About Larry Frank: Maverick Collector of New Mexican Art

Larry Frank (1926-2006) became interested in religious sculpture while living in France after graduating from the University of California Berkeley. Later while living in Los Angeles with his wife Alyce, they visited New Mexico starting a love affair with the state and its cultures.

In 1962 the Frank family moved to Arroyo Hondo where they bought an abandoned morada and turned it into their home. Mr. Frank spent the next four decades building his collection of New Mexican devotional art that is now a state treasure. Many of the santos that comprise the Larry Frank collection were purchased during the 1960s and 1970s before there was great interest in them. He recognized the artistic, cultural, and historical value of these pieces.

Mr. Frank hoped that the collection would remain intact and in New Mexico. The Frank family, the state of New Mexico, and an avid group of supporters for the project have made his wish come true.

Curator's Introduction Video
Curator's Introduction

Collector's Interview Video
Collector's Interview

Gallery Tour Video
Gallery Tour