Joanna Frang, Executive Director. Joanna has served arts and cultural nonprofits at a variety of curatorial, education, and management levels, including museum exhibitions, education, collections management and American history and art history. A native of Michigan, Frang earned her B.A. from Haverford College and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture as a Lois F. McNeil Fellow. She completed her doctoral work in American Civilization at Brandeis University as a Rose and Irving Crown Fellow, with a focus on the built environment and the cultural worlds of American Grand Tourists in the Early Republic.
She has been funded as a residential Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & the National Portrait Gallery by the Terra Foundation for America Art, with additional residential fellowship appointments in the U.S. and Great Britain from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies and the Samuel Kress Foundation. Frang has served in a variety of leadership roles at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, The Mount (Edith Wharton Restoration), and Historic New England. Joanna is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, where she serves on the Vestry.