Henry Clay Frick envisioned a museum “for the purpose of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects.”
Education programs are at the heart of the Frick’s mission. The Frick has presented concerts since the museum opened in 1935 and has hosted lectures and symposia for nearly as long. Today, the institution offers a wide range of seminars, gallery talks, a variety of student courses, school visits, studio programs, and internships at both the college and graduate levels. Three major audience categories are served, as listed below, and many programs types exist within each of these categories.
An array of programs and free evenings designed to engage middle school, high school, college students, and general public has cultivated a young audience, and the overall popularity of lectures, performances, and concerts continues to grow. The lack of dedicated spaces for education, however, poses an ongoing challenge. Additionally, the constraints of the Music Room, which is used for lectures, symposia, and concerts, limit the institution’s ability to accommodate its audiences. Innovative performances, lectures by top scholars and artists, many seminars, and classes are filled to capacity or have waitlists. Concerts by celebrated artists sell out on a regular basis. The Frick’s space limitations often result in having to turn people away.
The addition of devoted education spaces and a larger auditorium would enable the Frick to better serve the public. The larger auditorium would provide more seating than the current Music Room, an appropriate increase to accommodate demand while preserving the intimate visitor experience.
Training the Next Generation of Educators and Scholars
The education department hosts interns and supports students with an avid interest in museum careers. Additionally, the Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship recognizes the critical role of gallery teachers in museum education and provides an annual opportunity for a promising museum educator to study and practice gallery teaching at the Frick.
Likewise, the curatorial department hosts a groundbreaking two-year fellowship program for graduate students that provides on-site training for the next generation of art historians. Doctoral candidates participating in the program work closely with the curatorial department on projects, exhibitions, and symposia while completing their dissertations. Hosted by the Frick for over ten years, the curatorial fellowship program has produced a remarkable group of alumni, who have been hired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; The Frick Collection, New York; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Blanton Museum, Austin; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Participants also pursue academic careers and can be found teaching at universities and colleges including Tulane, M.I.T., and Vassar.
The Frick Art Reference Library and the Center for the History of Collecting also offer internships and fellowships that support both scholars engaged in post-doctoral research as well as graduate students.
Information about the Frick’s training programs for conservators is available here.
Art History Club for Middle School
Guided School Visits
Frick Forum for High School
Summer Study Projects
Cool Classes for Hot Nights
The Frick Connection
Internships, various departments
Ayesha Bulchandani Undergraduate Internship Program
Ghetto Film School Program
Samuel H. Kress Lecture in Museum Education
Ayesha Bulchandani Graduate Internship Program
Private Visits for Museum and University Colleagues
Anne Poulet Curatorial Fellowship
Conservation Department Internships
Samuel H. Kress Fellowship, Center for the History of Collecting
Leon Levy Foundation Fellowship, Center for the History of Collecting
For press coverage of the Frick’s innovative collaboration with the Ghetto Film School, follow these links
New York Times
Young Moviemakers Meet Old Masters at the Frick
Association of Museum Directors (AAMD)
Next Practices in Diversity and Inclusion