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Frank, Andrea

Whitney ISP, NYC
Parsons (MFA), NYC
Academy of Fine Arts Munich (Diplom, Staatsexamen, Meisterschülerin)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art Department
Office: OL 203A
Phone: (845) 257-2797

Career History

Frank joined the Art Department faculty at SUNY New Paltz as Assistant Professor in Art in the fall of 2012, and currently serves as head of photography. From 2003 to 2012, she taught Photography and Related Media at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching all aspects of art and photography, and often infuse my courses with a cross disciplinary or sustainability related focus.

Research/Creative Activity

Frank is interested in a systems related approach to questions of sustainability, collective responsibility, and to psychological aspects of individual and collective human action. In various bodies of work and through a range of media, she has addressed issues such as the tension between education and manipulation, world trade, and the exponentially growing environmental problems we face.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the DAAD, Rotary International Foundation, Danner Stiftung, Vermont Studio Center, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and the MIT Council for the Arts.


Frank's work has been exhibited internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice, Carroll and Sons in Boston, and the Kunsthalle Göppingen in Germany. In addition to her individual work, from 1995 to 2000, she worked collaboratively as a founding member of the Munich/New York based artist group Department for Public Appearances, directly addressing issues in the public sphere.

Book publications:
Andrea Frank, SEARCH: Works 1998 – 2005 (Rome, Italy: Aracne Editirice, 2010)
Andrea Frank, VISIONS: MIT Interviews (Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT, 2008)
Andrea Frank, Ports and Ships (Göppingen, Germany: Kunsthalle Göppingen, 2008)
Andrea Frank, Case Study (New York: Marvelli Gallery, 2001)

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