On March 3, 2015, the Maryland State Arts Council announced its Individual Artist Awards. Fran won a $1,000 award in the category of Crafts. Awardees are selected on the basis of artistic merit by an out-of-state jury. No name or resume is connected to the application.
Fran's Artwork Wins International Award
On May 2, 2014, the International Polymer Clay Association announced its 2014 International Polymer Clay Award winners (http://polymerclaydaily.com/progress-possibilities-2014-winners/). Named Best in 2D Art is a piece titled "Warmth of the Fire" by Rockville, MD artist Fran Abrams. Her work has been widely exhibited and has won local, regional and national recognition. This competition measured her work against polymer clay artists from around the world.
Fran's Artwork Featured in The Polymer Arts Magazine
Another means of varying the contours and dimensionality of a piece is to be found at the intersection of polymer and fabric. This has been a major source of inspiration for Fran Abrams.
Fran's Artwork "Stands Out" in Online Review
During May 2013, Fran's work was included in an exhibit of seven artists at Gallery B in Bethesda, MD. Here's what the reviewer, Claudia Rousseau, had to say on Gazette.net where a photo of "Edge of the Earth" also was posted.
[I]n a show like this, a few will always stand out and are definitely worth a look. Fran Abrams, represented with fifteen pieces in her signature medium of colored polymer clay, is among the best. Abrams works directly with the clay which she fashions into ribbon-like reliefs. The vivid colors are achieved by mixing the clay itself—no painting is involved. I particularly liked the ones with brilliant blues or reds and golds like “Edge of the Earth” and “Warmth of the Fire.”
Fran's Artwork Reviewed in The Washington Post
Fran's solo show titled "Black, White and In Between," was reviewed on March 30, 2012 in The Washington Post. Here's what the reviewer, Mark Jenkins, had to say:
In “Black White and In Between,” Fran Abrams paints with clay. Not on clay; the polymer modeling material she uses already has pigment impregnated into it. For these works, which are on display at Foundry Gallery, Abrams chose only black, white and shades of gray, which she aligns in squares within black boxes.
Although the Maryland artist uses simple squares and angles and a limited color scheme, she adds a third dimension: texture. The clay ripples and folds, suggesting folded or painted fabric — sometimes there’s a herringbone design — or water in its various forms. Some patterns suggest swirled ice cream from a world in which Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors but no colors.
“Snowmaggedon” is all white, but with a wealth of shapes creased into the clay. In a sense, “Black White and In Between” is a variation on some of the abstract painting of 50 years ago. Like that work, Abrams relies on the tension between a spartan palette and sensuous forms. These pieces are more sculpture than paintings, yet they could be described as painterly.