Bio (Art)

Master's Degree in Fine Arts, School of Decorative Arts Strasbourg-France 1989
Bachelor's Degree in Interior Architecture, School of Decorative Arts - Honor list- Rietleng prize

Awards, Prizes, Fellowship

2017  International 2017 Rijksstudio Public Award, Rijksmuseum-Amsterdam, NL
Jurors: Taco Dibbits (RijksMuseum Director), Irma Boom (Irma Boom Office), Tony Chambers (Wallpaper), Ingrid Chou (The Museum of Modern Art), Ute Thon ( Das Kunstmagazin), Thomas Widdershoven (Thonik)
2015  Artslant, Juried Winner 3rd showcase  
2014  Art Ascent, Art and Literature Journal , Silver Artist, International Competition in Print
2012 Artists Wanted: Year In Review/SCOPE NY, International
Jurors: Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA);Fran Wu Giarratano, Exhibitions Manager of Independent Curators International (ICI); Eve Schillo, Curatorial Assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Ann Macgregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney(MCA) 
2012 Artslant, Juried winner 1st Showcase 2012 (10/700)
2010 Fellowship, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York NY
2008 Committee Choice Award, The Hague Red Cross Exhibition, Nuithus Centre, The Hague, Netherlands
2007 Honorable mention, Metro25, CWOW (City Without Walls) Newarck, NJ. Juror: Heather Darcy (Mixed Greens), Erin Donnely (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council)
2005 3rd Prize Chicago Prize 05 International competition: Water Tanks; Jurors: Thom Mayne (Pritzler price architecture 2005), Martha Thorne Assistant Curator, Art Institute of Chicago; Lynne Warren Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2005 3rd Prize McCormick Freedom Museum International Competition for an Art piece; Jurors: James Cuno/Art Institute Chicago; Susan Fisher Sterling/National Museum Women in the Arts 
2004 1st Prize Anna 33, National Juried Exhibition, The Holter Museum of Art, MT; Juror: Larry Thomas /San Francisco Art Institute
2001 Winning selection from the 27th juried show, Allentown Art Museum; Juror: Judith Tannebaum/Institute of Contemporary Art, PA
1989 Ritleng Prize (1st prize Thesis) 
1988 1st Prize Design Competition (project realized) Fessenheim/France 
1986 2nd prize of painting, 11th Festival of Painting and Sculpture Belfort, France 
1984 3rd prize of painting, 9th Festival of Painting and Sculpture Belfort, France
1983 3rd prize of drawing, 8th Festival of Painting and Sculpture Belfort, France

Solo Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions AND National and International Juried Exhibitions

