Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Board of Directors - Foundation

Dr. Lise Motherwell
Director and Chair

Dr. Lise Motherwell, a licensed psychologist, is a stepdaughter of Helen Frankenthaler. She is President of the Board of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, where she recently co-curated with Elizabeth Smith a show of Helen Frankenthaler's work titled Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown. She has written articles and essays on various artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Anne-Marie Levine, Robert Motherwell, and Tabitha Vevers.

Clifford Ross
Director, President and Former Chair

Clifford Ross is a multimedia artist whose work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art among others. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad, including a large-scale survey at MASS MoCA in 2015. A nephew of Helen Frankenthaler, he was elected to serve as Chair of the Foundation for eight years after her death. He is the author of Abstract Expressionism: Creators and Critics.

Michael Hecht
Director and Secretary / Treasurer

Michael Hecht, who worked with Helen Frankenthaler for many decades, is one of the founding members of Hecht and Company, P.C., Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the Boards of Bennington College, Al Held Foundation, Nancy Graves Foundation, and The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, among others.   

Richard Armstrong

Richard Armstrong was Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation from 2008 to 2023 and Henry J. Heinz Director, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, from 1996 to 2008. He held various previous curatorial roles in museums including the Carnegie, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.  Armstrong is a member of several foundation boards as well as the art advisory board of the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland.