A Message from Director Pamela Franks

What a wonderful time to begin my tenure as the Class of 1956 Director of Williams College Museum of Art—since I came to Williamstown in mid-September, the energy on campus has been palpable and invigorating. My first months here have been filled with fruitful conversations, as I get to know the incredibly talented museum staff, enthusiastic students, dynamic faculty, and dedicated alumni. Members of the broader Berkshire community have been similarly generous welcoming me to WCMA and the region. Together we have had inspiring discussions about our collective hopes and dreams for the art museum as we plan strategically for its future—a future befitting the caliber of education, creativity, and inquiry that is at the heart of the Williams College experience.

The compelling slate of exhibitions this season draws collection objects into conversation with newly-acquired works or objects on loan; make connections between art works and the curriculum; and delve into Williams College history. Each is an intellectual and aesthetic exercise in creating possibilities and stimulating new ideas. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, the museum is a both a home for inquiry and exploration and an agent for artful change in the world beyond Williams. The exhibitions exemplify what WCMA does best.

This summer the museum closes its doors for twelve weeks for some long planned and vital maintenance to Lawrence Hall. In the fall we reopen with the homecoming of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a critically-acclaimed exhibition co-curated by Williams College Professor C. Ondine Chavoya. There will be cause for celebration indeed.

I am deeply grateful to my new colleagues for their warm welcome and willingness to share their insights and expertise. It is a privilege and a joy to lead one of the premier teaching museums in the country, knowing that generative partnerships across campus and farther afield will allow the Williams College Museum of Art to thrive and grow in exciting new ways over the coming years.

— Pam Franks, Class of 1956 Director

Pamela Franks, 1956 Director