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FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Teams Up with PORCH to Feed the Community

May 7, 2020

Shop Online and Help Feed Local Families

“Over 14% of adults and 20% of children in Orange County are “food insecure”, meaning that they lack sufficient food for an active, healthy life.” With COVID-19 and current lock-down regulations, now more than ever local families need help in getting access to healthy meals. “Since its founding in 2010, PORCH has provided $2.8 million in hunger relief to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community,” and we are thrilled to help this fantastic organization add to that number.

Work by Carol Retsch-Bogart

Work by Emily Booker

Thanks to the generosity of FRANK artists, we are excited to announce that we have set-up an online gift shop with 20% of the sales proceeds going to local organization PORCH. PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization based in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area.

The shop will be updated regularly, so please check back often. The items in the shop are available for pick-up or non-contact local delivery weekly.

Work by Gordon Jameson

Work by Susan Filley

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FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, to Relocate to University Place in 2018, Will Conduct Preview Show There in November and December 2017

November 13, 2017

FRANK Gallery, a nonprofit artists’ collective showcasing the work of local and regional fine artists, announces that it will relocate to University Place in Chapel Hill, NC, in early 2018. The organization will celebrate the relocation with a grand re-opening at the new FRANK Gallery location on Friday, Feb. 9th, 2018. FRANK will conduct a preview pop-up show in the new University Place location during the upcoming holiday season, running from Nov. 24, to Dec. 24, 2017.

“We are excited about the broader accessibility and the larger space for outreach exhibits and programs that the move will provide” said Gordon Jameson, FRANK founding member and acting Gallery Manager. “We see the potential for great synergies with the other businesses and organizations located at University Place. We have been a long-time outreach program collaborator with Kidzu Children’s Museum, which is located there,” said Jameson.

FRANK will continue to operate its gallery at the current location in downtown Chapel Hill through Dec. 22, 2017.

FRANK gallery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated by member artists of the Franklin Street Arts Collective, with support from community leaders and art lovers. The mission of the Franklin Street Arts Collective is to support the arts community of Chapel Hill and the region, strengthen community appreciation of the arts through educational outreach, and promote Chapel Hill and North Carolina as a major arts destination. FRANK offers workshops, salons, and innovative programs that reach out to diverse groups within the community.

For more information about FRANK Gallery call 919/636-4135 or visit (

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, to Open Store within its Building – Oct. 6, 2017

August 30, 2017

The Ackland Art Museum announced today that its Museum Store, currently located on East Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, NC, will relocate to inside the Museum building, opening for business on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The Store will be open at its current location on Franklin Street through Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

“It feels like a homecoming,” said Katie Ziglar, Director of the Ackland Art Museum. “We are very pleased that we can bring the Museum Store to the Museum. It is an amenity people wish for while visiting the Ackland.”

“We have valued being a part of the fabric of Franklin Street since May of 2011, and have felt very supported by the town of Chapel Hill, the Downtown Partnership, and our customers,” said Alice Southwick, store manager. “As we have always been part of the Ackland Art Museum, it does feel right to be setting up shop inside the Museum’s building. We think our customers will be very pleased.”

The new Ackland Museum Store will include more products that tie to art and exhibitions on view in the Ackland’s galleries, a move that reflects popular demand. The Store will continue to sell works of art by local, regional, and international artists.

“We look forward to being able to offer shopping at the Museum Store—which, in turn, financially supports the Ackland’s exhibitions and programs—as an experience that immediately follows visiting our galleries,” said Ziglar.

Once inside the Museum building, the Store’s hours will follow the Museum’s: Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1 to 5pm. Like the Museum, the Store will be open until 9pm during the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk evenings.

Featuring a year-round calendar of special exhibitions and dynamic public programs, the Ackland Art Museum—located on the historic campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—encourages visitors to engage with the artistic past as well as with living artists from around the world. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, and North Carolina pottery. In addition, the Ackland has North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs). Its global collection of artworks from antiquity to the present makes the Ackland uniquely able to advance the teaching and research missions of the University.

The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia Street, just south of Franklin Street, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Admission to the Ackland Art Museum is free.

More information is available at (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Launches Apprentice Program for Emerging Artists

March 30, 2017

The Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK Gallery) in Chapel Hill, NC, will begin accepting applications for a one-year emerging artist apprentice program on April 1, 2017. The program will provide the selected artist(s) with opportunities for professional development, exposure, sale of artwork, and collaboration with the gallery, its members and local arts organizations.

“The apprentice program allows FRANK to give promising young artists an opportunity to learn the business of art through a truly hands-on experience, and from within a creative and supportive community,” said Torey Mishoe, Gallery Manager.