2019  NO IMAGE/International competition, CICA Museum, Gimpo-si/ Gyeonggi-do, Korea 
2019  GLITCHES & DEFECTS/International Competition LoosenArt, Millepiani Gallery-Roma, ITALY
2018  55th Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe LA; Juror: Joel Parsons (Clough-Hansen Gallery)
2017  International 2017 Rijksstudio Award Exhibition, Rijksmuseum-Amsterdam, NL
2016 CONCEPT/ The International Exhibition on Conceptual art, CICA Museum, Gimpo-si/ Gyeonggi-do, Korea  
2014 74th Regional Juried Exhibition, ARNOT ART MUSEUM, Elmira NY; Juror: James Peck/Rockwell Museum
2013 International 56th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art; Juror: Janne Siren (Albright-Knox Gallery Director) (25/400)
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
2013 Curate NYC, juror: Lesly Johnstone. Conservatrice/Musee D'art Contemporain de Montreal
2013 Working It Out, Juried Exhibition, The Painting Center, New York NY
2011 Personal. Spaces/ CurateNYC Juried Exhibition, Crossing Art Gallery. Queens NY ; Organized by CurateNYC, Full Spectrum Inc and NYCEDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation)
2011 Nurture Art Benefit, Chelsea Art Museum, New York NY; juror: Pamela Auchincloss, David Cohen, James Kalm, Gregory Volk
2009 Image and Word, TAC (The Art Center) Highland Park, IL; Juror: Renee Hansen/ Editor of South Loop Review
2007 Metro25, (traveling thru 2008) CWOW (City Without Walls) Newarck, NJ; Juror: Heather Darcy (Mixed Greens), Erin Donnely (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council)
2007 Access: A feminist perspective, Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York (catalogue); Juror: Rhonda Schaller/Dave Jaquish
2006 Drawing Stage, Sept-Oct. 2006, CWOW (City Without Walls) Newark, NJ; Juror: Carmen E. Ramos/New Jersey Art Museum
2006 The Islip Art Museum's Annual Open Call: Stilled Life, June-Sept 2006, Islip Art Museum, NY; Juror: Daria Brit Shapiro, historian
2006 Water Tanks, The Chicago Prize Competition, Chicago Cultural center; Juror: Thome Mayne
2005 New Directions ‘05, Barrett Art Center NY; Juror: Steven Evans / Dia Foundation Beacon
2005 McCormick Freedom Art Competition, McCormick Freedom Museum, IL 
2005 Post This, An Art Critic Choice, Studio Gallery, Washington DC; Juror: Michael O’ Sullivan / Art critic Washington Post
2004 Anna 33, National Juried Exhibition, The Holter Museum of Art, MT Juror: Larry Thomas /San Francisco Art Institute
2004 Outside the Box, Robert Schonhorn Ats Center, NJ; Juror: Tim HildeBrandt, Gary Snyder
2002 Ten Contemporary Artists, 5 x 2 part II, Allentown Art Museum, PA 
2001 Breaking the Rules, Katonah Art Museum, Katonah NY; Juror: Eugenie Tsai / Brooklyn Museum
2001 Small Works, Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY; Juror: Peter Blum / Peter Blum Gallery, New York
2001 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA; Juror: Maxwell Anderson / Whitney Museum, New York 
2000 27th Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Juror: Judith Tannebaum/Institute of Contemporary Art, PA

Other Group Exhibitions

2016 WHAT IS AND NEVER WAS, Parenthesis Gallery, Chicago-IL, August 13-Sept 10
2015 OUTSIDE THE WHITE CUBE, curated by the Multiple Exposure Project, Metro Manila /Philippines, Dec.1-31
2015 SHOW WHAT YOU WANT TO SHOW, Melkweg Expo Amsterdam,Dec.11-Jan.3 2016
2014 ARE WE ALREADY GONEArtists on the Art of leaving, curated by Negin Sharifzadeh, Flickerlab New York, NY
2013 Relational Ground: Defying the Status Quo, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York NY
2012 SEE//EXHIBITION: Hara Katsiki, Francine LeClercq, Jason Peters, Laetitia Soulier, See//me exhibition space, Long Island City NY 
2012 Silences: Francine LeClercq and Lauren Greewood, Curated by Heather Kaplow, Crevice Gallery/Art Market Place, Provincetown MA
2012 Distance, Curated by RadiusTwelve, Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano, New York, NY
2011 Folles d’Hiver, Soho20 Chelsea gallery, New York NY
2010 The Dinner Table and Feminist Influences, Curated by Anna Lise Jensen (tART) AIR Gallery, New York
2010 Between the Lines, Annual Exhibition, Soho20Chelsea Gallery, New York
2009 Postcards on the Edge, (Benefit) / Metro Pictures, New York, NY
2008 Make Me An Offer, Curated by Lindsay Grace and Lu Rosenheim, 
2008 Gallery 350, The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago IL
2008 CIRCULATION, Gallery Kunstler, Rochester NY
2008 The Hague Red Cross Exhibition, Nuithus Centre, The Hague/ Netherlands
2008 Metro25, (traveling exhibition): Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Jersey City NJ, Monmouth County Public Library, Manalapan NJ, Johnson Public Library, Hackensack NJ, B. Beamsderfer Gallery, Highland Park NJ, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ 
2007 PAWNSHOP, e-FLUX, New York, October -January 2008, Project by Julieta Aranda, Liz Linden and Anton Vidokle
2007 Night of 1.000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York
2007 Postcards on the Edge, (Benefit) / James Cohan Gallery, New York
2007 Small Works (Fellowship Fund), Soho20Chelsea Gallery, New York
2006 Ideas, Images,structures, Soho20Chelsea Gallery, New York
2005 Small Works, Soho20Chelsea Gallery, New York 
2005 Public process for public architecture, Chicago Architecture Foundation, IL
2004 Ascent, Curated by Byron Kim, Local Project Gallery Queens NY
2004 Xpo Spring, Proda Studios, DUMBO2003
2004 DUMBO Art festival, 25 jay Gallery, Brooklyn NY Red, Gallery 218, Milwaukee WI 
2004 New/ New Old, Evolution, Conceptual Links, Soho20/Chelsea, New York
2004 Ready or Not, Annual Members Exhibition, Soho20/Chelsea Gallery, New York 
2004 Thrown Together, Soho20 Gallery
2004 New York International Octogon Exhibition, Romanian Cultural Center, New York
2002 International Biennial of Design III, Parc des Expositions, St Etienne/France
2000 Untitled, a group show, Soho20 Gallery, New York
2000 International Biennial of Design II, Parc des Expositions, St Etienne/France
1999 2nd Annual Chelsea Art Walk, The Art Building, New York
1999 Tkts 2K competition, Urban Center, New York NY
1998 Random Access Realities, The Art Building, New York
1998 Entr'acte, Annual Members Exhibition, Soho20 Gallery, New York
1998 Soho20 & Friends, Soho20 Gallery, New York
1997 Diversions, Annual Members Exhibition, Soho20 Gallery, New York
1997 Looking Ahead ... Glancing Back, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1997 Music & Art Center competition, Defense corp. Building, Jyvaskyla/Finland
1996 Happy Returns, Annual Members Exhibition, Soho20 Gallery, New York  
1995 Daz Letzte Haus, Steirisher Herst, Graz/Austria
1989 Les diplômes s' exposent, Centre d' Expositions du Wacken, Strasbourg/France
1986 11th Festival of Painting and Sculpture Belfort/France
1984 9th Festival of Painting and Sculpture Belfort/France
1983 8th Festival of Painting and Sculpture Belfort/France  

