Frances Barth was born in the Bronx, New York, and studied painting at Hunter College, CUNY. She has exhibited her paintings widely in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960’s, and her work is represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections. Her work is represented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery in NYC and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. She is presently showing in the Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Grimani in "Frontiers Reimagined."
Early in her career, Frances also performed with Yvonne Rainer and Joan Jonas in New York City in live performance and video/film. Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1974 and 1982, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1995, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards in 1999 and 2004, and the Anonymous Was a Woman grant in 2006.
For the past ten years she has also been working with animation and video. “End of the Day, End of the Day” was her first completed animation/video with dialogue (TRT: 09:34). She is presently at work on a new animation project with multiple characters and music, and has finished the video portrait of the painter Regina Bogat, which was shown at The Marfa International Film Festival in 2014. Frances is married to the actor/director Ron Nakahara.