Founded in 2008 by Joseph Kowalczyk, Michael Steffen, Ofra Fisher, and Peter St. Lawrence, FM featured 10 artist spaces and a front gallery. In 2015 the gallery was closed and FM became primarily a private studio featuring 11 spaces total. Three years later, the founding four disbanded due to an internal dispute. In 2019 Joseph Kowalczyk with his wife Emily Tian, regrouped the FM studio lineup, bringing back the front gallery, and restoring the standard of professionalism, which the studio was intended to be.
We welcome you to the new FM, which fosters the creativity and professionalism of artists who take their practice seriously as they actively seek to expand their aesthetic vocabulary, develop their body of work, and inspire the community around them. Come visit us the First Friday of every month during the Oakland Art Murmur.