Francie Lyshak studied art history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, then traveled to Paris to study painting for a summer. Returning to the United States, she studied for a BFA at the Center for Creative Studies and Wayne State University, both in Detroit. After earning an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute, New York, she designed and led community art service programs in New York and New Orleans and launched an art therapy program at Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. This professional immersion in art as a therapeutic tool influenced the focus of her subsequent visual practice on psychological experience.
Francie Lyshak has exhibited in solo exhibitions at venues around New York including, most often, La Mama La Galleria and Carter Burden Gallery. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including La Mama La Galleria, Denise Bibro Fine Art, A.I.R. Gallery, RC Fine Arts, Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Carter Burden Gallery, and Stephen Harvey Fine Arts, showing work with curators and jurors including Alice Neel, Patterson Sims, and Paulina Pobocha.
Lyshak is the recipient of awards at competitions and events including the First Annual Prize Competition, Provincetown Arts Association and Museum; Museum of the Hudson Highlands Fourth Annual Competition, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; and Annual Faber Birren National Color Award. An upcoming one-person exhibition of her work is scheduled at The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College in 2021.
Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Exhibition Part IA Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Art by 11 Artists 1 Jul - 15 Sep 2020Cross Contemporary Partners launches a new virtual art exhibition space dedicated to digital representation of artwork on the internet. The Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Exhibition Part I presents eleven established artists whose distinguished careers span decades. The artists: Anne Hieronymus , Sol Hill , Kaethe Kauffman , Victoria Lowe ,...
Instagram Virtual Studio Visit, Cross Contemporary Art, June 2020,
Francie Lyshak-About Painting at Carter Burden Gallery 5th Anniversary Show Catalogue, 2014.
Indiana, Gary. One Brief Scuzzy Moment. New York Magazine, 12/6/04. pp. 48-52
KBOO Radio, Portland, Oregon. Panelist on July 30, 2002, on the topic of child abuse
Lyshak-Stelzer, F. The Secret: Art & Healing from Sexual Abuse, Safer Society Press, Brandon, VT, 1999
Vojtko, J. Spirts of the Deep: Francie Lyshak and Basil Twist at the Ocean of Infinite Metaphor, pp. 5-11. Review, 10-1-98
Vojtko, J. The Science and Art of Pain Management: Notes on the Nascent of Surrealist Epiphany, p. 11. Review, 1-15-98.