Andrea Frank was born in Munich, Germany, where she studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts (Diplom, Staatsexamen). She received an MFA from Parsons The New School and participated in the Studio Program of the Whitney Independent Study Program, both in New York City.
Frank's artistic work addresses questions of collective responsibility and psychology around current issues of global concern from a systems perspective using a wide range of media. Recent solo exhibitions include Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice, Carroll and Sons in Boston, Edward Thorp Gallery in New York, and the Kunsthalle Gppingen in Gppingen, Germany.
She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the DAAD, Rotary International Foundation, Danner Stiftung, Vermont Studio Center, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the MIT Council for the Arts and SUNY New Paltz's Research and Creative Projects Award.
Frank is an Associate Professor in Photography at the State University of New York at New Paltz. From 2003 to 2012, she taught Photography and Related Media at MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA.