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Biography

Franne Lee is a well-known award-winning production and costume designer for theatre and television, and a professor at two universities in Nashville, Tennessee. In the past decade she has also gained a reputation as an artist. On November 10th, 2001, Franne opened a new artists’ cooperative in East Nashville, Plowhaus Artists’ Co-op. In conjunction with Plowhaus, Franne keeps working on her own art, showing at local galleries, in both group and solo shows. Her show, “The Nature of Things,” recently opened at the Family Wash Gallery in East Nashville.

Franne Lee’s professional design career started in the theatre in New York, with Andre Gregory's "Alice in Wonderland," for which she received an Obie Award for costumes. Her many Broadway shows include Hal Prince's productions of "Candide" and "Sweeney Todd," for both she received Tony Awards for Costume and Set Design.

Her movie credits include John Sayles' "Baby, It's You," Paul Simon's "One Trick Pony," David Lynch’s "Industrial Symphony #1," and “Local Stigmatic” and "Chinese Coffee," both produced by, directed by, and starring Al Pacino.

Franne’s many TV credits include the first five years of Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy award for Production Design. She’s created the looks for many of the best-loved SNL characters, such as the Bees, the Coneheads, the Blues Brothers, the Nerds, Emily Litella, and Roseanne Roseannadanna. She moved to LA in 1995, where she worked on “The Stephanie Miller Show” for Disney-Buena Vista, "Sherman Oaks" for Showtime, and Roseanne’s talk show for King World.

In 1999, Franne moved to Nashville, where she did the production design for the TV movie, "On Music Row," starring David Alford. She soon began designing for music videos, commercials, and local theatre, where she created the costumes for “Waiting for Godot” for the People’s Branch Theatre, and for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet.”

Franne Lee teaches production design in the Film Department of Watkins School of Art and Design, and costume design in the Theatre Department of Belmont University. She also designs for the Nashville Opera Company.

In the fall of 2008 she participated in “Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Outstanding Woman Designers for Live Performance,” at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, where they displayed her designs for "Sweeney Todd", “Candide” "A Winter’s Tale," and "Gilda Radner Live."

She continues to paint and teach with good success. Her work can be seen at Al LeQuire Gallery in Green Hills, Nashville, Tn., The Renaissance Center, in Dickson, Tn. Long Branch Gallery, in Mineral Point, Wi. and around East Nashville where Franne lives with her two dogs, Nash and Shelby..

Artist Statement

I remember when it started ---- me and making pictures with stuff. Now I know I was making collage, but it was always more than collage for me....a painting of a man holding a real wood and paper sign... an old door turned into a carved shelf with a lady smiling upon it... When I was a little girl, I would go to my dad's workshop and pick up discarded stuff from the floor and the tables. "Dad can I have this and that and this, too?" I walked home dragging my bag of treasure from Dad's shop I played with them, I glued them together, painted them and furnished my doll house. I was a junker from an early age. Junking turned into a career designing costumes and sets for theatre, TV and film. I found wonderful shops with amazing things for these productions and I didn't have to pay for them!! I remember going up to a stranger's house and asking if i could buy their old ford pickup and rotted porch rocking chair. Still a junker but on a bigger scale and with a bigger budget. And now I have come full circle with the creation of the Plowhaus in the fall of 2001 with my friends, JD Wilkes, and Lesley Paterson-Marx. Once again, I'm asking for castoff stuff, hauling it home and making things with it. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed finding and making them. I remember when it started ---- me and making pictures with stuff. Now I know I was making collage, but it was always more than collage for me....a painting of a man holding a real wood and paper sign... an old door turned into a carved shelf with a lady smiling upon it...

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Selected Shows & Exhibitions

Mar. 2011 - "Omo Children" at Long Branch Gallery, in Mineral Point, Wi.

Feb.2011 - "Omo Children" at Alan LeQuire Gallery in Green Hills

Feb.2011 - "The Nature of Things" at the Renaissance Center in Dickson

Nov. 2010 - "Omo Children" solo show at The Family Wash, Nashville,tn

Sept. 2010 - "Tartufe" Belmont Univ. Costume Design

Jun. 2010 - Bike Rack contest. With Mac Hill, and Keith Harmon

Apr. 2010 - Solo Show at Long Branch Gallery in Mineral Point Wi.

