CRAIG FRANKOWSKI



Craig Frankowski has resided in Arizona since 1983 having come from Ohio, where he was born and raised. His art education began at any early age.  While attending elementary school, he also studied art at the Toledo Museum of Art. He majored in art throughout his school years while attending college at Bowling Green University, Ohio State University, and Columbus college of Art And Design. 

After college, he continued his art with freelance work and small art shows, but concentrated his time and talents in woodworking, and eventually in lighting and lighting design.  He achieved the highest degree in lighting as a Certified Lighting Designer.  Craig has spend over 20 years in lighting, now serving as President of Designed Lighting, which is a lighting design/consulting firm for residential and commercial businesses.  He is also affiliated with Lighting Unlimited, a multi-store lighting business in Arizona. 

Several years ago, a new endeavor was put into his oil painting, with emphasis on

floral subject matter and, recently, in abstract designs and pen and ink drawings.  His renewed interest in painting was also motivated by his desire to control his hand motor coordination brought on by symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.  (It does seem to be helping, by the way.)

Craig is currently a member of the Peoria Fine Arts Association, WHAM-art, and the Arizona Art Alliance, to which he was juried in 2007.  He received an Honorable Mention in the Fall Arizona Artists Guild show of 2008.  Past art shows have been the AAA Fall and Spring Shows, the Glendale Fine Art Show, the West Valley Art Museum Show, the Peoria Arts Commission Spring Show and, in 2009, he received an Honorable Mention at the Arizona State Fair.

In 2010, he was juried into the Saguaro Ranch Park Glendale Fine Arts Show, the Shemer Art Museum’s “Alive” Show, and the Peoria “Celebration of Artists” Spring Show.  Recent exhibits include the Arizona Art Alliance’s juried Attorney General office exhibit, and the AAG juried Fall Fine Art Exhibit, 2011.  2012 brought the Peoria Celebration of Fine Arts Spring Show, and the Arizona Artists Guild’s juried fine art show in Scottsdale.

In the fall of 2012, Craig was honored with Best 0f Show at the Peoria Fine Arts Association’s Fall Show, as well as receiving two honorable mentions at the Arizona State Fair.  At the 2013 State Fair, he received a fourth place ribbon.  As part of a WHAM-art exhibit, Craig has two paintings at the Arizona State Capitol Building.  In January of 2014, The Glendale Fine Arts Show awarded Craig an honorable mention.  Spring of 2014 brought Craig another honorable mention at the Peoria Fine Arts Association Member Show.  Another Honorable Mention was received at the Fall, 2014 Arizona State Fair.

2015 saw Craig participate in the Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills show.  An art critic and writer interviewed him for an article which subsequently appeared in the Foothills Focus publication for April 20, 2016.

He has worked with oil pastel, charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink, gauche, scratchboard, printmaking, photography and ceramics as well as sculpture in wood, metal, and plexi-glass.