Franc Palaia has been called a Renaissance Man because he works professionally in several media. He works as a photographer, sculptor, muralist, curator, educator, sign-maker, public art tour guide, book artist, gallerist, TV and film producer, lamp designer and musician. He has curated over 25 group exhibits on photography in the U.S. and in Italy with reviews in the New York Times, Village Voice and Tema Celeste magazine.
Exhibitions include over 300 group shows and more than 40 solo-shows. He has been awarded 21 grants, fellowships and residencies in six categories which include the Rome Prize Fellowship, Polaroid Sponsorship, Puffin Foundation, L.Comfort Tiffany grant and numerous NJ and NY arts council grants. Some of his exhibitions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art the Whitney Museum of American Art annex in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. His murals have appeared in Hollywood movies and NBC TV and the Discovery Channel, Window installations include Macy’s and Barneys New York.
Group exhibitions include the Dorsky Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Vassar College, Museum of Neon Art, O.K. Harris, Newark Museum, Kingston Sculpture Biennial, PS 1, Albany Airport, Alternative Museum, New Museum, Morris and Monmouth Museums and others. Public collections include; Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn and Newark Museums, McDonald’s Corp., Kean University, Johnson & Johnson, New Museum, N.J. State Museum, Check Point Charlie Museum in Berlin, Fundacio Salvador Dali in Spain and many others. Private collections include Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Smithsonian Institute, Arman, Ariadne Getty, Diana Ross, Billy Name, Ron English and others. He has collaborated and worked with prominent artists such as Annie Liebovitz, Salvador Dali, Billy Name, Robert Wilson and Jean Michel Basquiat.
He was the official photographer for Joseph Bertolozzi’s Tower Music project and he was executive producer for the documentary film, Crossing Waters screened at the FDR Museum’s Wallace Center in Hyde Prk, NY in 2016.