Dec. 2009 - "The Man Behind the Apron" short film, Nashville, Tn

Apr. 2009 - "The Nature of Things" Solo Art Show @ Family Wash

Feb. 2009 - "Uncle Vanya" Belmont Univ. Costume Designer

Nov. 2008 - "Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Outstanding Woman Designers for Live Performance" at The Public Library for the Performing Arts,Oenslager Gallery, will be showing my designs for "Sweeney Todd", "A Winters Tale" and "Gilda Radner Live"

Mar. 2008 - "Thoroughly Modern Millie" Belmont Univ. Costume Design

Jan. 2008 - "Hamlet" Nashville Shakespeare Festival/Belmont, Costume Design

Sept 2008 - "Much To Do About Nothing" Actor Bridge/Belmont, Costume Design

Feb. 2007 - Art House 12th Ave South, small group show of 12 nashville artists

Jan. 2007 - Solo Show "Attitudes" portraits of East Nashville Icons 24 paintings Family Wash, East Nashville, Tn.

Nov. 2006 - "L'enfant et les Sortileges" Nashville Opera Company Costume Design Performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Ctr. Nashville, Tn

Oct. 2006 - Estel Gallery, Nashville, Tn. Small Group Show now showing 9 pieces

Nov. 2005 - "Waiting for Godot" Peoples Branch, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville.

Aug. 2003 - "Romeo and Juliet" Nashville Shakespeare Festival – Nashville

Mar. 2006 - Solo Show 14 pieces Belcourt Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

May. 2001 - Nashville Independent Film Festival - Site Designer

Jan. 2000 - "Chinese Coffee" an Al Pacino film - Costume Designer

Nov. 1990 - "Industrial Symphony No. 1" Dir. David Lynch Production Designer + Costumes

May 1983 - "Baby It's You" a John Sayles film - Costume Designer

Jan. 1980 - "Sweeney Todd" a Broadway, Hal Prince Dir. - Costume Designer

Aug. 1975-1980 - "Saturday Night Live" Production & Costume Designer first 5 years

Jan. 1974 - "Candide" a Broadway, H. Prince Dir. - Prod & Costume Designer

Jun. 1972-1973 - Peter Brooks International Center for Theatre Research in Paris - Costume Designer

Oct. 1971 - "Alice In Wonderland" Andre' Gregory Dir. Costume Designer

Teaching

2001-2003 Watkins - Production Design in the Film Dept

Started 03 Belmont - Costume and Set Design in the Theatre Dept.

Awards

Emmy Award - Sat. Night Live

Tony Award - Candide, Sweeney Todd

Drama Desk Award - Alice in Wonderland, Candide, Sweeney Todd

N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award - Sweeney Todd

Maharham Award - Sweeney Todd

Obie Award - Alice in Wonderland, Candide

Education

Univ. of Wisconsin Theatre Design 1967

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Franne Lee's Delightful Imagination

Come & see Frannes Feathered Friends, her Omo Children and beyond, to her delightful imagination. All in One Show! Exhibiting through December.

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A review of Franne's show The OMO Factor.

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A review of Franne's Nature of Things show.

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A collection of articles about Franne in the City Paper.

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A review of Franne's Playing Card series.

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A review of Franne's Perfect Harmony series.

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A Bit About Franne

Franne Lee is a well-known award-winning production and costume designer for theatre and television, and a professor at two universities in Nashville, Tennessee. In the past decade she has also gained a reputation as an artist. On November 10th, 2001, Franne opened a new artists' cooperative in East Nashville, Plowhaus Artists' Co-op. In conjunction with Plowhaus, Franne keeps working on her own art, showing at local galleries, in both group and solo shows. Her show, "The Nature of Things," recently opened at the Family Wash Gallery in East Nashville.
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Where to See Franne's Work...

Franne @ LaQuire

Frannes Feathered Friends @ The LaQuire Gallery

Come & see Franne’s Feathered Friends, her Omo Children and beyond…to her delightful imagination…..All in One Show! Exhibiting through December

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The OMO Children @ LeQuire and Longbranch Galleries

My new series of paintings features images of children with painted faces can now be seen at the LeQuire Gallery. They were inspired by the tribal people of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, who have an elaborate tradition of face and body decoration, using beautiful earthly tones, colors, natural dyes, flowers and twigs.

visit the lequire galleryvisit the longbranch gallery

Franne Lee's Delightful Imagination

Come & see Frannes Feathered Friends, her Omo Children and beyond, to her delightful imagination. All in One Show! Exhibiting through December.

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read more

the OMO factor

A review of Franne's show The OMO Factor.

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read more

art that'll give you wood

A review of Franne's Nature of Things show.

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read more

nashville city paper

A collection of articles about Franne in the City Paper.

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read more

swings and roundabouts

A review of Franne's Playing Card series.

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read more

sitting it out

A review of Franne's Perfect Harmony series.

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read more

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