The program seeks to foster mutual growth between the apprentice, and the gallery artists. The apprentice’s participation in the collective offers the benefits of a FRANK membership, including exhibition opportunities in the gallery, mentorship from professional artists, and unrivaled access to the professional arts community in Chapel Hill and the Triangle. As an apprentice artist, the selected artist(s) will be expected to fulfill the duties of a member artist which include working in the gallery and serving on gallery committees, hosting artist talks, demonstrations, and/or workshops, and assisting in developing a community outreach exhibit.

Artists will be selected primarily on the strength of their artwork; apprenticeship will last for one year. Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger. Individuals from groups underrepresented in visual arts organizations are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Applications will be accepted from April 1 – 30, 2017 online at ( We will not accept mailed or e-mailed applications. Questions can be directed to ( Candidates will be notified by May 15, 2017. The residency will run from Aug. 2017 to July 2018.

FRANK Gallery is the art heartbeat of Downtown Chapel Hill – offering access to contemporary art by established local artists and a welcoming place for art lovers to gather on historic Franklin Street. Featuring work from more than 70 artists, FRANK is a 501(c)(3) non-profit collective, founded by the area’s finest artists working together to open the door for creative innovation in the arts.

The Mission of the Franklin Street Arts Collective is to support the local arts community and promote a vibrant downtown Chapel Hill through exhibits, events, programs, and educational outreach through FRANK Gallery.

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Receives Largest Gift Ever, Valued at $25 Million, including 7 Rembrandt Drawings

January 27, 2017


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC’s Ackland Art Museum has received its largest gift ever, donated from alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife Leena – valued at $25 million.

The unprecedented commitment includes an $8 million endowment to support a new curator and future acquisitions and an art gift of 134 primarily 17th-century European masterworks, valued at $17 million, including seven works by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606 – 1669: Canal and Boats with a Distant View of Amsterdam, c. 1640; reed pen and finger rubbing in dark brown (iron-gall) ink, 4-1/16 x 8 in. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Peck Collection.

With the Peck Collection gift, the Ackland becomes the first public university art museum in the United States to own a collection of drawings by Rembrandt and only the second university art museum in the nation to do so.

The masterworks are a major collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings built by the Pecks over the last four decades. Along with the Rembrandts, the collection includes nearly 100 17th-century Dutch landscape, genre and figural compositions by artists such as Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael, as well as a dozen 17th-century Flemish drawings by masters like Pieter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Paul Bril. A group of 15 18th- and 19th-century Dutch drawings is also part of the collection.

One of the Rembrandt drawings in the collection bears an inscription in the artist’s own handwriting, which until this donation was the last known drawing with such an inscription remaining in private hands.

“This amazing gift of European Golden Age art treasures – preserved for nearly 400 years and lovingly collected by the Pecks over the past 40 years – delights us today with its timeless beauty and will forever inspire future generations of students, scholars and visitors that come to our historic campus,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “These drawings are a remarkable window through which we glimpse past cultures and times through the eyes of masters. We are honored by the inestimable value of the Pecks’ gift because it advances Carolina’s public mission to serve the people of North Carolina and makes the university a destination for people of all ages from around the world for all time.”

The Pecks’ gift includes the Peck Collection Endowment Fund and the Sheldon Peck Curatorship Fund, dedicated to the care and enhancement of the Peck Collection, including conservation, digitization and cataloging, as well as funds for the acquisition of other European and American masterworks created before 1950.

The endowment will also enable the Ackland to create and support a new position at the museum: the Sheldon Peck curator of European and American art and curator of the Peck Collection. This is the Ackland’s first full-time endowed position.

“We are overjoyed with the Pecks’ exceptionally generous gift of art, funds for its stewardship and support for future acquisitions,” said Ackland Art Museum Director Katie Ziglar. “Thanks to the new curatorial position their endowment also provides, we look forward to organizing a series of special exhibitions focusing on masterworks from the Peck Collection. Works of such high achievement and quality will fascinate and delight Ackland visitors for decades to come.”

With their gift, the Pecks aspire to offer the public a deeper appreciation for the Dutch masters’ celebration of beauty in the everyday.

“The exceptional vision and profound humanity of the Dutch masters’ drawings still have the power to surprise and delight 400 years after their creation. I hope many will experience the pleasure and awe these works still elicit in me every time I study one,” said Sheldon Peck. “I am thrilled the Ackland, with its distinguished tradition of commitment to the research and exhibition of drawings, will now be the steward of what Leena and I have brought together.”

Peck, a native of Durham, is a prominent orthodontic specialist, educator and art collector. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Carolina in 1963 and his doctorate from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1966, he moved to Boston for a residency in orthodontics and then entered private practice and academics. Peck was a clinical professor of developmental biology at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine for 20 years, and served as an adjunct professor of orthodontics at Carolina’s School of Dentistry.

