Ke Francis joined the UCF faculty in 1996 and also serves as Chair of the Art Department. Mr. Francis has an enviable international reputation, based on his aggressive multimedia productions as a printmaker, painter, ceramicist, bookmaker, installation artist and writer. In 1979, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Mr. Francis founded Hoopsnake Press, which has published 75 editions. At UCF, he continues to manage and publish limited edition art books and multimedia prints for the press, while he also oversees the productions of the University’s Flying Horse Press. Some of Mr. Francis’ recent invitational exhibition activities include Breaking Barriers, National Museum of American Crafts, NY, current; An American Renaissance, Curated by Dr. Maria Louisa Borras, 1996 Olympic games, Atlanta, tours Europe; Bounty from the Block; 100 Years of American Colored Woodcuts, Elvehjern Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, 1993; Crossing Over/Changing Places, sponsored by USIA, tours eastern and western Europe 1991-96; and The Blues Aesthetic; Black Culture and Modernism, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D. C., 1989, toured to New York, Los Angeles, and Houston.
Mr. Francis has been honored with more than 25 one-man exhibitions and his works are included in many public collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; J. P. Getty Museum and Library, Los Angeles; High Museum, Atlanta; Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution; Grants and fellowships which he has received were awarded by: The Rockefeller Foundation (1990), The Polaroid Foundation (1990), Individual Artist’s Grant, Mississippi Arts Commission (1988); Award for the Visual Arts, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (1997); Susan B. Herron Literary and Visual Arts Fellowship awarded by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the N. E. A. (1993); and the Southern Arts Federation Fellowship in Sculpture (1987).