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Frank Konhaus

Frank Konhaus is the director of Cassilhaus, a home-based multidisciplinary arts center between Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He directs their exhibition and artist-in-residence programs and manages the Cassilhaus Collection of contemporary photography. He is also the founding principal of KONTEK Systems, Inc., an audio/video system design and integration firm based in Durham, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke University and studied product design at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Frank recently completed a five-month research sabbatical investigating innovative artist residency and community arts programs across the U.S.

Along with his wife Ellen Cassilly, he brought French photographer and installation artist Georges Rousse to North Carolina for major public art projects in 2006 and 2016. He has served as executive producer for two documentary film projects: Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project and Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty. Frank serves on the Collections Committee at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and was one of the founders of the annual Click! Photography Festival. He is a passionate collector of contemporary photography.

Twelve Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My family—my amazing wife, Ellen, and super felines Jaco and Joni
  2. The Cassilhaus community
  3. Photographs
  4. Leonard Cohen
  5. Love and human touch
  6. Subtlety
  7. Sunday New York Times
  8. My projection clock
  9. A firm mattress
  10. Salt
  11. My iPhone and the Hand and Foot App
  12. San Pelligrino Chinotto