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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 (

Town of Chapel Hill, NC’s Park and Rec Department Announce Line Up for Music and Art Series – Beginning Apr. 11, 2014

April 8, 2014


The Town of Chapel Hill, NC’s, Park and Rec Department, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, are pleased to announce our spring line up for the Live and Local! Music and Art series for the Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. The Plaza is “A Place for Everyone” and is a facility where recreation, leisure and the arts can all be accessed. Downtown begins here!

Apr. 11, 2014, 6-9pm – Enjoy the spring awakening of “Exhale”/ 2nd Friday Art Walk; dance performance by Studio A Dancers, musical performance by Tucker Street, and Comedic Emcee provided by DSI

Apr. 25, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music and Art on the Plaza kickoff and musical performance by Tea Cup Gin

Apr. 26 2014, 3-7pm – Get up and Dance! National Dance week, musical performance by I Was Totally Destroying It; and enjoy short demos by various community dance groups

May 2, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by John G Franklin

May 9, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza/ 2nd Friday Art Walk; and contemporary dance by Justin Tornow and COMPANY

May 16, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and comedic performance by DSI

May 17, 2014, 3-7pm – Go Chapel Hill Bike Day – Bike In Events and competitions and musical performance by the Acoustic Bandits

May 23, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by Gregg Gelb’s jazz trio

May 30, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by the Capital Transit

June 6, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by Steph and the Boyfriends

June 13, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza / 2nd Friday Art Walk; musical performance by A Mad Affair; Grab a sketch book and a pencil and draw alongside the Triangle Sketch group; and Art Images Live

June 20, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by The Rousters

June 21, 2014, 2-6pm – Summer Fest, with musical performance by The Waterlilies children’s band and enjoy family friendly activities

June 27, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza/ End of the spring series; and musical performance by Thelonious A Cappella group

For further info visit (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, to Give Away Thousands of Dollars Worth of Art – Apr. 12, 2014

February 20, 2014


FRANK Gallery, nonprofit artists’ collective showcasing the work of local and regional fine artists, in Chapel Hill, NC announces that tickets are now on sale for its fourth annual birthday bash and fundraising gala, OFF THE WALL. The gala will kick off at 6 pm at FRANK Gallery on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. This popular and highly anticipated event has sold out well in advance during the past three years.

The gala’s focus is its wall of original artist-donated fine art, including paintings, woodwork, sculpture, pottery and jewelry, among other media.  Each art ticket holder will have a chance to select a piece of art OFF THE WALL or from the display cases and take it home. Generous local restaurants provide food and drink.  Proceeds from ticket sales will help support FRANK’s educational and community outreach programs and exhibits.

How it works:
FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated 100 works of art, valued from more than $300 to $3,000. Only 100 Art Tickets will be sold, equal to the number of artworks, ensuring that each Art Ticket holder will take home a work of art valued at considerably more than the cost of the ticket.


During the event, excitement builds as the gala host, WUNC radio’s Frank Stasio, draws names randomly and then allows the lucky individuals to take their selections OFF THE WALL.

Donated artwork will be on display before the fundraiser, beginning Tuesday, April 1st, at FRANK. Art donated to date can be viewed on the Web at (

Off THE WALL Art Tickets are now on sale for $250 each and are available at FRANK Gallery, 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; by phone at 919/636-4135; and online at ( Companion tickets are available for $50 when accompanied by a $250 art ticket purchase.

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, go to (

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Switches to LED Lighting

June 20, 2013


The renowned museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, will celebrate its transition to 100 percent LED lighting – a money-saving, energy-conscious move that also enhances spectators’ views of the exhibits – with a June 20 Open House from 6 to 8pm. It is free to the public.

“Our staff did a great deal of research to make sure that the switch to LED would not only save energy, but would also be the right decision for our works of art,” said Emily Kass, Ackland’s director. “The new LED lighting dramatically improves our visitors’ experience, as the art works’ colors are more accurate and vivid.”

The museum worked with the campus’s Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee over the past two years to explore ways in which the Ackland could reduce its energy consumption. RESPC paid approximately $52,000 dollars to fully fund the transition of gallery lights to more efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs from Durham-based LED innovator Cree, Inc.

With less heat being produced by the more than 400 Cree LED lights, the Ackland’s HVAC systems run much more efficiently, especially in the summer months, further reducing its electricity consumption and carbon emissions.

Cree estimates the new lights will use 117,000 fewer kilowatt hours per year and will save the museum, and thus UNC, more than $13,000 dollars annually.

“The Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee is always looking for new areas of the UNC campus in which to reduce energy consumption,” said RESPC co-chair Piya Kerdlap, whose student organization manages the funds raised by the $4-dollar-per-semester Student Renewable Energy Fee. “Not only did the Ackland have great potential for saving energy, but it presented an opportunity for our organization to reach out to a more diverse audience and raise awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation.

