Frank Smigiel

Senior Lecturer ; Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies
Exhibition and Museum Studies

Frank Smigiel is the Director of Arts Programming & Partnerships at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.  As the newly appointed Chair of Exhibition & Museum Studies, Smigiel will deepen the department's engagement with arts infrastructures and support students to develop practices in exhibition-making, publishing, and performance.  The former Associate Curator of Performance & Film at SFMOMA, his curatorial interests including the intersection of theater and time-based art, commerce by artists, and queer histories.  He has worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the University of the Arts.  He holds a doctorate in English Literature.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A., University of Delaware
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh


  • "A Producer's Journal, or Judgment A Go-Go": 
  • "'I'm with the Band,' or Notes on Imagined Communities":