Forman studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. She has held a succession of positions in the field of graphic design, book cover art and web design. Between professional life and raising two daughters, Forman continued to create her personal art, combining her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, the non-human world, and the dislocations of time and place.
Forman is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis and a recipient of several grants. She teaches digital collage at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox, MA. Her work has been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally. She has won significant awards: the First Place in the 2013 Julia Margaret Cameron International Prize in Fine Art Photography, the 2012 Px3 Prix de la Photographie (Gold, Silver, and First Prize in three different categories), where her work was on exhibit in Paris. In 2011, she was one of only thirty Americans invited to attend and exhibit at the 2nd Biennial International Photographic Cultural Festival and Exhibition, Lishui, China, and her work is currently on tour at multiple venues throughout China. Also in 2011, she won Second Prize (among over 8000 entries) from the Worldwide Photography Gala in the Portraits category. In 2010 and 2008, she won first place, second place, and an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the Julia Margaret Cameron awards. In 2010, 2008 and in 2007, she was a winner in PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, their People’s Choice award, and Adobe Photoworkshop.com. Her work appears in many journals, on-line blogs, several art books, and adorns the covers of many books.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), where it is currently on exhibit, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Schiffer Books recently released a book with a compilation of her work, Escape Artist, The Art of Fran Forman