Francis Palazzolo is an artist that shakes-up the high-degree of cultural polarization to mend social alienation. He puts this idea into action by navigating uncommon points of view and shifting the power of representation. Palazzolo works in a variety of mediums, activates audiences, mixes disciplines, and blurs genres. For more than three decades, he has implemented this practice in solo shows, group exhibits, curated projects, and residencies at treatment centers. From 1994 to 2016, Palazzolo founded and facilitated a participatory art studio and gallery for adults from socially oppressed NYC communities. His latest endeavor, “SelfOthering” is a series of studio artworks, a socially engaged art project, and an artist-in-residency funded by the NYCDHS Enhancement Grant. Palazzolo was born in New Jersey in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture at School of Visual Arts in 1984, and his Master of Arts at New York University’s Gallatin School of Independent Study in 2000, with a double major in Fine Art and Philosophy. His advisor was Bruce Ferguson, Dean of the School of Arts, Columbia University.