The mission of the Andrea Frank Foundation is to enhance the legacies of the artists Robert Frank and June Leaf through the preservation, scholarship and the distribution of their works. We provide support to artists, curators, educators, students and cultural institutions.
The Andrea Frank Foundation (AFF) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization by the photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank and the artist June Leaf in honor of the memory of Robert Frank’s daughter, Andrea. Robert Frank and June Leaf, with the help of four friends, began their philanthropic work by awarding grants to help support photographers, filmmakers, students, curators and cultural institutions.
Among the recipients of these early grants were the photographer Judith Joy Ross and the filmmaker Miranda July. Institutions that received grants to support their endowments and programing included: The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Visual Arts Workshop, Anthology Film Archives, Yale University School of Art and the New York City Public Schools. Grants were also awarded in support of publications, including a catalogue for the photographer Louis Faurer’s retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Robert Frank passed on September 9, 2019, leaving a bequest to the foundation of his own artwork, artworks by many of his friends, his copyright, papers, archives and some funds. June Leaf continues her art practice, working across several mediums. The Andrea Frank Foundation trustees and staff are currently working to create a complete inventory of the inherited assets.
While the Andrea Frank Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for grants, the foundation will begin to award grants again in 2022.
Inquiries for the proper use of Robert Frank’s copyright, which is owned by the Andrea Frank Foundation, as well as requests for research access and the licensing of holdings and possible loans, may be requested of the materials currently listed on the foundation website.
Inquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ANDREA FRANK FOUNDATION TRUSTEES
Jock Reynolds, President
Artist, curator, former director of Yale University Art Gallery
Clark Winter, Treasurer
Artist, global investment strategist
Alice Attie, Secretary