Fran Flaherty is a deaf artist living in Pittsburgh for over 25 years. As a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, her work is centered in issues surrounding migrant family relations and assimilation, maternal feminism, disability aesthetics, and social work. Her work is inspired by the care paradigm. A premise that human beings cannot survive alone and the progress of human beings, as a species, flows from our identity as social animals, connected to one another through ties of love, kinship, and clanship.

It is the prospect of this harmony that inspired her to create Anthropology of Motherhood, an ongoing project which elevates the act of care-giving through fine art by transforming mundane objects of caregiving into valuable art pieces such as paintings, sculpture, and mixed media pieces.

She also transforms busy public spaces into immersive installations that serve as places of respite for young children and their caregivers and is a member of the #notwhite collective. Recently, she was named in Art 511 Magazine’s “Top Ten NYC Artists Now”.

Fran currently resides in Allison Park with her husband Tim, their sons, Liam, Sean, and Lucas, and her hearing dog Olympia


  • 2019 “Reclaiming Indigenous Sexuality: The Lost Tugbuk and Sakra” Presentation, Center for Babaylan Studies, Torrance, Ontario, Cananda
  • 2019 “Woman It, Woman” Curated by Amy Bowman-McElhone, Carlow University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2019 “Color to the Cube” Curated by Tabitha Jacques, Dyers Art Center, Rochester, NY
  • 2019 “Synergy from Manila to Acapulco”, Curated by Sergio Gomez and Cesar Conde, Zhou B Art Centery, Chicago, IL
  • 2019 “De’VIA Gala,” Curated by Ann Silver and Jim Van Manen, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 2019 “Queer Weavers and the Shrieks of Hagalon” Curated by Katie Cercone, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
  • 2019 “In Between the Middle”, with #notwhite Collective Buen Vivir Gallery, Buffalo, NY 
  • 2018 “Rib of Man”, Group Show with #notwhite Collective, Carlow University
  • 2018 TRYP (Hotel) Pittsburgh-Lawrenceville Commision, series of 40 drawings of Historic Lawrenceville
  • 2018  “This Land Is Your Land”, with #notwhite Collective Industry on Industry, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 2018 “#notwhite Keyword International” Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 2018 “Keyword International” with #notwhite collective, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 2018 “Unboxed” University of Pittsburgh Alumni Show, Frick Fine Arts Building
  • 2018 “Crossing Limits,” The Gallery at Main, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • 2018 “De’VIA Pittsburgh: Children’s Interpretation of Deaf View/Image Art” Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Fall Gallery Crawl, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018  “Six x Ate: Impossible Objects” Chatham University Eden Hall Campus, Gibsonia, PA
  • 2018 “Eminent Domain”, curated by Katie Cercone, Robert Miller Gallery, NY, NY
  • 2018 “Examplar of “Deaf Space” International Art Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburgh, South Africa
  • 2018 “Central” with #notwhite collective, Heartwood Forest Council, Slippery Rock, PA
  • 2018 “De’VIA Pittsburgh: Children’s Interpretation of Deaf View/Image Art” Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018 “But Not Until, Women’s Voices Around the World.”, Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra, Wexford, PA
  • 2018 Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 2018, In Between the Middle with #notwhite collective. Brewhouse Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018, #notwhite Collective Window Installation, 817 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA Highmark First Night
  • 2016, 2017, 2018: 2019“The Anthropology of  Motherhood”: Feeding Room, Three Rivers Arts Festival (solo and curated  installation)
  • 2017: “The Anthropology of  Motherhood”: Feeding Room, This Land Is Your Land, Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA (group installation)
  • 2017: “A World Reimagined, A Deaf Perspective”, Slipe Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT (juried exhibit)
  • 2017: “The Anthropology of  Motherhood”: Feeding Room, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh , PA (solo installation)
  • 2016: “Inside our Minds” La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA (group show)
  • 2016: : “Consonance, The Rhythms of Autumn”, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA (group show)
  • 2016: Eden Hall Summer Series, “Classical Music Under the Stars”, Chatham University, Eden Hall Campus, Gibsonia, PA (group show)
  • 2016: We ART Here, An Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities, Curator, 709 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (curator)
  • 2016: “Post-Erotica: The Anthropology of Motherhood”, FringeManila, Pineapple Labs, Makati City, Philippines (solo exhibit)
  • 2016: “French Liaisons”, Chatham University, James Laughlin Center, Pittsburgh, PA (group show)
  • 2015: “Post-Erotica: The Anthropology of Motherhood”, Solo Show, 709 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (solo exhibit)
  • 2015: “Unseen, Unheard, commissioned limited edition prints for the Dollar Bank, Three Rivers Arts Festival, 2015” 
  • 2014 Imagery of Chess, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Edgewood, PA
  • 2013 Le Mal, Topographie de l’art, Paris, France (in collaboration with Joyce Kozloff)
  • 2012 Boundless Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, Juror: Ann Coffin
    2012 Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition, New Castle, PA, Juror: John Vanco
    2012 Out of the Frame, Off the Wall, University of Tennessee Knoxville’s 1010 Gallery
  • 2011 (juried online exhibit)
  • 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Conference Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (juried exhibit)