About the artist:
Since 1987 Mikel has worked as Stage Manager for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His responsibilities have included coordinating and managing all aspects of live events in the 708-seat Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium as well as events in gallery spaces throughout the museum. He has also been in charge of scheduling the Auditorium for other museum departments as well as outside corporate and not-for-profit rentals of the Auditorium. Mikel has worked closely with practically every department in the Metropolitan Museum on many different projects and programs. Mikel met and worked with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, and Patti Smith. Mikel Frank holds an M.F.A. degree in painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a B.F. A. degree from MICA.
Mikel has exhibited in shows and competitions throughout the country and his work is in many private collections. From 2002 to 2014 he taught an art critique group called The Contemporary Artists Forum. From 2001 to 2014 Mikel was on the Advisory Board of the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, serving as Vice President of the Executive Board and co-chair of the exhibitions committee. From 2014-15 he co-chaired the Maplewood Arts Council in Maplewood, NJ. In February 2005 he was a member of the installation crew on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Gates Project in Central Park, 1975-2005,” in New York City. Along with his other 5 crew members he built 99 gates. In October 2005 he organized a fundraiser exhibition called “Breast Cancer: An Artists View” at the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center.
Biography courtesy of Artavita.