- BS, Studio Art, Southern Oregon University, 2023
Franklin Jeffers is a first-year graduate student in ceramics with an assistantship. He assists in Ceramics 1 and 2 (ART 212 and 312). Jeffers, whose preferred pronouns are he/him/his/they, focus on hand-building techniques and sculpture. He writes that in his work he “investigates the relationship between physical and digital spaces, the effects of past choices on individuals and society, and the intersectional challenges [I face] as a formally incarcerated person while critiquing the power dynamic in art education and the university disregarding these subtleties.”
He has held solo or two-person exhibitions at Allison Street Gallery, Retzlaff Gallery and Marion Ady Gallery in Ashland, Oregon; and group shows at Nature Conservancy of Oregon and Bureau of Land Management in Medford, the Catalyst Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, and others. He was named the Oregon Fringe Festival Selected Artist in 2021. His artwork and writing have been published in Signs of Spring @ Table Rocks (Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management, Medford Oregon), Pollinator Anthology (Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, Phoenix, Oregon), McNair Scholars Journal, and Oregon Wildfires Anthology. He also held a Southern Oregon University Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Summer Research Internship.
Jeffers earned the Bachelor of Science degree in studio art, magna cum laude, from Southern Oregon University, focused on spatial design and experimental performance, with a minor in art history. He also holds an associate’s degree in general studies from Central Oregon Community College in Bend and certificates in drafting and in welding and fabrication.