Rachel Frisby serves as the Polasek’s Curator and directs our exhibitions and programming. Frisby received her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Wisconsin Superior and was her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.
Before joining the Polasek staff, she worked as the Lead Teacher for the Whatsoever Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She also worked as the Collections Specialist for the University of Kansas Archive of Recorded Sound and has been trained as a laboratory technician for books and works on paper at the Stannard Conservation Laboratory in Lawrence, Kansas. Her curatorial experience ranges from coordinating university-based art shows to creating exhibitions for historical institutions such as the Mt. Hood Museum in Oregon.
Since joining the Polasek in 2011, she has curated original exhibitions ranging from juried contemporary shows to historic object and art based collections. As exhibitions and programming director Frisby strives to develop collaborative partnerships and opportunities for artists and organizations and acts as the representative for the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program. As an artist and educator, her goal is to promote collections accessibility and offer exciting educational programming and visual arts experiences for all visitors.
Frisby is an active member of the regional arts community as an organizer, judge, and volunteer for artist organizations, festivals, civic entities, and schools throughout Central Florida.