Born in the Bronx, having received her degrees from Hunter College, CUNY, Frances Barth has been working and showing her painting in New York and internationally since the 1960's and making films for the last fifteen years. While an art student she also studied modern-dance,and performed with Yvonne Rainer at Lincoln Center and the Billy Rose Theater in 1968-9, and with Joan Jonas in dance and video in 1970.
Video: During the last 15+ years she has created two animations( “End of the Day, End of the Day” and “Jonnie in the Lake”), two short documentaries, (“Regina B” and “The Audition”,) a short b&w video set in 1947 after the Japanese internment, and has just finished her new video
Her animation, "Jonnie in the Lake" won Best Animated Short in November 2016 at the New York Short Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia. It now has Spanish subtitles and has been shown in Venezuela, Ecuador and Uruguay. In 2017 she published her first graphic novel "Ginger Smith and Billy Gee" with
settings derived from her paintings, and she scripted a live theatrical reading from this book with 7 actors that was performed at Silas Von Morisse Gallery in NY in 2018. Also the animation “End of the Day, End of the Day” was scripted and presented as a live performance with two actors and projected video at Triangle Artist s Assoc. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, an Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant
and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She is Director Emeritas of the Mt. Royal School of Art, The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.