About

MIKEL FRANK

mikelfrnk@gmail.com 

www.mikelfrank.net     www.visualpassion.net

6501 Blue Sky Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28269

 

EDUCATION            

 1981 — 1983       Masters of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1984 —1985        Certificate Recording Engineer, Audio Specialist in Audio Engineering, Center for    the Media Arts, New York, NY

1974 — 1976         Bachelors of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA, Baltimore, MD  

 

EXHIBITIONS  

2016   Maplewood Memorial Library Gallery, Visual Passion Duo Exhibition

2016    1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Curator and exhibitor, Off The Shelf: A Tribute to June Cater

2015     Maplewood Memorial Library Gallery, Ideas Festival featured Artists, with Gerard             Amsellem, Maplewood, NJ  https://www.flickr.com/photos/maplewoodlibrary/sets/72157669761730294/

2014     The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ, Co-Curator and Participant in MICA: Then//Now 2, a large scale exhibition featuring works by Maryland Institute College of Art Alumni

2014      The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ Live painting demonstration with Amsellem

2010 — 2013     The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Staff Exhibition, New York, NY

2012       1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Visual Passion: On Love

2012       GAS Gallery and Studio, Visual Passion: On Love a Preview, Maplewood, NJ

2013        The KuBe, Beacon, New York, MICA: Then and Now, and Live painting demo with Amsellem

2013        City Without Walls at Seton Hall School of Law, Newark, NJ

2013        Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ (live painting demonstration with Amsellem)

2013        Herb and Iris Millie Gallery at SOPAC (South Orange Performing Art Center), Primal Convergence, South Orange, NJ

2013         Tenth Muse Gallery, Mikel Frank, Maplewood, NJ Solo Exhibition

2012        1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Visual Passion: On Love, a collaboration with Gerard     Amsellem, Maplewood, NJ

2011          The Joseph Bottari Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2011          Gaelen Juried Show, Lautenberg Family JCC, Whippany, NJ

2011           The Passing: A Collaboration, with Gerard Amsellem, GAS Gallery and Studio, NJ

2010          Livingston Community Gallery, Mikel Frank, Paintings and Encaustics, NJ

2010          Cedar Lake Theatre, SRAM pArt project for World Bicycle Relief, New York, NY

2009          Spattered Columns Gallery, Art Connects NY, Group Show, MICA Alumni, NYC

2008          Gavroche Gallery and Restaurant, Mikel Frank, Paintings and Encaustics, NYC

2008          Palmer MuseumMikel Frank, Paintings and Encaustics, Springfield, NJ

2007          The Visual Arts Center of NJ, Chair: Form Follows Vision, Summit, NJ

2006          Watchung Arts Center, Breast Cancer: An Artists View, Watchung, NJ

2004          One Person Show, bluViolet Gallery, Chester, NJ

2003          Pierro Gallery, Group Show, South Orange, NJ

2001           The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Employee Art Exhibition, N.Y., NY

1999           RC Fine Arts, Maplewood, NJ

1997           The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art Staff Exhibition

1992           The Pargot Gallery, One Person Show, , Edison, NJ

 

CURATOR

2016  Curator and exhibitor, Off the Shelf: A Tribute to June Cater, an exhibition memorializing the artist who donated 1978 Maplewood Arts Center to the Township of Maplewood.

2013-2014     Co-curator and exhibitor, MICA: Then & Now, an exhibition made up of alumni from Maryland Institute College of Art’s undergraduate program—forty artists including Frank Hyder, Donald Baechler, Jeff Koons and Joyce Scott.

2002 – 2011  Curator, Contemporary Artists Forum Exhibitions, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center

2005           Curator and exhibitor,  Abstract Painting: Anguish and Angst, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

 

HONORS, AWARDS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2016    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), Art and Film: Vincent Van Gogh, a lecture presentation on the life and times of Vincent Van Gogh.

2002 – 2014    Contemporary Artists Forum, Creator and Leader of an artist’s critique group made up of serious post-graduate artists, who meet to discuss studio work and contemporary art ideas.

