Frank Alston is an artist and educator, with practices based in community and exploration.

      In art and in education, Frank uses pieces of their own lived experiences and perspective to reach a public audience and give seeds of ideas for growth, health, and good condition. Their work is created and shared with the intent to create community, inspire relationships, and give strength to action.

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Originally from Maryland, they now live in Philadelphia, and are never without thought as to their familial roots in North Carolina. As their work is an investigative practice of self, Frank Alston asks: 

 

“How do we create community? How do I share my story? How do I create community? How do I inspire others to be empowered to do the same?”

 

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“These are the questions that drive me and my work. Nourishment and growth, at all levels. Always questioning the nuance of identity and relationships, my art attempts to document these thoughts or inspire interaction- inspire action. In all of my work, intention is given to spatial environments and cultural histories.”


 

From 2011-2015, Frank Alston attended the University of Maryland, where they graduated from with a B.A in Fine Arts. Throughout their undergraduate career, Frank Alston applied themselves to also studying social sciences and working within communities in the DC metro area. Continuing this work, Frank Alston has grown their career as an artist alongside their career as an educator, activist, and community member.With community and identity often on the forefront of their minds, Frank hopes to inspire action and thought with their work.

Always questioning the nuance of identity and relationships, Frank's art attempts to document these thoughts or inspire interaction. In all of their work, intention is given to spatial environments and cultural histories. 

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-----------------------------------------------------Education

 

University of Maryland, College Park

Received December 2015

College Park, MD

B.A. in Studio Art
 

-----------------------------------------------------Group Exhibitions

2020 One Year Birthday Party, Ikattha Space, Mumbai, India 

2019 A Library for You, Anytime Dept, Cincinnati OH

 

2018 Let’s Connect, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia PA

 

2015 Sadat for Peace, Herman Marill Gallery, College Park MD

 

2014 I N E R T I A, Herman Marill Gallery, College Park MD


 

-----------------------------------------------------Residencies

 

2018 Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Artist in Residence, Finalist, PA

 

-----------------------------------------------------Murals

 

2018 “New Horizons” by Odili Odita

Tyler School of Art, Dean's Suite

Installation Team

 

2017   Marion Street Intergenerational Garden, Washington, DC

 

2017   Fine Lines Paint Jam, Washington DC

 

2017   Broccoli City Festival, Washington DC

 

*All Murals designed and installed by myself, unless otherwise indicated.


 

-----------------------------------------------------Awards

 

2015   Colonel Wharton Award,  College Park MD