Art As Social Inquiry



The moodiness of Paris circa 1973

The moodiness of Paris circa 1973

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MostHealth Care in the United States: This is  a series of what will be100+ paintings depicting a cross-section of people in the US.  The titles of the paintings describe the kind of health insurance coverage or lack of coverage the sitters have…[more]
MostHow We die: The first painting of the series is of President Obama weighted down with all the mass murders from assault weapons. It is a plea to our president to lead in making these horrors stop. I have been fascinated by death for decades …[more]
MostTracking Town Halls: Do Unscripted Constituent Public Gatherings Matter?:  I thought attending town hall meetings in my district would be easy. Town hall meetings are a staple of American democracy.  I never dreamed that trying to attend them would become an issue unto itself. …[more]
MostImmigration: The goal of this painting is to create a focal point on which we can place our national discourse on the subject of undocumented workers a.k.a. illegal immigrants.[more]
MostWar: There are all kinds of war in society. The wars between nations are the most obvious example. There are “wars” among family members, and personal struggles…[more]

Art Social Change Talk Photo

Theresa takes ASI’s portrait series about healthcare on the road…
Bits of performance art, conversation and information, this talk is the story of a former business owner who reignited a love affair with art, and ended up the accidental advocate for access to healthcare.  Information about booking this talk for your group is HERE. 

“Such an inspiration. I was in this class today. Thanks for coming!”  Bonnie S. student, Rutgers School of Social Work

“You come well endorsed!” Cheryl O.A., Buxmont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

 2012 Five Months of “Standing” for Access To Healthcare: The portraits tell the story. Behind every medical bankruptcy, untreated chronic disease, and death due to lack of access to healthcare there is a face.  Haunted by these faces and stories, the artist squared off with her government in Washington DC, and at home in Pennsylvania using her First Amendment right of free speech and assembly.  Five months of “standing” with portraits in our nation’s capital changes a person. The artist shares a personal story of transformation in her latest talk  5.16.12 Capitol Rep. Schakowsky 5.23.12 Kid Support 3.28.12 ACA at SCOTUS #9 3.28.12 ACA at SCOTUS #58 3.27.12 We're a tourist attraction 2012  22Photo Journal, Vivi Francis at SCOTUS 2012-02-28 16.15.14 2012  10 Photo Journal, Vivi Francis at SCOTUS   Art As Social Inquiry is the recipient of a 2013 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant. The grant will fund paintings 50 -63 of a 100 painting series on access to healthcare in the United States. 


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