Boyer served as a faculty member in the Departments of Art and Art Education for nearly two decades. He was as a passionate teacher, art critic, curator, scholar and poet, who imbued his teaching with insights drawn from his expertise in art history and criticism and his gifts for creative writing and critical thinking.
He regularly integrated exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum into his classes to enhance students’ experience and use the Museum as a genuine instrument of his pedagogy. Boyer believed in the power of art to liberate minds and create strong social bonds and encouraged his students to find their own approach to appreciating, understanding and writing about art.
In 2001, Boyer met Jan Sawka, a Polish and American artist with whom he would collaborate frequently until Sawka’s death in 2012. He later co-curated two major exhibitions of Jan Sawka’s work, including the 2020 Dorsky exhibition, “Jan Sawka: The Place of Memory (The Memory of Place).”
All are welcome to attend the memorial for Frank Boyer on Sept. 14. Please visit the Dorsky Museum website for directions and additional information.