George Ferrandi

George Ferrandi is an American artist whose participatory projects address issues of vulnerability, impermanence, fallibility and spectacle, often through experimental approaches to narrative. Employing a unique humor and a deep sense of humanity, her work ranges in form and scale from a simple gesture–like resting her head on the shoulder of a stranger on the subway, to a giant spectacle–like parading with hundreds through the streets of South Philly. It’s often a collaborative experiment in storytelling, with participants becoming performers or even creating the narrative. George’s projects have been awarded an NEA Our Town Grant and featured in Documenta 15. Her work has been performed/exhibited at the WeltMuseum (Vienna), International House of Japan (Tokyo), Brunnenpassage (Vienna), Abrons Arts Center (NY), The Kitchen (NY), Cinders Gallery (NY), McKinney Contemporary (Dallas), Wexner Center (Columbus), Harn Museum (Gainesville), Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia), and Sluice (London). She is an NEA fellow of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and has been awarded grants from the Franklin Furnace Fundwinners for Performance Art, MAP fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Mid Atlantic Arts Council. She is currently the Kennedy Family Artist and Scholar in Residence at the University of South Florida.

Grantee Information

Year(s) Awarded: 2018, 2022