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Note:  Dextra was interviewed by
Shan Emanuelli in 2007 as directed by ArtTable for Archives of American Art.


Principal and founder of LAX Studios in 1976, Dextra Frankel has extensive experience as an exhibition designer, curator, researcher and educator.  Gallery Director and Professor of Art at California State University, Fullerton, from 1967-1991, she initiated the undergraduate and graduate exhibition design program and graduate certificate program in Museum Studies, which she headed.  As director, she curated and designed over 100 exhibitions and worked with Dean Jerry Samuelson, graphic designer, on more than 50 exhibit catalogues.

Photo by John Weggaman

In 1986 LAX Studios was closed and the design studio of Dextra Frankel Associates opened.  Leaving the University in 1991 with the honor of Professor Emeritus was a major turning point for the studio.  Creative focus and professional energies were directed fully upon the studio projects.  Major exhibitions for museums and galleries include:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

Honolulu Academy of Art; Heard Museum

Phoenix; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff

Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael

Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles

The Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico

Union Bank History Museum, Los Angeles

Seiyu Gallery, Tokyo

California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angles County Museum of Natural History

California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles

Minneapolis Institute of Arts; renovation of galleries for the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles and the Historic New Orleans Collection were designed by this firm

Timken Museum of Art, San Diego

Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In 1997, The Niebaum-Coppola Centennial Museum was organized, curated and designed in Rutherford, California for Francis Ford Coppola.

Dextra Frankel continues to offer exhibition design workshops, seminars and lectures, which have been conducted at locations including Yale University, Art History and Graphic Design graduate schools; Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Alaska; Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; American Association of Museums conferences; Western Museum conferences; Universities of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles; University of Southern California and University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Portland, Kimball, Seattle and Phoenix Art Museums; the Ford Foundation, New York City; The Art Museum Association of America (now American Federation of Arts); Colegio Official de Arquitectos de Andalucia Occidental, Sevilla, Spain; Kikutake Architect and Associates, Tokyo; Shoko Bijutsu Company Ltd., Tokyo; Tokyo Designers, American Center, Tokyo, Japan.