- 2014 Studio Art, drawing , painting, visual concepts, Skidmore College, lecturer
2010-2012 Empire State College, S. Spgs, NY Islamic art and decorative Ceramic design
2008 Bennington College, workshop on grant writing and application
1997- 2014 Mural projects: Artist in residence in public schools
1998 Figure drawing SCAC Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
1994-1999 Art in Nature, summer camps for 6-15 year old, Saratoga Springs
1992 French 20th Century-contemporary Art, Skidmore College Summer Program, Paris, France
1991- 98 Figure drawing, Special Programs, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1987- 88 Studio Art, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey