Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Fran Flaherty

Fran Flaherty

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Mid-career
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, For-hire services, Leading workshops, Lectures, Public art, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

I am a deaf artist living in Pittsburgh for over 25 years. As a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, my work is centered in issues surrounding migrant family relations and assimilation, maternal feminism, & disability aesthetics that synthesizes traditional media (painting, printmaking, and ceramics) and physical computing (digital inkjet printing and fabrication, 3D printing and modeling). I am also an educational consultant that specializes in building comprehensive digital fabrication labs. I founded Carnegie Mellon’s Digital Arts Studio in 2010 and Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf's Cottage in 2014. 

My work is inspired by the care paradigm. A premise that human beings cannot survive alone and the progress of human beings, as a species, flows from our identity as social animals, connected to one another through ties of love, kinship, and clanship. It is the prospect of this harmony that inspired me to create Anthropology of Motherhood, artworks of art that engage in the complex visual, material, emotional, corporeal, and lived experiences of motherhood, caregiving, parenting, nurturing, and maternal labor. I consistently apply the culture of care in my work, making space for those who cannot make space for themselves, in particular, am committed to improving the lives of people who are Deaf and/or Disabled by bring disability awareness through my artwork.

I live in Allison Park, PA  my husband Tim, 2 of our 3 sons,  Canine Companion hearing dog, Olympia, and my Chinese Mother. I recently became a grandmother. I am also a member of the #notwhite Collective


Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101
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  • Animation
  • Craft
  • Cut paper
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Mixed-media
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Public Art
  • Sculpture
  • Social Practice / Civic Engagement
  • Textile
  • Other


  • Acrylic
  • Appropriation
  • Ceramic
  • Conceptual
  • Cultural
  • Digital
  • Digital manipulation
  • Digital painting
  • Ethnic
  • Experimental
  • Pop
  • Representational
  • Resin
  • Text
  • Feminist
  • New media
  • Silkscreen