Making Moves

courtesy Barbara Tyroler

Chapel Hill’s FRANK Gallery has a new location

by Catherine Currin

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill is moving toward wide open spaces. The intimate, mixed-media gallery founded in 2010 left its original location on Franklin Street in December and officially opens its new doors Feb. 9. Artists say the new spot, just a few miles away at University Place, offers more room, both inside for installation and outside for access. “We love the location and the fact that there’s lots of parking. We’re hoping to attract new people to the gallery,” says jewelry curator and member artist Mirinda Kossoff. She hopes the move will be an opportunity for “a whole new audience and perspective.”

What won’t change are the museum’s civic priorities. FRANK’s community involvement has always set them apart, Kossoff says: From working with University Place neighbor Kidzu Children’s Museum to collaborative projects with Karen refugees in the Chapel Hill community, “we’re not just a gallery, we’re art outreach.”