“What made this project unique were the additional benefits of improved display conditions for the art works. The Ackland’s need for LED lighting clearly resonated with the mission of the RESPC and was well worth the investment.”

In addition to a significant energy reduction, the LED lamps enhance the visual appearance of art in the museum. Featuring Cree TrueWhite Technology, the new bulbs provide exceptional color accuracy and rendering, enabling a fuller spectrum to be visible and color contrasts to be seen more accurately with the human eye as compared to most other artificial lamps.

Also key to the Ackland: LED lighting emits essentially no infrared or ultraviolet light, both of which can damage all kinds of works of art — particularly works on paper (drawings, prints and photographs) and textiles.

“As a local Triangle business, we are pleased to help the Ackland Art Museum transition to 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting, offering an enhanced visual experience for museum visitors while delivering significant savings on energy and maintenance costs,” said Greg Merritt, vice president of lighting at Cree. “The Cree LRP-38 and LBR-30 LED lamps installed offer a unique combination of technical innovations to deliver enhanced color quality, efficacy and lifetime to the Ackland, where beautiful, high-quality lighting is essential.”

The museum estimates an energy savings of 87 percent per year over the previous lighting, resulting in a reduction of 73 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Ackland Art Museum’s new lighting system is both energy efficient and cost-saving. A quick look:

Previous incandescent and halogen lights:
· Watts per bulb: 65 to 90
· verage life span: 7 to 9 months

New Cree LED lights:
· Watts per bulb: 12 to 13.5
· Estimated average life span: 11 to 15 years

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

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers Panel Discussion on Setting up an Art Business – May 30, 2013

May 29, 2013


Are you an independent artist in the Triangle area of NC? Are you thinking about scaling your work into a full time small business? Join our panel of artists and business experts to learn more about the resources and tools that are available to you in our community. We will discuss the obstacles and opportunities of independent artists over wine and finger food provided by FRANK Gallery.

Featured panelists include:

Beth Yerxa – Triangle ArtWorks
Heather Allen – Capital H Creative
Kim Kirchstein – Leopold Designs
River Capel – River Basin Outfitters
Christina Brennan – Sofia’s
Ed Timberlake – Trademark & Copyright Lawyer

Date: Thursday, May 30th

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Frank Gallery, 109 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC.

Cost: $5 at the door (cash or cards accepted)

If you have specific questions you’d like answered during the panel discussion, please e-mail those to us at (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers “OFF THE WALL” Fundraising Gala – Apr. 20, 2013

March 15, 2013


FRANK Gallery, a non-profit collective in Chapel Hill, NC, featuring the work of local and regional fine artists, today announced that tickets are on sale for its third birthday celebration and fundraiser, “OFF THE WALL!” Tickets to this popular annual event have sold out well in advance in the past two years. The event will be held at the gallery on Franklin Street on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013, starting at 6 pm, and will be unique and fun – much like FRANK. The evening’s focus will be artist-donated original fine art that FRANK will literally take “OFF THE WALL” and give to lucky new owners! Delightful food and drink will be provided by generous local restaurants.

How it works – 100 pieces of art (each valued from over $300 to $3,000) will be donated by FRANK artists and other well-known local artists. Only 100 tickets are available for purchase, equal to the number of artworks donated, ensuring that every ticket holder will take a piece home. The tension will build as our host, WUNC & NPR’s Frank Stasio, draws each name randomly, allowing that person to make an art selection – right off the wall!

The donated artwork will be on display prior to the fundraiser starting Wednesday, April 10, at FRANK.  Art donated to date is now available for viewing on the web at (

Silent auction now open – “OFF THE WALL” attendees will also have the opportunity to make the final bids in FRANK’s annual silent auction, which will close with the event. A variety of items ranging from a wine tasting for friends, to dinner with journalist Hal Crowther and author Lee Smith, to an autographed picture of the recipient with former UNC basketball star Lenny Rosenbluth have been donated for the auction. Bidding is now open online at ( Online bidding will conclude on Friday, Apr. 19, and live bidding will close at the “OFF THE WALL” event.

To purchase tickets – “OFF THE WALL” tickets are on sale now at $225 each and are available at FRANK gallery, 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; by phone at 919/636-4135; and online at ( Companion tickets are available for $75 when accompanied by a $225 art ticket purchase. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit FRANK and its educational programming, exhibits, and community outreach programs.

FRANK gallery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by the volunteer effort of the Member Artists of the Franklin Street Arts Collective, its staff and with the support of community leaders and art lovers.

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

More information about FRANK is available at (


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