“Picture space, no matter the medium, is otherworldly by nature. It purports to dissolve the membrane between this world and some adjacent dimension.
In our image-drowned
age, only art as strange and apparently subdued as that of Bay Area painter Frances Lerner may remind us of this.” 
Kenneth Baker, Art critic, San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 2012.


Centre Associafitd’ Art Contemporain, Auvillar, France, May 1- 31, 2020
Gallery Commonweal, BOLINAS, Ca. , October –Decemer 2019
RollUP Project – “A Sampling of Knots,” selected by Sqeak Carnwath- window 217 Harrison Street, Jack London Square, Oakland, Ca  2019  (and printed catalog The Early Years)
GearBox Gallery, “Other Conversations,”Two person with Irene Nelson Nelson October – November 2017
Jack Fischer Gallery, Potero Street location, “Approach,” two person show with Michael Sell,  March, 2016
Jack Fischer Gallery, “Minor Characters and Unlikely Companions” solo, Geary St., San Francisco, Ca., September, 2012)
Alphonse Berber Gallery “New Images of Man and Woman”, Alphonse Berber Gallery,”There was Once a World”, back room, Berkeley, Ca. 2009-2010
Shreve’s, San Francisco, Ca., 1991  
871 Fine Arts Gallery, 250 Sutter, San Francisco, Ca, 1991
University Press Bookstore Gallery, Berkeley, Ca,, 1986 
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1983


Concord Center for the Visual Arts, “Reshaping Abstraction,” Concord, Mass. 2024 (upcoming)
Roundweather Gallery, “Exchange the Experience,” Oakland, Ca.
Miami Project (satelite of Art Basel) , Miami, Florida, represented by Jack Fischer Gallery, 2015
Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, Ca. 2011Art MRKT San Francisco, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, Ca. 2011
William Havu Gallery, Denver 040 Cherokee Street Denver, Co. 2009, 2011
Aqua Miami, Jack Fischer Gallery, Miami  Beach, Fl., Dec.2-5, 2010
Eclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, Ca., 2009
California Small Works 12th Annual Exhibition, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art,   Santa Rosa, Ca., 2000 
Danville Fine Art Gallery, Danville, Ca, Printmaking: Diversity, Danville, Ca. 2000 
SF Arts Commission Gallery, SF, 1987
Art in Embassies Program – United States Department of State, Vienna, Austria – 1996 
871 Fine Arts Gallery, Group show, San Francisco, Ca., 1992 
Village Theater Gallery, Danville, CA, “The Printed Page” Bay Area Printmakers


Commonweal Gallery, Bolinas, Ca., “After All” 2019-20
The Paris Review, “Leonard Michaels was a Cat Person” by Singrid Nunez, Illustrations by    Frances Lerner, November, 2018
July 27, 2017
Frances Lerner \ Studio Visit
Elise Morris
March 26, 2016
Jack Fischer Gallery: Frances Lerner – Minor Characters and Sympathetic Criminals
Saturday, October 3, 2012
Review: Frances Lerner “From calming to alarming” Kenneth Baker, art critic
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Review: “Frances Lerner” DeWitt Cheng
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Review: “New Images of Man and Woman” Kenneth Baker, art critic
Frances Lerner paints puppets that puzzle” Jesse Hamlin, Special to The Chronicle, Thursday, January 21, 2010
Back to the Future, Berkeley art historian Peter Selz reexamines the human condition, By 
DeWitt Cheng, December 16, 2009


Cover image “The Loom,” Sobre un dia, en el Mundo,Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brenda Hillman poems, Translation of Ezequiel Zaidenwerg 2020
A Cat reprinted, Leonard Michaels (author) and Frances Lerner (illustrations)
The House Press, 2018
Chain Magazine, University of Honolulu, Hawaii (2001)
Cover for Firecage, a&bend press, San Francisco (2000)
Artwork included in Prosodia – The New College of California Poetics Journal -(1999)
Cover for Ploughshares literary magazine,
Covers for The Seneca Review for Hobart and William Smith Colleges
The Penumbra Press, fine arts and poetry books
1 ‘Epervier Press
Maryland Arts Council publications
Book illustrations for A Cat by Leonard Michaels, Riverhead Books – Div. of Putnam Books, Madison Avenue, NY,NY, 1995


Moulin a Nef, Auvillar France, Artist in Residence 2018 Awarded by VCCA
Sole Artist-in-Residence, City of Salzburg, Austria August/September 2016
Vermont Studio Center 2007 – Full Fellowship
Sonoma County Arts Council 2004
Napa Valley Arts Council 2003, 2004
Artist in Embassy Program, Austria, 1996
Maryland Arts Council 1983,84,85
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 1982


Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa
University of Iowa
Master of Arts, University of Iowa
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio State University
Master of Social Work,
University of Maryland School of Social Work