Francesca Rose Gagliano is a painter and writer currently living in Royal Oak, MI with her husband, son, pets and plants. Gagliano received her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from DePaul University. During graduate school, Gagliano lived on Wood Street—The Wood Street Images are a colored catalog for the emotions experienced while living in that space.
Gagliano’s work has been shown in: Brazil, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and in the following Michigan cities: Huntington Woods, Royal Oak and Troy. She has illustrated Kelly Sheehy’s storybook, Ocean Whispers, and has been published by small guilds and magazines. Her story “Train” was a semi-finalist in American Short Fiction’s Short(er) fiction prize. She is currently inspired and influenced by the great city of Detroit—its people, art, and history—and is working on an oral history portrait painting project about the community members of Detroit’s Northwest Goldberg neighborhood. Francesca volunteers for the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts and is the Secretary of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit.
Her three favorite words are: “Dwell in Possibility,” by Ms. Emily Dickinson.