BiographyRebecca (Becky) Franklin was born in 1983 and graduated from Luther College with a BA in art in 2005. While at Luther she completed work-study programs with the Luther Galleries and also the Luther College Fine Arts Collection, where she helped refine and develop the Fine Arts Collection website. During the summer of 2004 she interned under Mike Brenner, director and curator of the Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee and executive director of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. Those experiences led her to establish an annual endowed scholarship at Luther College in 2007 for current Luther students hoping to pursue professional art internships outside the studio.
In 2004 Franklin was selected to create a work for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Beastie Beat” outdoor sculpture display in downtown Milwaukee. In 2006-07 she participated in two other public art projects, “Passing Through” and “Out of the Box,” through the Milwaukee Art Service Corp, and she was featured in interviews for the projects in The Marquette Tribune and MKE. She was a featured guest artist in “Love and Loneliness,” a 2007 exhibit at the Current Gallery of Fine Art and Unusual Finds in Menomonee Falls, WI, and from 2007-09 paintings from her series, Heartwork II, were displayed at the Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago.
Franklin feels that public art is “an important way of expressing oneself that shouldn’t be overlooked. It is a great way to open discussion and visual expression through ideas.”
Her painting, Consoling Hearts, is part of a larger Heartworks series and was included in “Celebrating Connections: Forty Years of Artistic Dialogue,” a 2008 exhibit at Luther College that featured the work of Douglas Eckheart and selected alumni artists on the occasion of Eckheart’s retirement from teaching at Luther.
Source of BiographyThe Marquette Tribune, Oct. 12, 2006