Nance Frank has been involved with the world of
art since she was born
in Key West in 1949. A third generation collector, Nance has traveled
extensively and seen all of the great museums in Europe, North and South
America. She has a background on the curatorial side of museum work in
Basel, Switzerland and Chile, where she lived for some years.
Nance is also an accomplished off-shore sailboat racer as well. She
organized the Caribbean Women’s Championships in 1986, in it’s second
decade as the premier race for women. She skippered the first women’s team
in the Newport-Bermuda Race, the Annapolis-Newport Race the Gold Cup
Transatlantic Race and the first American boat in the Whitbread Round the
World Race in 1993-94.
In 1997 she authored and published a book with the venerated
Cuban-American artist Mario Sanchez titled "Before and After" with a
forward by triple Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff MacNelly. They are
collaborating on a second, more extensive retrospective book. She has
spent over 2000 hours discussing the artists work, philosophy and the
details of his intaglios. Nance Frank has studied with the artist as a
major long-term project and is recognized as the foremost expert on Mario
Sanchez works. Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Frank are from the same neighborhood,
went to some of the same schools such as San Carlos (America’s first,
voluntarily integrated school). Ms. Frank has been an admirer of Mr.
Sanchez her whole life.
She has written many articles for various publications about Mario Sanchez
and many other artists. Mr. Sanchez chose Nance Frank to organize major
retrospectives of his works museums. In 2005 she will guest curate a
nation-wide traveling show. Eight years have been spent working on a
catalogue raisonne by Ms. Frank.
Nance was Past Chair & Founder of the Monroe Council of the Arts. She
published Florida Keys and Key West Art Gallery Association Guides and has
served on the executive board in varying capacities for nine years. She is
the Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee for Monroe County.
Nance is the Director of The Jeff MacNelly Scholarship working with four
Pulitzer Prize Winners; Dave Barry, Tony Auth, Mike Peters, David Hume
Kennerly jurors and Pollster Lou Harris on this Monroe County wide art
Recognizing a neighbor with 500 years of cultural tradition, Nance has
traveled to Cuba for many years purchasing art for the Gallery on Greene.
“An excellent educational system, and 40 years of living an extremely
arduous day to day existence, makes Cuban art is as complex as it is
inspirational. Nance Frank, Director emphasized, “They have something to
paint about!” she further noted that, “Cuban art is a tapestry of beauty
and danger which combine to form dynamic forces that produce art
resplendent and dreadful all in one.” Cuban art displays life-affirming;
theatricality, mysticism, and sensuality.
After decades of near anonymity, contemporary Cuban artists are asserting
their presence -- and winning acclaim like the coveted “Miro” in Spain.
Likewise, important auction houses like Sotheby’s are offering and
receiving Picasso’s contemporary, Cuban artist Wifredo Lam for over
$1.2million. Museums and galleries in Paris, New York and Tokyo are also
showing interest at an all-time high, contemporary Cuban art is finally
being given its due and younger artists are coming to the forefront. Like
Cuba’s own popular music; salsa, mambo, cha, cha, cha etc., Cuban art is
receiving serious attention.
Nance has spent ten years in the industry, three and one half working as
Director for the Kennedy Fine Arts Gallery, and has been the
Director/Owner of The Gallery on Greene since 1998. Additionally, her own
three dimensional work is shown in The Gallery on Greene. Nance has been a
hands-on owner, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00 daily.