An American art critic, editor, writer and curator, Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Miami’s flagship art museum.
Since coming to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2015, Sirmans has overseen the acquisition of more than a thousand works of art by donation or purchase. This included the largest single donation of works in the museum’s history when more than 100 pieces of art were donated by Design District developer Craig Robins.
At PAMM, Sirmans has pursued his vision of the institution as “the people’s museum,” representing a Miami lens. He has done this by enhancing existing affiliate groups, including the PAMM Fund for African American Art and by creating the International Women’s Committee and the Latin American and Latinx Art Fund.
Before his appointment he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Before that he was curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston.
Sirmans has been a leader in creating a strong shared vision among his staff and fostering a team culture to make community impact. He brings depth, wisdom, and unparalleled leadership to the Perez Art Museum, and he is steadfast in his commitment to mission-driven work.