Fran Lightman Gibson

Fran Lightman Gibson

Contact Information

frangibsonart@yahoo.com

Phone: (610) 308-5365

http://www.frangibson.com

Gallery

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

2016
Morgan Gallery, Corrales, NM


Painting

Philadelphia Series

New Mexico Series

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

2018 Cerulean Arts Collective, Member

Artist's Statement

This is the year of living vicariously. 

I started several paintings at the beginning of 2020 with the understanding that I was revisiting a familiar place, My City: Philadelphia. 

By the time March came around, and the pandemic began for real, I was way invested in life on the streets. At that point, with the quarantine in full gear, I was afraid that the city was feeling abandoned and isolated. I worried for my fellow Philadelphians, living inside for an extended time.

By June, I decided to drive through the city and see for myself, only to find that life had started up again, reemerged and renewed in a unique way. New construction started or many projects continued. People were still the main attraction, in crosswalks and on sidewalks on their way to local shops and restaurants. They were tasting the places that were all so familiar.

I never stop feeling the enriched energy but will always remember the quiet drone of underlying isolation and discomfort.

When I walk through my city, Philadelphia, I hear the rhythms of The Roots, the harmonies of Boys to Men, the kick-ass smack of Patti Labelle, the audaciousness of Pink, the celebration of oneself in Walt Whitman, and the complex river patterns in Thomas Eakins’ Schuylkill River. It's crowded on the streets with all that activity, but it’s always the same. Philadelphia, my city.

When I paint the city, it's from a deep feeling of understanding the place I never left and always return to say: 

I know your strengths - I know your faults - I have an abiding love of you, My City: Philadelphia.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
New Landscapes, High Point Café, Philadelphia, PA

2014
New Work, Merion Art, Ardmore, PA

Three-person
2014
Philadelphia Artists, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2017
154th Small Painting Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2015
New Mexico Paintings, Morgan Gallery, Corrales, NM

New Work, Heron Crest Studios, Aston, PA

2014
Large Format Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Artists’ Work, Heron Crest Studios, Aston, PA

2013
Large Format Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Artists’ Work, Heron Crest Studios, Aston, PA

2012
Artists’ Work, Heron Crest Studios, Aston, PA

Artspace, Lansdowne, PA

1975
More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1974
Artists Choose Artists, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

Publications

2015
Yates, Ernest, En Route from the Capital, Poems of Philadelphia,  Xlibris Corporation
(cover art)

Professional Experience

2009-2010
Lecturer, European and American Art Survey Course, Haverford Township Evening School, Haverford, PA

Awards and Honors

1979
Graduate Grant, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1973
Bocour Prize for Painting, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Collections

Works included in many private collections

Education

1979
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MA, Graduate Grant

1973
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Bocour Prize for Painting