Ke Francis is a narrative artist and writer. His work has been exhibited in major national and international museums over a career that has spanned fifty-six years. He currently publishes his own limited edition artist books as well as collaborative projects with established poets, musicians and visual artists at HOOPSNAKE PRESS, a press he founded in 1970. He is the 2023 Governor's award winner for Excellence in Visual Arts, a former Rockefeller Fellow, a winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for Visual Art, a Southern Arts Federation Grant in Sculpture, and recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Susan B. Herron Award for Visual and Literary Art. His works are included in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art ,The National Gallery of Art, The Getty Museum , The High Museum in Atlanta, The New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and more than 20 other major museum collections.