faculty profile

Frances McCormack
Associate Professor

I make large abstract oil paintings and works on paper. My work grows out of a number of influences, but all of them involve visual form and its capacity to carry meaning. My primary research has been the history of gardens, in particular the desert garden and the walled gardens of the near east and their associations with the idea of Paradise. I have worked in Rome at the American Academy, spending time at sites such as Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este, and Villa Lante, among others; in Spain at the Alhambra; in Mexico visiting the work of the architect Luis Barragan; and in Greece with the philosopher Betty Smith following a long interest in Greek mythology. Richard Diebenkorn, Henri Matisse, and Charles Burchfield are all significant influences.

I am currently collaborating with the San Francisco composer Kurt Rohde, working on a theatrical piece involving Kurt’s music, my images and dance. I am represented by the Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco and the R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • Gallery Selections, R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2011
  • Group Exhibition, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2010
  • Frances McCormack, New Work, Elins Eagles Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2009
Selected Publications: 
  • “Silence, Exile and Cunning,” Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Curator and Catalog essay, July 2010
  • Kenneth Baker, “New Paintings,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 2009
  • Frank Cebulski, “New Paintings,” San Francisco Examiner, November 2009
  • “From the Ground Up,” Palo Alto Art Center catalogue essay, Signe Mayfield, July, 2007
  • BA, English, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • MFA, Painting, University of California, Berkeley