Frances McCormack

Associate Professor

Frances McCormack is an abstract painter whose work draws on the history of gardens and landscape design. She was the recipient of the first SFAI faculty residency at the American Academy in Rome, curator the exhibition Silence, Exile, and Cunning for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and recently collaborated with the San Francisco composer Kurt Rohde and the writer Sue Moon, producing a series of videos for the multimedia work Artifacts.  “Artifacts” opened at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012 and is currently traveling to venues on the east coast. McCormack is represented by the Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, and the R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, California.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • Ever Reluctant, R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2014
  • ​Frances McCormack, New Work, Elins Eagles Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2009
  • From the Ground Up, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA,  2007

Selected Publications: 

  • “Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views,” Schiffer Press, Lauren Della Monica, 2013
  • “Silence, Exile and Cunning,” Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Curator and Catalog essay, July 2010
  • Kenneth Baker, “New Paintings,” San Francisco Chronicle, 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