Christine French is a retired art teacher from Ohio.  She has taught art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Erie Art Museum, Cuyahoga Community College, Art House, Lakeland Community College, Lake Erie College, Chautauqua  Institution, Jamestown Audubon Sanctuary, and Notre Dame College.

Some of her teaching awards are TICA, at the Art Institute of Chicago, Power of Art: A Day with Robert Rausenberg in Washington DC, five Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grants, Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award, three Ohio Arts Summer Media Fellowships, and the Northeast Regional Ohio Arts Education Association Outstanding Teacher.

A graduate of Kent State University with a BFA in Fine Arts and Art Education, Chris also holds M.A. in Crafts, and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from Kent State Graduate School.

Besides teaching, Chris has been a producing artist for 40 years. In 2004 she was honored with a sculpture award by the Women’s Pen and Brush in New York City.  In 2005, HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast featured her sculptural baskets called “Vessels with Attitude”. In 2007 she was  in the Nov/Dec issue of Fiber Arts Magazine.  In 2008 she was featured in the Focus: Fiber Book by the Cleveland Museum of Art, and was published in Beyond Basketry 2008. She has been an artist resident in Poland, Hungary, Greece, the Big Island of Hawaii, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Oxbow.

Chris considers herself a multimedia artist who favors re purposing art materials to create up scaled art. The variety of art processes that she utilizes in her work are watercolors, encaustics,  basket making, collage, dichroic glass, polymer clay and fiber  jewelry, glass  collage, ceramics, sculpture, photography, new media, and illustration.

Locally in North East and New York you can see her work at Grape Discovery Center, the Grape Country Market Place, Boston Bean Cafe, GlassGrowers Gallery,  September Moon, House of the Potter, and Surroundings Gallery In Oberlin,Ohio her work is at Ginko Gallery.

Since moving to North East she is an active board member of the North East Arts Council where she teaches watercolors, beach glass jewelry, and zentangle to adults.

She is on the Design Committee of the Downtown North East where she designed the grape banners in town.

Awards, Honors


              Barber National Institute First Place Photography

              Senior Show Photography Award 2012-13

             American Watercolor Society Scholarship             

             Cleveland on Fire

             TICA Art Institute of Chicago

             Power of Art A Day with Robert Rausenberg

             Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant 2001

Ohio Arts Council Summer Media Institute 1998

Aardvark Studios first prize Gallard, Texas 1997

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant 1997

The great Garbage Binge Art Show     1996

National League of American Pen Women Scholarship 1996

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant 1996

The $1,000Helen Lakin True heart Award    1996

College Society Merit Award 1995

Contemporary Artist Center $200 Award 1995

Matrix Women Artists First Place 1995

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant 1995

Willoughby Fine Arts second place sculpture 1995

Best of O.D.C. Worthy Recognition 1994

Chautauqua International Fiber Art Outstanding Commendation 1994

Kurdziel Foundation Grant 1994

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant 1994

Matrix Gallery Women Artists, Best of Show 1994

Northeast Regional O.A.E.A. Outstanding Teacher 1994

Ohio Arts Council Summer Media Fellowship 1993

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant 1993

Ohio Art Council Summer Media Fellowship 1992

Willoughby Fine Arts Center First Place Crafts 1992

Ashland Oil Company, Teacher Achievement Award 1992

Butler Art Museum Focus Fiber Prize 1992

Capital Convergence Washington D.C. Mention 1992

Fiber Concepts Now, Merit Award 1992

Ohio Arts Council Summer Media Fellowship 1992

Ohio Arts council Summer Media Fellowship 1991

Ohio Arts Council Summer Fellowship 1989

Cleveland Museum of Art May Show Special Mention Sculpture 1987

Ohio Arts Council Summer Fellowship 1987