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Adam Frank is an artist, inventor and product designer. His body of work represents an ongoing investigation of light, interactivity and our perception of nature. Adam uses new techniques to add natural lighting effects to the modern built environment.

Adam began his career at George Coates Performance Works, a high-technology theater company in San Francisco. At GCPW, he created groundbreaking 3D digital environments and effects which, when projected, interact with live actors on stage. The San Francisco Chronicle has described these performances as "a major chapter in experimental theater history."

Adam co-created Dogz and Catz, The world’s first virtual pets. These interactive, autonomous virtual characters, allow their users the unprecedented experience of actually touching an on-screen illusion of life. This work is widely credited for defining a new category of computer software. More than 18 million pets have been sold to date.

Adam has created three product lines that use light in new ways. LUMEN, a shadow casting oil lamp, is currently sold at MoMA Store. REVEAL is a small projector that implies the presence of a real window by simulating sunlight entering through an imaginary window. LUCID is a new type of mirror that places a luminous 3D image inside the perceived space of a reflected image. MoMA Store has just named LUCID as the top selling item of 2014. All of Adam’s products are made in the USA.

Adam is currently producing artwork that directly utilizes his unique expertise in projected environments, optical devices and interactivity. At Eyebeam, a new media arts lab in Chelsea NYC, Adam produced an interactive artwork using real-time, autonomous characters. This work was selected to represent the United States in an exhibition at the Athens Summer Olympic Games 2004. He has been awarded a NYFA Grant, a NYSCA grant and was a Yaddo fellow.

Adam has completed a commission for The City of Denver for an outdoor, permanent public installation. Each night, as the sun sets in Denver, a projected sun rises on a building downtown. As the night progresses, the shining star climbs up to the top of the east facade. The projection continues throughout the night and sets as the actual sun rises. This light mural is entirely solar powered by panels installed for this project.

In October of 2009, Adam installed two outdoor works in New York City, one in Bowling Green Park and one on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. In 2011, Adam installed an interactive installation in Times Square, New York.

In 2012, Adam was named the Seattle City Light Conservation & Sustainability Artist-in Residence. During this residency, he produced a large scale artwork for the City of Seattle featuring their hydroelectric power sources. This work of light is a projected, living map of Seattle’s hydroelectric generation and electricity use. Also during this residency, Adam produced an Art Plan that conceptualizes the future of Seattle’s public art commissions as they relate to true sustainability.

In 2013 Adam completed a large scale commission to install eight artworks in Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis IN. This signature work displays optically accurate shadows of native trees in eight elevator lobbies of the new hospital. The layered tree shadows imply the presence of real trees just beyond the glass surface of floor to ceiling light boxes. ARBOR was recognized for excellence by The Americans for the Arts 2014 Public Art Network Year in Review.

In 2015, Adam installed an interactive artwork on a sidewalk in Bankside, London. This work was commissioned by MERGE Art Festival, sponsored by the Tate Modern and the local Business Improvement District.

In 2016, Adam installed a monumental scale LUCID Mirror in the lobby of the new Two Trees building, 300 Ashland, in downtown Brooklyn. This cultural, residential and commercial high-rise is the new home of BAM Cinema screens, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the Brooklyn Apple Store.

Also in 2016, Adam Frank Incorporated was selected by the City of Paris and The City of New York to participate in the first NYC-Paris Business Exchange Program. This program from the Mayor's offices, the NYCEDC and Paris & Co, will assist AFI in expanding into Paris and the EU.

Public Art Installations
  • LUCID: 300 Ashland, Two Trees Management, Brooklyn NYC 2016
  • PERFORMER, London, Merge Festival, Tate Modern, London 2015
  • ARBOR, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis IN 2014
  • CURRENT, The City of Seattle WA 2012
  • SUNLIGHT, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Denver CO 2009 – 2012
  • PERFORMER, Times Square Alliance, Times Square NYC 2011
  • REVEAL, Potomac Yards Renaissance, Arlington VA 2010
  • THE NEW NETWORK, Juniper, New York Stock Exchange 2009
Exhibitions
  • 25th Public Art Anniversary Exhibition, Denver CO 2013
  • Shadow & Light, Kulturmöllan in Lövestad, Sweden 2010
  • SWAROVSKI Crystal Vision, London 2009
  • WIRED, NYC 2008
  • RISD Biennial, NYC 2008
  • Digifest, Ontario Science Center, Toronto CAN 2004
  • Eyebeam NYC 2004
  • Beta Launch 2003-04
  • Meta-Forms, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York 2002
  • LMCC World Views Program, World Trade Center, NYC 2000
  • Ars Electronica, Mediatheque, Austria 2000
  • Siggraph Art Gallery, USA 2000
  • BANFF Centre for the Arts, Canada 1999
  • The American Museum of the Moving Image, NYC 1999
Awards/Grants
  • Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative, NYCEDC 2016
  • NYC-Paris Global Business Exchange, The City of New York, Atelier De Paris 2016
  • The Americans for the Arts 2014 Public Art Network Year in Review
  • Seattle City Light Conservation & Sustainability Artist-in-Residence 2012
  • NYSCA Individual Artist Grant 2004
  • Yaddo Fellow 2004
  • USA Representative, Athens Olympic Games Exhibition 2004
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, Computer Arts Fellow 2001
  • 2000 Invision Award for Best Design in Creative & Technical Excellence
  • I.D. Magazine’s Interactive Media Design Review Award 1998
  • 1998 Invision Award, Children/Young adult category
  • International Digital Media Award for Best Animation in 1997
  • Oppenhiem Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award in 1996
  • Japanese Ministry of International Trade Award for Contribution to Visual Culture 1994
Books
  • Art in Shadows, William Sharpe Ph.D 2017
  • Lições das Sombras, Professora Susana Oliveira 2014
  • 1000 Interior Design Details For The Home, Ian Rudge 2009
  • MARK Another Architecture 2006
  • Site Matters, LMCC WTC Artists Residency 1997-2001
  • Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology, Stephen Wilson 2002
  • Hamlet On the Holodeck, the Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, Janet Murray 1994
  • Bots: Origin of a New Species, Andrew Leonard 1994
Presentations
  • Pratt Institute of Art, 2008, 2010
  • NYU's Center for Advanced Technology 2004
  • The MediaLab MIT 2000
  • Siggraph 2000
  • The 1997 American Association for Artificial Intelligence at MIT
  • The Computer Games Developers Conference in 1997
  • The Lifelike Computer Characters Conference in 1996