FRAME was founded in 1999 by the late Elizabeth Rohatyn, who served as North American Co-President and Chair of the Board of Trustees until her death in 2016. The founding French Co-President of FRAME was the late Francoise Cachin, who was Director of the Musées de France at that time. Mrs. Rohatyn developed this innovative organization while her husband, Felix G. Rohatyn served as Ambassador of the United States of America to France (1997-2000), appointed by President Clinton. Mrs. Rohatyn engaged Dr. Richard R. Brettell to serve as Founding Director (1999-2009).

The Art of Diplomacy, a Conversation with Elizabeth Rohatyn

Currently, FRAME North America is represented by North American Co-President William Beekman. Anne-Solene Rolland is the Co-President for FRAME France.  Marguerite d’Aprile Quigley is the Executive Director for FRAME North America and Émilie Vanhaesebroucke is the Executive Director for FRAME France.

The organization began with 18 member museums and currently includes 32 member museums in France and North America. It is the only network of its kind and FRAME’s commitment to cultural diplomacy in the context of museum exchanges reflects its origins in the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Mrs. Rohatyn’s vision.

FRAME, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is supported by the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, public subsidies, as well as by its member museums in France and North America.

FRAME notable achievements

World-class exhibitions such as The Mourners, Caravaggio and His Legacy, and Joseph Cornell and The Surrealists, and

Numerous education initiatives including Curating A Culture of Respect, The Art of Inclusion, Bridges Across Borders and The Tactile Gallery.

Improved website, providing an internal portal for increased communication between FRAME members and promoting our activities to general audiences.

FRAME celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 and is now planning how to best serve 21st century museums and arts enthusiasts.

2017 – 2019 Strategic Goals

Between 2017-2019 we will support initiatives that will nurture and foster increased partnerships and activities to benefit our membership:

We will focus on development and fundraising to secure resources that will support the incubation and planning process of FRAME exhibitions, educational and outreach programs, professional exchanges and audience development initiatives;

We will explore the development of contemporary and non-European art exhibitions as a new focus;

We will foster improved communication and collaboration between FRAME museums and their directors, curators and educators facilitated by FRAME staff in France and North America.

Conferences and Meetings

FRAME convenes an Annual Conference for its member museums in the Fall. The Conference is hosted by a FRAME Museum and the location alternates between France and North America on a yearly basis. In 2018, the Conference will be hosted by the Musées d’Arts de Nantes on October 24-26.

FRAME also convenes a Planning Meeting in the Spring at Giverny focused on exhibitions already under discussion as well as new initiatives by invitation. The Planning Meeting is hosted by Terra Foundation for American Art. In 2018 it took place on May 14-16.

In addition, FRAME staff and board members are in contact with the network’s directors, curators and educators throughout the year. FRAME’s French and North American executive directors travel to member museums and conferences to meet with membership in person and to talk about current and prospective projects.