He has generously donated art to the Ackland since 1988, when he gave a drawing by Allart van Everdingen to the museum in honor of his much-admired older brother and Carolina alumnus, Harvey Peck. Works of art from the Pecks’ collection, many of them exhibited for the first time, were on view in the 1999 Ackland travelling exhibition “Fresh Woods and Pastures New.”

Peck has been a member of the Ackland’s national advisory board since 1987, and he and his wife are longtime supporters of the museum’s “Art For Lunch” lecture series.

“We are thrilled that a longtime board member has made such an unparalleled gift to the Ackland, which brings the museum to a new level of importance in the region and in our country,” said Kate Nevin, Ackland advisory board chair.

About the Ackland Art Museum

Featuring a year-round calendar of special exhibitions and dynamic public programs, the Ackland Art Museum – located on the historic campus of UNC-Chapel Hill – encourages visitors to engage with the rich legacy of the artistic past as well as with living artists from around the world. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery and folk art. Additionally, the Ackland holds North Carolina’s premiere collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints and photographs). This universal collection of artworks from antiquity to the present makes the Ackland uniquely able to advance the teaching and research missions of the University.

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

For further information contact Emily Bowles by calling 919/843-3675 or by e-mail to (

Katie Ziglar Named Director of Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

April 15, 2016


The Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, announced today that, following a national search, Katie Ziglar has been appointed as the Director of the Museum. Ziglar is currently the Director of External Affairs at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, a position she has held since 2003.

Katie Ziglar, who will begin as Director of the Ackland on July 6, 2016, brings to the position nearly 30 years’ experience as a museum professional. While at the Freer|Sackler, she substantially increased annual fund-raising, from $3M in FY07 to $12M in FY12, and participated in the leadership of the $1.5B Smithsonian campaign.

She has also contributed substantially to the successful management of other major cultural organizations including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the National Gallery of Art.

“We are delighted that Katie Ziglar will join the Ackland Art Museum as the new director,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Katie brings significant experience from her work at the Smithsonian Institution, where she contributed to increasing visibility and financial stability. We look forward to her leadership and vision for the Ackland Art Museum.”

“Katie’s experience with the Smithsonian Institution, most recently at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, brings a great depth and knowledge of building community affinity groups in working with collections, especially their Asian collection,” said James Keith Brown, chair of the Ackland Art Museum’s National Advisory Board. “Her background is key for the Ackland, given our various constituents, and our focus on Asian and contemporary works of art.”

Ziglar received a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a John Motley Morehead scholar, and an MA in Islamic art and architecture from American University in Cairo. She currently serves as a board member of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as Director of the Ackland Art Museum, and I look forward to returning to UNC-Chapel Hill in this position,” said Ziglar. “The Ackland is a vibrant, inspiring resource for this important global public research university as well as the entire Triangle community, the state of North Carolina, and our nation. I am eager to build on the incredible work of the Museum’s staff to further and deepen the Ackland’s role in scholarship and especially public engagement.”

The Ackland Art Museum is located on the historic campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 17,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery, and folk art. In addition, the Ackland has North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs). In 2016-17, the Ackland-organized exhibition “Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett” will travel to the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. GA.

The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia Street on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 1-5. Admission is free.

More information about the Ackland is available at (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers 6th Annual Fundraising Gala Off The Wall – Apr. 16, 2016

March 30, 2016


FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, will offer the 6th annual fundraiser gala, Off the Wall, on Apr. 16, 2016, beginning at 6pm.

Only 55 Art Tickets will be sold, equal to the number of donated artworks, ensuring that each Art Ticket holder will take an original piece of work of art home directly Off the Wall. FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated 55 works of art to our 6th Annual Gala Celebration, each valued between $350 to $3,000 (or more)! During the event, excitement builds as the evening’s MC randomly draws names, and each lucky individual takes a turn to select a piece of his or her choosing.


Art Ticket holders participate in the OFF THE WALL drawing, a live auction, and the end of the evening raffle. Every Art Ticket holder can add on a companion to join them for the evening.


Companion Tickets can be purchased to accompany an Art Ticket holder. Companions do not receive a piece of artwork from the wall, but are invited to enjoy the festivities, participate in the live auction, and will be entered into our final raffle for special prizes which will take place at the end of the evening.

PATRON TICKETS: $150 (admits two)

Patron Tickets will be available again this year; one of these tickets admits two to the event. Patron Ticket Holders can join in the celebration, bid in the live auction, and will be entered into our final raffle drawings. Patron ticket holders do not receive a piece of artwork from the wall.

