Francine Weiss, Ph.D.

Newport Art Museum


Francine Weiss is the Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island since September 2016. Prior to NAM, she served as Curator at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston and Editor for Loupe journal. Her past positions include acting assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and curatorial fellowships and research assistantships at the Harvard University Art Museums and deCordova Museum in Sculpture Park in Massachusetts. In addition to her curatorial work, Weiss has taught courses in the history of photography at Boston University and Wellesley College, and critical theory for the MFA in photography program at New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Weiss received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and her Doctorate from Boston University. Her writing has been featured in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and academic journals. She has also held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, Center for Creative Photography, and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. As an artist, she has exhibited her work at the Danforth Art Museum (MA), Photographic Resource Center (MA), A Smith Gallery (TX), and Photosynthesis Gallery (CT).

Her current projects at the Newport Art Museum include exhibitions and acquisitions of contemporary art, photography, and new media. For this summer, she is organizing two photography exhibitions related to American music in conjunction with the Newport folk and jazz festivals.