Books, Solo Exhibition Catalogues 

Figen Girkin, “Çağdaş Sanat ve Yeniden Üretim” (Contemporary Art and Reproductions), HayalPerest Kitap Books
“Mise en [s}cène”, Francine leClercq exhibition catalogue 2007, Text by Ali Soltani
“The Painting and The Gorgon”, Francine leClercq exhibition catalogue 2003, Text by Ali Soltani

Selected Reviews, Publications

Peripheral ARTeries Magazine, Biennial Edition 2017, Cover and interview p.4-28
Art Reveal Magazine No.11, Cover and interview p.46-51, ISBN 9781367293564
PLATFORM/PLATVORM No.2 December 2015
EUTOPIA No.3 August 2015
Tatiana Istomina, Francine LeClercq: I am your Labyrinth, Metaleptic Stories, June 7, 2015
Ali Soltani, Francine LeClercq, Eutopia. US, June 8, 2015
Claire Obry, I am your labyrinth, French Winck, June 10 2015
Laomi Lake, Francine LeClercq at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, French, May 2015
Art Ascent, Art & Literature JournalSilver Artist , International Competition in Print, August 2014, pp12-15, text by Ana Bambic Kostov
Artvoices Magazine Winter 2013
Inveroart, "I draw pictures to remember you", Review of Woking It Out/Painting Center, July 2013
Anthony BannonIn VACI"s 56th Annual, A quiet confident sense of excellence, The Chautauqua Daily, July 6, 2013

