Speaker: Abigail Franzen-Sheehan
April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Speakers: Biography

Abigail Franzen-Sheehan

Assistant Education Curator: Interpretation and Resources
The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St.
Pittsburgh PA
15212 USA

Abigail Franzen-Sheehan is a professional arts educator and painter. In the position of Assistant Education Curator: Interpretation and Resources, at The Andy Warhol Museum, Franzen-Sheehan works to incorporate arts education both in and out of the museum context. As project manager of the website The Warhol: resources and lessons, Franzen-Sheehan is a key communicator between museum staff, education professionals, designers, researchers, and editors. She has both developed and tested curriculum content while collaborating with diverse groups as, The Writing Project at The University of Pittsburgh, Manchester Craftsman's Guild, The John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, The Pittsburgh Public Schools, suburban districts and private schools. The ongoing curriculum and interpretative projects have also created opportunities for Abigail to collaborate with local and national artists, writers, dancers, poets, and musicians. Abigail previously taught studio arts at The Pennsylvania Governor's school for the Arts at Mercy Hearst College, Erie, PA, and at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received her BFA with honors in 1992. Abigail maintains a studio space in Pittsburgh and her paintings have been featured in solo and group shows, in galleries, including: Gallery in the Square, Pittsburgh, PA, The Hoyt Institute for Fine Arts, New Castle, PA, The Cummings Gallery, Erie, PA, The HUB Gallery, Penn State University, the Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Abigail will present Expanding Art Museums into Humanities Classrooms: Research on online curricula for cross-disciplinary study. [Paper]