Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami
Franklin Sirmans recalls being surrounded by art for as long as he can remember. "My father was interested in art as a collector," says the museum director. His father, a doctor, collected work by African American artists. Plus, growing up in Harlem, Sirmans had access to New York's museums. He remembers visiting the Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a child.
"I don't think I fully appreciated what art was until I discovered it was more than something that had to be on a wall, or that just stood still."