Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier

The STUDIO administers the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier — an endowment to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, staff and students of Carnegie Mellon. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines. The Frank-Ratchye fund supports at least five projects per year, which are selected by a committee twice annually.


Sarah Ratchye is a CMU alumna and artist whose work has been exhibited in numerous one-person and juried shows and is in private collections in the United States and Australia. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) from 2001 through 2010, and was chairman of the SJMA collections committee. Ratchye has earned degrees from CMU, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Ed Frank is a CMU alumnus, University Life Trustee, and Chairman of Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University. He is Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple, Inc. Previously, he was Corporate Vice President for R&D at Broadcom Corporation. He was also a Co-Founder of Epigram, a home networking company acquired by Broadcom in 1999, and a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. Frank holds over 40 U.S. patents.

Ratchye and Frank are passionate collectors and supporters of the arts. Their personal collection includes over 300 pieces and spans a wide variety of media with a focus on electronic art and pop-surrealism. They have underwritten performances of the Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Ratchye and Frank are also the parents of two daughters, Whitton, who received a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts degree from CMU and is an actress in Los Angeles, and Naomi, who is an artist and musician in New York City.