Geerte Frenken was born in 1964 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her career as an artist started at age 17 when she was awarded with a recognition in the Guiness Book of World Records for creating the world’s longest painting, “Van Polder tot Stad,” commissioned by the City of Amsterdam, Holland.
After graduating from the Academy of Art in Utrecht, Holland in 1987, she was awarded with “The Andy Warhol Scholarship.” This enabled her to graduate at The New York Academy of Art in 1991 and obtain a rare Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art Anatomy and Renaissance techniques.
Since then she has had numerous exhibits and performances, founded several artist communities and multi-media projects and has taught Visual Communication in Europe and The United States. She has executed both public and private commissions as well. She owned Art Gallery “Figure it out…!” in New York City and organised the Lower East Side Art Gallery Collective “The Edge.” Her art work has been reviewed in art magazines such as “While You Were Sleeping” and “Direct Art Buyer”.
Throughout the late Eighties and Nineties, Geerte facilitated Ibogaine treatments and published and presented her Harm Reduction research data at conferences and congresses worldwide (New York, NY; Washington D.C.; Madison, WI; Frankfurt, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Sayulita, Mexico). She went on to become an Ethnography Research Assistant at The National Institute of Health’s Center for Disease Control.
In the late Nineties, Geerte received training in 3D animation at the Center for Advanced Digital Applications at New York University. She produced traditional animation, character modeling and 3D animation for television, film and the web at Animation NYC, a division of National Video Center and Recording Studios Inc. in New York City. She then moved on to become the Lead Character Modeler at Pulse Entertainment in San Francisco, CA where she modeled, textured and rigged 3D models for clients such as Warner Brothers, Nike, Britney Spears, Budweiser, NBC, Mattel, KROQ, CBS Moneymarket, Anatomical Travelogue, etc.
Geerte went on to co-own design businesses Aloha Web Designers on Kauai, Hawaii and Spectrum Art Studios in Penn Valley, California.
Since 2006 Geerte has been lecturing, developing curriculum and managing faculty as a Visual Communications professor and Hybrid Learning expert at several colleges and universities across the United States such as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, DeVry University, The University of Texas at Austin, Miami International University and American Intercontinental University. Since 2012, after having lived in the US for 24 years, Geerte once again resides in The Netherlands, where she continued her career as Visual Communication and International Communication Professor at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, Geerte hosted the talk show “Hell is for Children,” about the plight of Protective Mothers and Children worldwide. Currently, Geerte Frenken is the Executive Director of non-profit organisation The Mother-Child Human Rights Foundation. A detailed career description can be found on LinkedIn.
• 2016 Group exhibit “Arising” with Yoko Ono, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
• 2010 Group exhibit East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX
• 2008 Group exhibit “Water: The Common Experience”, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
• 2006 Group exhibit “Ibogaine and Art”, Alex Grey’s MicroCoSM Gallery, New York City
• 2002 Group exhibit “The Spirit World”, GI Arts Council, Lihue, Kauai
• 1999 Group exhibit “Emerging Artists”, Limner Gallery, New York City
• 1998 Solo exhibit “The Art Peep Show”, Gallery Figure it out…!, New York City
• Solo exhibit Gallery Figure it out…!, New York City; gallery collective “The Edge” at “The International Fringe Festival”
• Solo exhibit “The Moira Series”, Gallery Figure it out…!, New York
• Group exhibit “Different colors”, HSS Gallery, New York City
• 1993 Group exhibit “Kiss My Ass”, Gallery Exploding Sky, New York
• 1992 Solo exhibit Gallery Herengracht 308, Amsterdam, Holland
• 1991 Group exhibit “Diploma works of MFA Graduates”, New York Academy of Art
• Group exhibit “The Freedom to Create”, CB’s 313 Gallery – CBGB, New York
• 1990 Group exhibit The New York Academy of Art
• 1987 Solo exhibit Gallery Oudegracht 380, Utrecht, Holland
• Solo exhibit Gallery Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, Holland
• Group exhibit “Start ’87”, Apeldoorn, Holland
• 1986 Group exhibit Multi-media Art Festival “Ruimte in De Ruimte”, Utrecht, Holland
• 1985 Group exhibit Art Festival “Kunst, Krisis of Keerpunt”, Apeldoorn, Holland