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Francis Schanberger

Adjunct Faculty

Part-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Art and Design


Email: Francis Schanberger
Phone: 937-229-2230
Website: Visit Site
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • MFA, Photography and Digital Imaging, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego


Francis Schanberger has been photographing since fourth grade when he presented a homemade pinhole camera as his science project. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University in 2002, Francis’ photography has been characterized by an interest in historical processes, photographic installation and performance. He was awarded an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship in 2002, 2009 and 2013 as well as a Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District fellowship in 2008. In addition to exhibitions in Ohio, his work has been exhibited in Houston, New York, Brussels, Belgium and Kyoto, Japan. In 2013, he was one of three Americans invited to exhibit platinum prints on a newly developed paper, Tosahakkanshi at the Paper Museum near Kochi, Japan.

Faculty Perspective

Having worn many hats in my life, I have an interest in showing students how they can combine various facets of their experiences into artistic output. During my undergraduate years, my interest in the sciences led me to work within that field. Many years later, exposure to that environment has an ever-increasing impact on my current studio practice. I want to help students realize that their own background is the substance of their unique voice they bring to their art making.

Professional Activities

  • Society for Photographic Education
  • College Art Association
  • Dayton Visual Art Center

Research Interests

  • Intersections between science and art, specifically visual images and the biological sciences
  • Use of plant pigments to create photographic images
  • Use of Japanese papers for photographic printing
  • Early methods such as zoetropes for creating the illusion of moving images

Selected Publications, Presentations & Exhibitions

Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd  ed., Delmar Cengage, 2014

Christina Anderson, Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes, 2013

Various, International Photography Annual 1, Manifest Gallery, 2012

Various, Botanical, v.62, Manifest Gallery, 2012

Malin Fabbi, Anthotypes, Alternative Photography Press, 2012

Roger Kockaerts and Johann Swinnen, The Art of the Photoarchive: 170 Years of Photography and Heritage, University Press Antwerp, 2012

Judith Huacuja, Curtis Barnes, Masks, Music and Musings, 2008

Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 2nd ed., Delmar, 2008