Mission Statement

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.

FRANK Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit art gallery

Board of Directors

Gordon Jameson, Chair
Gordon is a member artist and one of the founding members of FRANK. Gordon has been a professional artist for over three decades. He has extensive experience in working with arts organizations. Gordon is one of the founding members of Orange County Artist Guild and he served on Board of Directors of Orange County Artist Commission since 2000. Gordon lives in rural Orange County with his wife where he enjoys gardening, cooking and fine dining.

Susan Filley, Vice Chair 
Susan has an MFA in ceramics and is an internationally recognized ceramic artist. She is a native of Chapel Hill and one of the founding members of FRANK.  Susan served as Board President of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and she has extensive experience in developing artists’ cooperatives, galleries and art organizations.

Sasha Bakaric, Secretary
Sasha is a member artist of FRANK. With an advanced degree in applied mathematics Sasha had a successful career in management and finance before devoting herself to ceramics. Originally from Croatia, she now lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two daughters. 

Melanie Robinson, Treasurer
Melanie has a degree in Advertising and Business Marketing.  She is experienced as a business analyst and financial consultant.

Shelly Crisp

Shelley recently retired as Executive Director of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a doctoral degree in English from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as an MFA in poetry from UNCG. Shelley has extensive experience in both teaching and academic and nonprofit administration.

Bobby Funk
Bobby is Assistant Director of Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, an organization that is actively supporting FRANK. 

Alan Hecht
Alan is a President of Multi-Chanel-Marketing, a marketing consulting company that he started in 2001, after a successful marketing career at Saks Fifth Avenue, Gray Advertising and Bloomingdales. Alan holds BA in History from Queens College, an MBA in Marketing from New York University. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife who is an artist and owner of Top Dog Art.

Towny Ludington
Towny had a long and successful career as a professor of English and American Studies at UNC. He holds bachelor’s degree from Yale and a doctoral degree from Duke University. Towny is the author of 11 books on American literature, arts and culture. He is currently chairman of North Carolina Humanities Council. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife.

Dianne Rosenbluth

Dianne  is a longtime resident of Chapel Hill.  Originally from Charlotte, she is a graduate of St Mary's College and holds an AB and MEd degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a Delta Delta Delta. She is a founding partner/owner/broker of The Home Team Properties, has two grown children and is married to Lennie Rosenbluth. She is a patron of local arts and is an avid UNC supporter.  

Barbara Tyroler
Barbara is a photographer and a member artists of FRANK. She holds degrees from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and University of Maryland. Barbara is a native of Chapel Hill and before returning to her hometown she was on the faculty of the University of Maryland. Barbara’s interests are in community organizing. She is a recipient of over 25 community development grants.

Steve Winegar
Steve is the owner of ProTect Painters of North Raleigh and Wake Forest.  He is a local entrepreneur who has helped grow several companies in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area over his 25+ years here.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from Duke University.


Advisory Board

Bonnie Layman, retired
John Warasila, Alliance Architecture
Jeffrey York, Director, Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission
Dan Ellison, Attorney