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.


Lyshak began her artistic career in New York’s East Village in the 1970s, developing a style of painting that explores emotional themes from a feminist perspective. In 1993, she staged a key exhibition, “The Secret,” that explored her recovery from childhood sexual abuse, and published an accompanying book of the same title. After this project, Lyshak’s aesthetic began a gradual shift from figuration toward color field and monochrome abstraction, and work with incised handwritten text.


 Her work has been reviewed by J. Vojtko and discussed in New York magazine, and she has been interviewed in the online journal firstindigoandlifestyle. Her work is represented in the collection of the Bronx Psychiatric Center, and in private collections in the US and UK. 


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.

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