Josh Franco is the Latino Collections Specialist at the Archives of American Art. He works to identify, investigate, and acquire personal papers and institutional records that tell the stories of Latino / a art. In addition to ensuring their preservation at the Smithsonian, Franco advises researchers working in the Archives, making them aware of Latino / a primary sources relevant to their pursuits. Franco also advises early and mid-career artists on planning for the future of their personal papers.
Franco served as a 2014-15 National Co-Director of PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education). Since January 2013, he has been an Artist-Guide at JUDD Foundation, the New York home and studio of Donald Judd.
As an artist, Franco has produced and exhibited one artwork annually since 2009. In addition to fulfilling a creative need, this practice ensures that his scholarship is constantly informed by the intimate processes of making work and participating directly in the exhibition process.