Director’s Letter

Debra Burchett-Lere at Sam Francis exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, 2014. Wall photo: Sam Francis at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, c. 1962. Photo by Marvin Silver.

Debra Burchett-Lere at Sam Francis exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, 2014.
Wall photo: Sam Francis at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, c. 1962. Photo by Marvin Silver.

A Welcome Hello

 

We invite you to explore the Sam Francis Foundation’s new website which includes several sections pertaining to the documentation and expansion of Francis’s oeuvre, including an online living Catalogue Raisonné of the unique works on paper to be launched in the summer of 2015. Through our efforts to continue Francis’s vision we are also pleased to announce a new series of activities ensuring the ongoing exposure to and understanding of his creative legacy and vision.

 

Following Francis’s death in 1994, we have endeavored to organize and digitize his archives (regularly updated at the Getty Research Institute) and work with ARS on copyrights and image use enabling his work to be available for museums, exhibitions, and educational institutions. One of our major projects to date is the publication of Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994 published in 2011 by UC Press (Berkeley). In addition, we continue to provide resources for individuals to obtain educational information on specific artworks as well as encouraging the greater public to discover his oeuvre with our art donations to museums and universities, exhibitions programming, and publications. An international Call for Works invites individuals from around the world to submit their Francis works for inclusion to our ongoing research.

 

Our small, but energetic team values the opportunity to enhance the foundation’s mission. Beth Ann Whittaker-Williams, Beth Silverman, Leila Elliott, Stephanie Velazquez, Megan Salas, Brittany Binder, Ted Ridgeway, Marc Walker, and Allan Peach are dedicated to the transformative power of art as a force for change.

 

Please join our mailing list to receive monthly updates by email of activities when they happen. Thank you for being a part of our journey to educate, inform, and catalyze new thinking and creativity in our society. To quote Francis: My imagination will attempt the future…

 

Debra Burchett-Lere
Executive Director