As an OPG Senior Associate, Pamela Franks serves as a content expert in museums and museum education. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Texas at Austin. Her specialization is modern and contemporary art and her current research interests include pedagogical approaches to art and the role of college and university art museums.
Pamela Franks is Deputy Director for Collections and Education at the Yale University Art Gallery where she oversees education and academic affairs, artists’ residencies and visits, exhibitions, publications, collections management, and technology. In this role she advances the Gallery’s core teaching mission by bringing together institutional priorities in areas of collection access, presentation, research, and teaching. Over the past five years, Franks’ leadership has contributed to significant growth in teaching from the Gallery’s collection across the college curriculum and in the range of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to engage with original works of art and to learn about museum practice.
From 2003–2004, Pamela Franks was Curator of Public and Scholarly Programs at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas during its opening year. In 2002, Franks organized the exhibition, The Tiger’s Eye: The Art of a Magazine, and wrote the accompanying catalogue. Franks has taught art history at Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Texas at Austin.