Francesca Costanzo


Visual Art

Film & Video

THE CELLO SONG, 2019

RITUAL: Art in Motion, 2018

We are All Immigrants, 2018

DACA in Philly, 2017

COMPLEXION: DARK, 2017

Artist's Biography

Francesca Costanzo was born and raised in Philadelphia. As a student of art, she studied graphic design and advertising at The Philadelphia College of Art (now UArts).After a very successful career in marketing communications and advertising, Ms. Costanzo took an early retirement to focus on her own artistic endeavors.

Artist's Statement

As a multi-media artist, I believe I have a responsibility to use my work as a platform for journalism, advocacy, and personal expression for social change.My current series —The Eyes of America—is an ongoing visual arts project begun in 2017 that uses film, photography, spoken word, and installation to illustrate the urgency of bringing issues of immigration and feminism to the forefront. It is an event that brings viewers into a sacred space where they can be with the art, to superimpose their own points of view, draw their own conclusion.

Selected Exhibitions

Video & Film
2018
Complexion: Dark, Philly Cam (Community Media Center), Philadelphia, PA
Four weekly TV Broadcasts of 10-minute short film

Philly Cam Artist Invitation
Live Screening

2017
Complexion: Dark, Fringe Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Invitation, Live Screening

Complexion: Dark, Docs Without Borders Online Film Festival
Honorable Mention

2011
What If You Knew Her, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Film Screening

Visual Art
2019
Visual Democracy, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Gaby Heit

3rd Street Gallery Annual Member Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Artist's Equity Fall Annual Show
Juror: Thora Jacobson

Self Portrait: SCAR, LA Photo Center, Los Angeles, CA
Juried Exhibition

Personally Speaking, International House Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Katherine Kurtz

3rd Street Gallery Annual Member Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Video Presentation: Unanue, Artist in Motion

2017
Complexion: Dark short film, Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Harry Philbrick

3rd Street Gallery Annual Member Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2016
3rd Street Gallery Annual Member Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015
3rd Street Gallery Annual Member Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Cheltenham Arts Center Annual, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Richard Rosenfeld

3rd Street Gallery Annual Member Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Artist Invitation, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA
Installation

2011
Italian Consulate Anniversary, Complexion: Dark Slide Show, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Grants

2019
Puffin Foundation Grant for Film and Video

Affiliations

2019 - present
InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA
Member Artist

2013 - present
3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Member Artist

Education

2009 - 2010
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Creative Suite Studies and Web Design Theory

1976 - 1980
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Associate Degree Studies
Graphic Design and Advertising Major
Sculpture Minor