Big Sperm, mixed media, color photograph on Polystyrene, 4’x4′. 2019

Franc Palaia Studio: 120 Old Albany Post Road, Rhinebeck 12572 | 845-505-3123 | Handicap accessible /

Franc Palaia is a Rhinebeck-based artist working in multiple mediums that include photography, murals, sculpture, public art, artist’s books and independent curator. He is also an educator, writer, signmaker, graphic artist, gallerist, art tour guide, musician, film and TV producer and host. He has curated over 20 group exhibits on photography in the U.S. and in Italy with reviews in the New York Times and Village Voice. He has received several commissions for public art from NJ and NY Transit among others.

Franc has been included in over 300 group shows and 45 solo-shows, regionally, nationally and internationally. Awards include 20 grants, fellowships and residencies that include the prestigious Rome Prize Fellowship, two Polaroid Sponsorships and a L.Comfort Tiffany grant and numerous NJ and several Dutchess County Arts Council grants. Exhibitions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art annex, LA MoCA , O.K. Harris gallery, Dorsky Museum, Center for Photography in Woodstock and the Fundacio Salvador Dali-Gala in Spain and many others. His works are in dozens of private and public collections such as MoMA, Brooklyn and Newark Museums, sen Frank Lautenberg, and singer Diana Ross. He has worked and collaborated with noted artists such as Salvador Dali, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Wilson, Crash, Jean Michel Basquiat and Richard Hambleton among others. Franc was selected “Distinguished Alumni of 2012 “ by Kean University in New Jersey.