2002 – 2013    The South Orange/Maplewood Artist Studio Tour: Coordinator, videographer and artist participant in this annual event that receives widespread recognition and is attended by over 300 people per year.

2012    Visual Passion: On Love, a multimedia, interactive, community based art installation and live performance at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center. Over 300 people attended this 3-day event. 

2011    The Passing: A Collaboration, a collaborative art project where the community was invited to witness a full day of painting by The Visual Passion Duo.

2011    Travel with the Met: served as The Metropolitan Museum of Art's representative for “Czars of Russia” a trip down the Volga River.

2010    Keynote Speaker: Invited by the President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to address the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 25 Year Club.    

2005    Gates Project in Central Park, 1975-2005: Member of installation crew for Christo and Jeanne-Claude's massive installation piece in Central Park, built 100 gates

2005    Travel with the Met: served as The Metropolitan Museum of Art's representative; “Mozart’s World,” Amsterdam to Austria

2001    Lecturer: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Art and Music of Central Europe"; Amsterdam to Budapest

2001    Travel with the Met: served as The Metropolitan Museum of Art's representative; “Art and Music of Central Europe” Amsterdam to Budapest

1985     Honorable Mention, Summit Art Center Members Exhibition, Summit, NJ

1983      Ford Foundation Grant

 

PUBLICATIONS

2003      Star Ledger, November, In the Towns, cover, Carmen Juri

2004     News Record, Ten Years of Success, Pierro Gallery celebrates a major milestone, May cover, Jim Sturdivant

2008    NY Times Patch, Studio Tour: Meet Artist Mikel Frank http://patch.com/new-jersey/southorange/meet-the-artists-on-the-south-orange-maplewood-artists-tour

2012     News Record, Villager Section, Full Page Pictorial, Symbiotic Art, Daniel Jackovino

2015    Village Green, Artist Spotlight: Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem, Mary Mann

 

PHILANTHROPY:  PAINTING DONATIONS    

Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ,

The Children’s Museum of the Arts in NY, NY,

Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, NJ,

The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

 

COMMISSIONS    

2009     The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; NJSO yearly auction/fundraiser, “Art Strings,” using a raw unfinished violin as “canvas.” 

2013     South Orange Performing Arts Center; fundraiser using a piano as “canvas.”

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, TEACHING, AND DEVELOPMENT

2014 —2015         Co-chair,  Maplewood Arts Council,  Maplewood, NJ

2002 —2014         The Contemporary Artists Forum, created and taught art critique group

2001 —2014          Advisory Board of the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center; Vice President of the Executive Board and co-chair of the exhibitions committee

2004 —2008        Executive Board Member, Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken, NJ

2008 —2013         Advisory Board Member, Mile Square Theatre

2005                    Member of the installation crew on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Gates Project in Central Park, 1975-2005,” in New York City. A

2005                     Breast Cancer: An Artists View fundraiser at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center

 

EMPLOYMENT/ EXPERIENCE    

1987 —2014    Stage Manager for The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Responsibilities included coordinating and managing all aspects of live events in the 708 seat Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium as well as events in gallery spaces such as; the Temple of Dendur, The Medieval Sculpture Hall, The Great Hall, The Engelhard Courtyard and The Lehman Wing. With an eye toward presentation and quality, these events sold well and brought press attention to the institution.  Examples include: Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Tony Bennett, Steve Miller, Emerson String Quartet, Chanticleer and Judy Collins. In addition, scheduling the Auditorium for other museum departments as well as outside corporate and not for profit rentals of the Auditorium, and collaborated with every department in the Metropolitan Museum on a broad spectrum of different projects and programs including artists: Robert Rauschenberg, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, and Patti Smith.

1979 —1987    Frank Film, Inc, New York, NY; Vice President and Creative Consultant involved on all levels of production, including video editing, sound recording, mix-down, production coordination and promotion. Involved on all levels of production, including video editing, sound recording, mix-down, production coordination and promotion, reviewed daily rushes and made editing, timing, music, creative recommendations, and worked in the field to develop and install lighting for special events. In addition, researched and chose music and sound effects at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles for the documentary; Aids: The Facts of Life. Worked on Emmy Award winning Showtime Series, Picture Windows.