Paige CoopersteinAlbright-Knox director brings Nordic influence to Chautauqua's 56th Annual , The Chautauqua Daily, June 24, 2013
CREATIVE QUATERLY#27, September 2012
FLASHBACK 2011, Turku Foundation
Soho20artists, inc, Soho20 chelsea catalogue#3, Members catalogue 2012, LuLu publications. 
Pirkko Holmberg: “Uskonnollista Vai Nykytaidetta?”, Mustekala Magazine/Finland July 10, 2011
Santeri Seessalo: “Andy Warholin viimenen ehtoolinen” (“The last supper of Andy Warhol”), Turkulainen/Finland April 20, 2011
Lars Saari: “Nykytaidetta kirkkotilassa” (“Contemporary Art and Churches”),Turun Sanomat/Finland July 7, 2011
Perttu Ollila: “Viimeisen ehtoollisen kattaus Turun tuomiokirkossa” (“The Last Supper table setting in Turku Cathedral”), TAIDE DESIGN No.2011/03
Erika Rönngård: “Modern nattvardskonst i medeltida miljö”(“Modern Art in Medieval Setting”), Kyrkpress/Sweeden June, 2011
Lasse Raitio: “Neljä tulkintaa viimeisestä ehtoollisesta” (“Four interpretations on The last Supper”), Turun Sanomat/Finland April 16, 2011
Maria Thollix: “Warhol i domkyrkan”, Abo Underrattelser/Finland April 16, 2011
Turku 2011 foundation: “Turku/Abo 2011 Capital of Culture”, catalogue 
CREATIVE QUATERLY #18, Artist Profile: Francine LeClercq, April 2010
Soho20artists, inc, Soho20 chelsea catalogue#2, Members catalogue 2010, LuLu publications.
Valérie Robert: “Quand le film raconte l'image. Variations cinématographiques autour de le Cène de Leonardo Da Vinci”, Les Cahiers de Narratologie 2009 (Switzerland)
Deborah Baldwin, Artists In Residence, Habitats, The New York Times, 11/16/2008
Soho20artists, inc., Soho20 chelsea catalogue#1, Members catalogue 2008, LuLu publications.
Dan Bischoff, Working small but thinking big” Review: "Metro25” CWOW Newark, The Star-Ledger 11/30/2007
 “ Access: A feminist perspective” Exhibition Catalogue, Blue Pearl Press, Jan. 2007
Dan Bischoff, “ Make Room for Drawings” Review: "Drawing stage CWOW Newark, The StarLedger 09/22/2006
Carmen E. Ramos, ”Drawing Stage”, Exhibition Catalogue CWOW, Oct. 2006
Benjamin Genocchio, “ Objects at Rest” Review: "Stilled Life"/Islip Museum, The New York Times 07/22/2006
Kevin Nance, architecture critic “ Idea for city's water tanks generates award” Chicago Sun-Times 10/27/2005
Blair Kamin, architecture critic “ World's designers aim at tanks” Chicago Tribune 10/27/2005
Nancy Maes “ Can water tanks be art” Chicago Tribune 11/04/2005
Blair Kamin, architecture critic “ Invention can be a double-edged sword” Chicago Tribune 10/30/2005
Charles Storch “ Bill of Rights inspires artwork” Chicago Tribune 07/2005
PR Newswire Association Inc. “ First Amendment Sculpture chosen as centerpiece of McCormick Freedom Museum” 07/2005
Lara Allison “ Exhibit showcases monumental debates” Chicago Tribune 04/2005
Charles Storch “ Finalists named for sculpture at Tribune Tower museum” Chicago Tribune 04/2005
Ali Soltani “ The [Un (for) seeable] Paintings of Francine LeClercq” Arhitext International 2004
Dr. Livio G. Dimitriu: “The Unbearable Lightness of Tectonics”, Arhitext International 10/2004 
Ali Soltani “The Painting and the Gorgon, a reading onto the work of Francine LeClercq”, Arhitext international #9 2003
Kenneth Endick “Contemporary art inspires contemplation” Easton PA Express Times. 01/11/02International Design Biennal/Saint Etienne, Azimuts #21-22 2002
Dominick Lombardi "Exploring the gamut of contemporary art", Review: “Breaking the Rules” Katonah Museum, New York Times Weschester 06/17/01
Cate McQuaid, review: National Prize Show, Boston Sunday Globe 07/08/01 
Geoff Gehman  “Works unnerving to nervous pace at museum show” The Allentown Morning Call. 12/06/01
Ali Soltani  “An Odyssey”, Octogon International  #3/2000 p.25, 26, 27
International Design Biennal/Saint Etienne, Azimuts #18-19 2000
”Soltani-LeClercq, the game of shapes", Octogon International #3 1999 “Daz Letzte Haus”, Ed. Hajte 1995, p. 85, 234, 249
Wendy Silverstein,“A place for everything”, American Home Style magazine, Apr. 1995, p.24, 30
AL “Aesthetic additives”, Interior Design Magazine Nov.1993, p.s10, s11
Elizabeth Kiel Lamic.“Francine Leclercq, between painting and architecture” Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, June 1989

Online publications on demand