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Welcome to my digital portfolio!

I'm a Twin Cities based artist/designer with a BFA in Industrial Design from UW - Stout and member of the social justice nonprofit Art to Change the World (ACW).

I was born to make art. Growing up my dream was to be an inventor that helps make the world a better place. As a kid I started making found object art and homemade gifts and continue doing this today. My family has always taken me to museums and art events to encourage my interest in art. Then I went to school for Industrial Design, which is considered the art side of engineering. Now I have experience in a variety of art forms including product design, graphic design, sculpture, jewelry, sewing, photography, and woodworking.


My art often reflects just how much I care about helping others. I have a passion for issues of diversity, the world of dancing, and camping gadgetry. As a lesbian with autism, I understand how important it is to empower your community.

I participate in a variety of art events but you can always find my art in the Fox Den Gallery at the Solar Arts Building, Studio 201 at the Dow Arts Building, and at the Schmidt Artist LoftsCheck out the Events/Projects section of my website for more info on what I'm up to.

Frances Bates (She/Her)

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