Francie Skoflanc is a graduate of Illinois State University with her BA in Art. She has been in the graphic design industry since 1976 and has held positions as a recognition jewelry designer, newspaper layout artist and graphic designer at an ad agency.
She is the Graphic Design Technology program Director and instructor at IVCC since 2000. Her work has been exhibited at August Hill Winery; the 2006 & 2008 Venus Envy Show, Bucktown Art Center, Davenport, IA.; “Three at the Mansion” Faculty Art Exhibition at the Princeton Art Center, Princeton, IL.
Her work has also been published in a book called, “Letting Go, Printmaking: Photocopier Transfer and Monoprint,” published by the Univ. of College Designers Assoc. She has donated her work to the March of Dimes Artini Fest, St. Bede Academy Auction, St. Margaret’s Hospital Artisan Show and Illinois State University Postcard Art Exhibition. Her awards include the Ottawa’s Art in the Park Show and Streator’s Art on the Prairie Show.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center has named her Advocate of the Year for 2012 for her work on the development and promotion of the iMedia workshop series. She is a member of the Ottawa Art League and president of North Central Illinois Artist Alliance. In her spare time she enjoys pursuing her own artistic endeavors of collage, altered art and recycled art.
“Because I’m on the computer a good part of the day instructing students how to use design software, I have a real need to create with my hands when pursuing my own professional development.
When the human hand makes something there are slight imperfections or happy accidents that makes each piece unique. I prefer work that isn’t technically perfect, work that shows the hand of the artist. I feel it has more life and personality. Once we rid ourselves of the unachievable goal of perfection, we open our minds to greater creativity.”