Francine Francis is a Mi’kmaq visual artist from Metepenagiag First Nation, New Brunswick. She is influenced by her love of the land and the wild animals and she takes pride in her Mi’kmaq culture and continues to integrate the double-curve, porcupine quill design motifs along with Mi’kmaq language, petroglyphs and hieroglyphs in her work.
She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Aboriginal Fine Arts from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, now known as the First Nations University in Regina, Saskatchewan.She has served as a Board member for the New Brunswick Arts Board, the New Brunswick Craft Council and served as a juror for the Canada Council and ArtsNB.
Most recently, Francine has participated in group exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, “Materiality and Perception in Contemporary Atlantic Art”, 2019 -2020, “Everything is gonna be fine” 2019, Gallery on Queen, “Re/newal”, 2019. Past exhibitions at The McCains Gallery ,Florenceville, the Moncton and Saint John Museums, Artcadienne Gallery, Miramichi, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and in Yarmouth, The Khyber Art Centre in Halifax, the Rosemont Gallery in Regina, Galerie Schloss Monchental in Germany and Deutsche Werkstaetten Hellerau, Dresden, Germany.
She has participated in Artist Residencies which include an Artist-in-School Residency at Metepenagiag Elementary School, the Metepenagiag Heritage Park, the Deanery Project “Path We Share” Artist Residency in Lower Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth. Her work is in permanent collections at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, The New Brunswick Art Bank, Fredericton, New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, NB., The Province of Saskatchewan, Regina, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Amherst, Nova Scotia, The Toronto Dominion Bank in Fredericton, The Metepenagiag Heritage Park and the New Brunswick Community College in Miramichi, The Department of Fishery and Oceans, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.