Mary E. Frank and Howard Frank at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. Photo: Matteo Prandoni.

Parrish Art Museum Announces New Board Leadership

The board of trustees of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, has elected Mary E. Frank as president and interim chair. Frank, an art historian who specializes in the art of Renaissance Venice, first joined the institution’s board in 2017. She succeeds Fred M. Seegal, who will continue to serve on the board as chair emeritus.

“We are all proud and pleased to welcome Mary as our new leader, and anticipate great things in the museum’s future,” said the Parrish’s director, Terrie Sultan. “Mary has a longstanding commitment to cultural philanthropy and is also a noted art historian. The experience and expertise she brings will be instrumental in helping us continue to grow and fully realize our great promise.”

Sultan added: “In Fred’s six years of service to the Parrish, the museum moved into our new facility in Water Mill, enhanced our programs and services, and made our first, foundational steps to becoming the new Parrish. We are so grateful for his leadership.”

Frank, a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, currently sits on the advisory board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Previously, she served on the board of Save Venice for twelve years, during which time she founded the Rosand Library and Study Center, and was board president of the Miami Art Museum from 2006 to 2009.

“I am gratified to have the opportunity to apply my love of art and diverse board experience to my position at the Parrish,” said Frank. “As the museum settles into its sixth year in its landmark Herzog and de Meuron home, I look forward to increasing our audience and spheres of influence in the local community and beyond.”