From 1957 to 1978 she was Trustee for American Crafts Council, New York, and from 1979 to 1982 was Trustee for Western Association of Art Museums (WAAM, now AFA).  In 1978 a National Endowment for the Arts Museum Professional grant was awarded to investigate exhibition design in Japan and interview six of Japan's leading designers and architects.  A second NEA Museum Professional grant was awarded in 1985 for travel in Europe.  Through a grant from WAAM in 1979, she participated in the first Museum Management Institute as the University of California, Berkeley.  This study paved the way for greater insight into museum structures, revealing systems for more effective interface with museum staffs.

Dextra Frankel has been a selection panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1986 and 1995 was a member of the International Panel for exhibitions traveling abroad through the U.S. Information Agency/Arts America.  In 1994, under the auspices of USIA/Arts America she curated the exhibit Empowered Images, which opened in Barcelona, Spain, and traveled four years to museums in Western and Eastern Europe. In 1996, through a grant from The Fund and Arts in America, she invited artist Lita Albuquerque to represent the United States in the Cairo Biennale 1996 with the exhibition Sol Star. There, a site installation was produced on the Giza Plateau, along with a gallery installation.  This project encompassed exhibition organization and administration, and required interfacing with the American Embassy and Egyptian Government.

Dextra Frankel has long been recognized as one who designs in response to objects selected for an exhibition.  Originating from a studio background, her comprehensive knowledge of construction techniques, installation materials and handling of objects is invaluable.  Close contact with staff from art, history and anthropology museums has motivated a personal gravitation toward exhibitions in which objects are put into an environmental context that enables visitors to view works in settings having a sense of their origin.  Created is ambiance through space, color and lighting, through research by the designer and interaction with the curator, educator and other museum staff, environments are conceived as having a sense of place, rather than replication.

Dextra Frankel Associates has WBE/DBE certification through the City of Los Angeles from 1991 to present.

 

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