FRANK Gallery’s community outreach programs continue to grow and expand each year thanks to our generous donors, as well as the many artists and volunteers involved in turning big ideas into a grand reality for our partner organizations. This year, we recognized this growth by dedicating a portion of our gallery exclusively to community outreach exhibitions. This space, now the Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery, is devoted to exploring how art can make a difference, and helps to fulfill our mission to support the local arts community and promote a vibrant downtown Chapel Hill through exhibits, events, programs, and educational outreach through FRANK Gallery. We host monthly exhibitions from a wide range of artists and groups including, but not limited to:
IntraHealth International (December 2015 – January 2016), a photography exhibition highlighting their work with maternal and neo-natal care in underdeveloped countries around the world.
Diversabilities (April 2016), a celebration of Autism Awareness month through the photographs of Guggenheim Fellowship winner Mary Berridge and her images of local families impacted by Autism.
Brushes with Life (July 2016), showcasing the work of Grayson Bowen, an artist living with schizophrenia and coordinator of the Brushes with Life Arts Program with the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.
African American Quilt Circle (August 2016), an exhibition of small pictorial quilts by six Durham fiber artists, highlighting the style, techniques, and quality of traditional African American Quilting.
Volunteers for Youth (November 2016), FRANK artists collaborate with the Family Success Alliance and A.L. Stanback Middle School Counselors to teach and encourage self-expression to at-risk youths.
We are very proud of the programs that have developed from within FRANK. These programs are conceived, hosted, and run by the artists at FRANK Gallery and continue to grow with the help of their hard work and dedication to our mission.
Karen Youth Art Group, a program established to give Karen (Burmese) Refugee students living in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area a platform of self-expression. In June of 2016, our third year, they illustrated, wrote, and self-published a beautiful children’s book telling the story of their farming traditions.
FRANK:inFocus, our annual celebration of community through photography; each year presented in a new and exciting way, featuring community members, students, and photographers working in a variety of processes.
Rubbish 2 Runway III focused on student designers, once again tasking them with creating dresses from recycled materials. We were graciously hosted by the Mercedes Benz of Durham showroom for our fashion show in May.
Kidzu Children’s Museum continues to be an important partner for FRANK, bringing us a wonderful exhibition about play, and highlighting the importance of arts education on learning and development.
FRANK Gallery's Karen Youth Art Group was featured on WUNC's The State of Things, with Frank Stasio on Friday, June 3rd!
Click here to listen to the full interview.
Durham Academy's video about their project & exhibition at FRANK!