Francesca is a digital fine art photographer whose current body of work consists of California landscape and seascape photography. Her other portfolios and writing include:
Italian American-Italian Women (Master Thesis: CSUEB,1994 "The changing Perspectives of Italian Women as family members")
Oral histories & photos & poems published :
- Voices of Italian America, VIA, "
- Hey Paesan", Writings of Lesbians and Gay men of Italian descent (more detail on Francesca's other website: www.thatsitalian.weebly.com)
- "Curaggia" Writings of Italian Women
- She is Everywhere
- Sinister Wisdom
- Milvia Street Journal
- University of California, Los Angeles, June Mazur Archives
- Joseph Calandra Italian American Collection, N.Y. (Queens College)
- Brooklyn College, N.Y.
- Stanford University, Photos of Dacia Mariani, Italian writer
- Lesbian Archives, Oakland, CA
- National Holistic Institute, Emeryville, CA
- Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, CA
- Landmark Preservation, N.Y.
- CityArts Workshop, Public Art-Mural Movement, N.Y
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Performance Artist-Greg Powell
- East Bay Church of Religious Science, Rev. Elouise Oliver, The Choir, Oakland, CA
- Oakland Spiritual Center for Living
- One life Institute, Transformative Visions, Oakland
- Peralta Colleges Television, PCTV Laney College
Francesca has exhibited her work in over fifty museums, galleries, community organizations, spiritual centers and educational institutions in California, New York, Massachusetts, Italy, Germany and West Africa over the last four decades. Francesca has received several awards in photography, writing, poetry, television production, and video production.
She has won and received scholarships and grants to pursue publishing and exhibiting of her photography and writing.
Ms. Roccaforte has taught beginning and intermediate digital photography in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She has earned a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from California State University, East Bay. She also has Associate degrees in Digital Imaging from Berkeley City College and a Television Production degree from Laney College, Oakland, California. Her foundation in photography was inspired and supported by her father Frank Roccaforte, Sr. She received formal photographic education for four years at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC.
Awards & Recognition
- Petco First Place- Dog Portraiture- "Callie & Teddy Tug of War", 2016
- Best Mini Documentary, "Jo's story, Stayn Alive", East Bay Media Center, 2004
- Certificate of Appreciation, Multimedia Arts Program, Berkeley City College (Vista College),2004
- Eastman Kodak- KTSF Photo Competition and Exhibition, 3rd place winner-Most Innovative-"Shinto Temple", SF Chinatown, 1995
- Emerging Artists Reference Books, 1992-93
- Pre-doctoral scholar grant (Italian American Women Portraits & Oral Herstories), California State University, East Bay, 1993
- National Library of Congress Poetry Award, 1993
- Haiku for you, Poetry Contest, Wisdom Village, California Arts & Humanities, 1999