Myesha Francis is a distinguished visual artist, curator, and accomplished arts entrepreneur, renowned for her outstanding contributions to the field. Her artistic legacy includes notable placements in esteemed public and private collections, notably The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Academically, Myesha holds a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Texas at Arlington, supplemented by an M.A. in Museum Studies from Southern University at New Orleans. Her international exposure includes focused studies in art expertise at the Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute in Florence, Italy, and extensive exploration of visual arts and artists in Rwanda, Senegal, Ethiopia, and Cameroon.
Beyond her artistic pursuits, Myesha has demonstrated a profound commitment to education. She has effectively imparted knowledge and inspiration to diverse audiences, ranging from school classrooms to the innovative platforms of her business ventures. Notable among these are the paint and sip sessions offered by Passion 2 Paint and the Kids Ka Doodle program, both instrumental in fostering creativity among participants.
Myesha's exemplary contributions have earned her prestigious awards in arts entrepreneurship and organizational excellence. Recognizing her achievements, Essence Music Fest, Sundial Corporation, The Asante Awards, and The St. Louis Museum of Art have all honored her with distinctions, including the esteemed title of Romare Bearden Fellow. In summary, Myesha Francis stands as a paragon of professionalism and excellence within the realm of visual arts and arts education.
The work I create is a visual representation of my personal spiritual journey across space and time. Whether it is an abstract painting reflecting my connection with "love and light" or a jazz piece expressing my wild, spontaneous nature, all of my work is about my constant quest to align and live fully in the flow of the one true essence.
Through studying various religions, cultures and people, my summation of life and spirituality is simple - There is only One God and God is Love. My work and my life is thus an expression of the realization of that love and connection with what I like to call "The Soul of the World."
“It is mostly in the posture of surrender that I find myself coming alive. I become more present, more engaged, more aware and in the flow of life. It is in this space where I express myself best creatively and become one- Wild with the waves! Whether I am painting jazz, abstraction, or figurative beings of light, my work is just a continuous and ever evolving expression of my inner most passions and relationship with the divine as I live in the flow.“
She Believed She Could - So She Did
Awards and Achievements
Outstanding Arts Organization Award- Asante Awards Organization
Essence and Madam CJ Walker Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence in the Arts
Selected as a Romare Bearden fellow of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Recipient of a $25k Fundraiser for a One Year Artist Sabbatical - Exodus Summit
-Star Entrepreneur Award from B.A.S.E.
-Honorary Arts Chair 2011- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Margaret Burroughs Wright Fellowship, Association of African American Museums
Dr. Leeta Allen Haynes’ Award for Academic Excellence
Contributor to The Oprah Bracelet Project, a Fairwinds Trading initiative, enabling women artists from New Orleans and Rwanda to heal from trauma through art. Ms. Winfrey successfully sold the bracelets in Macy’s.
Studied art in Florence, Italy, and surveyed visual artists in East and West Africa.
The Story of my Business as an Art Entrepreneur
Although my work is still currently on display in New Orleans, LA - (click here to book an appointment to view work) -
M. Francis Gallery is now primarily an online based business where I teach and share my creative works.
I first opened the doors of my first gallery space in 2009 in a small upper room at the Entergy Innovation Center located in the Upper 9th ward of New Orleans. Just six months later, the gallery moved to 604 Julia Street in the heart of the Arts District of New Orleans, becoming the 2nd and only African American owned art gallery in the Warehouse District. At this location, I curated monthly art exhibitions featuring several new, emerging and established artists. Within two years, the gallery transformed to become a studio space as well, offering paint and sip parties and kids art classes. Over the course of four and a half years at this location, business grew and was propelled into finding a larger, more suitable location to host its growing art shows and painting parties.
In 2014, the gallery moved to a location just outside of the French Quarter called the Faubourg (neighborhood) Marigny where it continued to grow and prosper until a sale of the building forced the business to move again.
Two years later, the gallery moved to O.C. Haley Blvd. where it lived for just six months. In 2018 the business moved to 2007 Orleans Ave. where it operated for two years before closing its physical location.
Well, it's 2021 now y'all and the journey of M. Francis Gallery has been interesting to say the least. Shortly after Covid-19 Pandemic hit last year in 2020, I moved the business into my now home studio. I still exhibit and sell work online and plan to offer a few new offerings soon. Stay tuned and much love!!!
604 Julia St.