The Frame Gallery is a non-profit, student-run art space. It is committed to showcasing the artistic work of Carnegie Mellon students, promoting ambitious and experimental art within our community. It was first opened by Aladar Marberger in 1969, taking over what was once the Woodlawn Pharmacy, to provide exhibit space for University staff and students. Marberger ran the gallery independently, without ties to any particular department and selected work for the seven exhibitions each semester. He was aided by three assistants who received full tuition to Carnegie Mellon for their work. In 1976 the Gallery acquired the name, The Forbes Street Gallery and in 1982 it became the Forbes Gallery. In 1998 it became the FRAME and is now commonly referred to as The Frame Gallery. The Frame Gallery has changed considerably throughout the years and is now financially supported by JFC and the School of Art and is entirely student-run. There are currently four students staffed each semester fulfilling the roles of Co-Director (a two student partnership), Business Manager, and Public Relations Director.
About the Founder
Aladar Marberger was born in Philadelphia in 1947 and grew up nearby in Elkins Park, PA. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art in 1970 with a concentration in painting. After opening the student gallery his senior year (‘69) with two fellow students, Don Whipple, a senior architecture student, and Stuart White, a graduate painting student, Marberger opened a student run gallery space, what has now become known as the Frame Gallery. That year they were featured in an article by the school newspaper that reported an attendance of 1,500 people within the first two weeks of their opening. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Marberger moved to New York where he soon became the Assistant Dean of the New York Studio School, an artist's academy. A few years later in the mid-seventies, he moved to the Fischbach Gallery and was appointed the position of director. Marberger sadly passed away in 1988 at the young age of 41 from AIDS. Up until his death, Marberger was an outspoken activist, promoting research for experimental treatments and fought against the social stigma of the disease itself.
Meet the Staff
Co-Director: Joni Sullivan
Co-Director: Bridget Quirk
Business Manager: Grace Huddleston
PR Manager: Chloé Desaulles