You can view the donated works of art at this link (

For further information call the gallery at 919/636-4135 or visit (

FRANK gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers A Franklin Street Scavenger Hunt – Oct. 10, 2015

September 30, 2015


TRIANGULAR is a photo scavenger hunt in Downtown Chapel Hill, NC, for anyone and everyone! Tell your mailman, your grocer, and your professor. Come ready to traverse the downtown, track down clues, and snap photos based on a series of clues from FRANK gallery – Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 – ALL DAY!

This photo scavenger hunt will highlight the triangle, a shape that carries many meanings. It symbolizes strength, harmony, unity, and balance. It appears in the world everywhere, both in nature and by design. Inspired by the annual Click! Triangle Photography Festival, this hunt is about finding triangles or using creative methods to make your own.

The best thing about this scavenger hunt is you don’t need a fancy camera or a trained photographer’s eye. All you need is a phone and an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account. It’s all about experimenting with photography and exploring the way it can bring us together. In the end, all the photos from the day will be virtually collected and displayed online.

Bring your friends, family, and a camera, be open to new ways of seeing, and leave the rest to the hunt. This program is free and open to all. Pick up your clues at FRANK Gallery starting 11am on Oct. 10, 2015. Visit ( for more info, and please help us spread the word.

FRANK Gallery is located at 109 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC, 27514.

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers Off the Wall Fundraiser – Apr. 18, 2015

March 30, 2015


It is with a feeling of genuine accomplishment that FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, prepares to celebrate its 5th birthday as a non-profit organization that champions the arts, the general community, and, of course, downtown Chapel Hill. As an art gallery that displays the work of so many accomplished local artists, our reputation stands second to none. Of equal importance to us is our relation to many local out-reach programs—our ongoing mentorship of the Karen Youth Art Group, our creative collaboration with members of the Autism Spectrum Disorder community, and our creative liaison with many local young artists (Rubbish 2 Runway!)

Please mark your calendars: this year our annual Gala—the fundraising event so necessary to support FRANK’s contribution to the arts and to the community—will be held on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, beginning at 6pm. This year’s Gala, newly designed for a special audience of our supporters, will feature an exclusive collection of 55 pieces of high-quality art, all donated by local artists. Every Art Ticket-holder is guaranteed to leave FRANK Gallery not only with a work of art, but with the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve contributed to the well-being of this important Chapel Hill institution. The addition of a Patron Ticket now allows partygoers, those with less available wall space, to join us for the festivities. All ticketed guests will be included in the live auction portion and giveaways on this special evening. Because of the select nature of this event, space is limited, be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

Participating artists include: Keith Allen, Kathy Armacost, Peg Bachenheimer, Sasha Bakaric, Marty Biernbaum, Natalie Boorman, Alan Dehmer, Mark Elliott, Carmen Elliott, Judith Ernst, Peter Filene, Jane Filer Susan Filley, Peg Gignoux, Catherine Gregory, Linwood Hart, Shelly Hehenberger, Warren Hicks, Paul Hrusovsky, Gordon Jameson, Mirinda Kossoff, Mary Lamb, Carroll Lassiter, Jean LeCluyse, Nerys Levy, Michele Maynard, Bill McAllister, Rebecca Neigher, Jim Oleson, Elaine O’Neil, Linda Prager, Sudie Rakusin, Luna Lee Ray, Carol Retsch-Bogart, Noah Riedel, John Rosenthal, Carolyn Rugen, David Spear, Barbara Tyroler, Anita Wolfenden, and Aggie Zed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6:00PM

Ticket options:
Art Ticket (only 55 available!)
Admits one person to the Gala and includes the holder in the OFF THE WALL drawing – support FRANK AND take home a great piece of art!

Patron Ticket
Admits two people to the Gala. Enjoy a great evening out and show your support for FRANK.

Companion Ticket
Available to Art Ticket buyers who want to bring a guest.

Tickets can be purchased online at this link (, by phone, or in person at the gallery.

FRANK Gallery is located at 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

For further info call 919/636-4135 or visit (

Homestead Aquatics Center in Chapel Hill, NC, Unveils Installation of Photographs by Barbara Tyroler – June 28, 2014

June 14, 2014

Meet artist Barbara Tyroler, with Rockin’ photo printer and renown photographer, Wojtek Wojdnyski, June 28, 2014, from 4-6pm at the Homestead Aquatics Center in Chapel Hill, NC, to preview “Rockin’ the Spectrum”, a permanent installation of large-scale, abstract photographic water portraits of children in the Chapel Hill Park and Recreation Department Adapted Aquatics swimming classes.


The work is a project of Into the Streets, a community residency program of the Park’s Division of Cultural Arts and the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. Editorial assistance from curator and art historian Dr. Michael Mezzatesta and artists Katherine Armacost and Sandy Milroy.

The Homestead Aquatics Center is located at 300 Northern Park Drive.

Phone 919/968-2799 for directions. For info about the project e-mail Barbara Tyroler  at (