I was born in Brooklyn, New York and received my Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Art/Ed from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. My art career included 15 years as an art teacher: five years in New York and ten years in Florida. I now reside in Boca Raton, Florida. I earned a post-graduate ED.S degree from Nova University, Davie, FL for SLD instruction. Many of my Florida art students were new residents in the U.S.A. and often shared their multi-cultural artistic experiences. The discovery of Chinese Zhe Zhi modular paper folding was such a cultural experience taught to me by one of my art students. Now, after researching the technique, working in this unique paper medium allows me to create my own organic forms and give a singular voice to the unity of many.
My paper sculptures have been juried into many exhibitions in Florida including: The Scripps Research Center: Nexus: Science + Art; The Rosen Gallery International Biennial, ‘08,’10,’12; The Armory Art Center; The Von Liebig Art Center; Rossetti Art Gallery, The Artist’s Guild Gallery; The 110 Art Gallery; The Cornell Museum; and The 2011 – 60th Annual – All Florida Exhibition and Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. I have numerous first place awards and a great many other honors.
More recently and importantly, my work has received the First Place Award at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2010 Biennial, in Boca Raton, Florida. Also, my portfolio of work has recently been awarded the Mastermind Art Grant for South Florida and The Art Craft Award: Rosen Gallery Biennial 2012. I have lectured on the history and technique of Chinese Zhe Zhi paper sculpture to various professional art groups. My portfolio may be seen on the web at FranceneLevinson.com. The possibilities are endless. The exploration is engaging. The results are inspiring.