Francie in studio

In the Studio

Meet Francie

“My work is a series of studies and reflections on how pattern emerges from random events, how random events form memory, and how the passage of time shapes a life. The work evokes the unknown or unknowable, and draws on the ordering principles of mathematics and science to contemplate how order and sequence are created from disconnected events.” Hester has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Freddie Mac, Capital One, KPMG, Covington & Burling and the International Monetary Fund. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. Hester’s commissioned works include a 1996 piece for the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International and an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law. In addition, she has created large-scale sculptural aluminum paintings for ASHA, Booz Allen Hamilton and NEA Member Benefits. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan.


2014 Feature Artist, Sarah Sargent, Virginia Living Magazine,
July/Aug 2014

“Layer by Layer”, Tina Coplan, Home and Design
Magazine, July/Aug 2014

“Art Takes on a Language of its Own”, Michael O’Sullivan,
The Washington Post, 5/23/14


2013 “Featured Art Work”, Julie Sandersi, Home and Design
Magazine, May/June 2013.

2012 “Fluid”, Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, 5/31/2012.

2011 “Commission- Civic Building Silver Spring”, Dickinson,
Elizabeth Evitts, Inform Magazine, 1/31/2007.

2010 “Interview on Timepiece Series”, Art Miami TV

2008 “Personal Geometry”, Mellerna, Kevin, Northern Virginia
Art Beat, Falls Church News-Press Online, 2/06/08.

2007 Bexley Native Takes a Shine to Aluminum Panels”, Bill
Myer, Columbus Dispatch, 5/3/2007.
Washington Woman Artists at Osuna”, Dawson, Jessica,
The Washington Post, 12/17/2007.

2006 “Hot Pick”, “Francie Hester at Anton Gallery”, Monterey
County Weekly, 3/30–4/4/06.
“DC ALMANAC, What’s Happening”, CITY DESK,
“Silence Speaks: Three creations by one artist at Anton
Gallery open into a personal world” Barnes, Crystal,
Monterey County Weekly and montereycountyweekly.
com/issues/Issue.05-04-2006/gall… 5/20/06.

2005 “Articulation”, installation review, Daily Campello Report.

1997 George Howell, Art Papers, 7-8/97.
Suzanne Summers, Articulate, 4/96.

1996 Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post, 10/96.

1995 Lucy Blankenstein, Koan, 12/95.
Cynthia Redecker, The Moscow Times, 10/96.

1992 Mary McCoy, The Washington Post, 4/92.

1990 Jim Mahoney, Eyewash, 4/90.

1986 Patrick Finnegan, Washington Art Reporter, Summer.

One/Two Person Exhibitions

upcoming July 2016, Plateau Gallery, Berlin, Germany

upcoming Oct 2016, Kaller Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2014 Susan Eley Gallery, New York, NY

Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA

Kaller Fine Arts, Washington, DC

Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

2007 Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2006 Anton Gallery, Monterey, CA

2005 Pyramid Atlantic, Articulation,

Silver Spring, MD

2002 Anton Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2001 Landow Gallery, Bethesda, MD

1996 Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC

1996 Rayburn Building, U.S. Congress, Washington, DC

Group Exhibitions

2016 Art in Embassies, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2014 “Words and Letters”, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

2013 “Hickok Cole”, WPA, Washington, D.C.

“Green Chalk Contemporary Annual Invitational Brilliant    Art Show”, Green Chalk.  Contemporary, Monterey, CA

“GCC/Inaugural Exhibition”, Green Chalk Contemporary,    Monterey, CA

2012 CAN Gallery, Rockville, MD

Hickok Cole, WPA, Washington,D.C.

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, D.C.

2009 Osuna Gallery, Bethesda, MD

2008 Osuna Gallery, Bethesda, MD

Emerson Gallery, McLean, VA

2006 Art in Embassies, Amman, Jordan

Art Salon, NYC, NY

Anton Gallery, Monterey, CA.

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2005 Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD

2003 Maryland College of Art Camp, Design, Silver Spring, MD

2002 Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD

1999 Montgomery County Grant Recipients, Rockville Arts   Place, MD

1998 Emerson Gallery, Strictly Painting, McLean, VA

Artscape ‘98, 10 Viewing Stations, Baltimore, MD

1997 “Janus II”, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

1995 “22-Washington-Moscow”, ELitE Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Corporate Collections

Philips Global, Washington, D.C.

Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.. New York City

Ernst & Young, Washington, DC

Capital One, Washington, D.C.

Freddie Mac, Washington, D.C.

International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.

KPMG International

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Nationwide Insurance Company, Columbus, OH

Promontory Financial, Washington, D.C.

World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Washington, D.C.

What Francie is tweeting about

The Process