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Sunday September 26th

Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum is located on the edge of the University of North Carolina at 101 S. Columbia St. The museum has more than 17,000 works of art in its collection from European masterworks to modern photography. All work is available for students and community members to view.

Other exhibits include European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art and North Carolina pottery. There are between 10 and 12 changing exhibits every year. Originally built in 1958, the building has undergone two major renovations but remains in its original building. 

In addition to exhibits, the Ackland hosts some educational programs such as Art & Literature in the Galleries and drawing classes in the museum. Admission is free. Visit the museum website at for more information.

Ackland exhibits will close Sunday

The Ackland Art Museum has been exploring the American past, embarking upon a journey connecting the country with nature. But time is running out. The museum’s current exhibits — “Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots,” “At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920” and “The Oldest Paintings in America: Utah’s Rock Art” — will close on Sunday.

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After delay, Ackland store fills front

The storefront on the corner of Columbia and Franklin has been empty for more than seven years. And though construction delays kept it empty a while longer than intended, the Ackland Art Museum is finally filling the space with a gift shop and gallery space, to open this May.

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Art collectors help Ackland grow

The Shatzmans’ ceramic collection has grown large over the years, filled with ceramics dating back to 5000 BC. As their collection continued to expand, they donated many of their treasures to university museums, including UNC’s Ackland.

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Ackland gala to attract younger crowd

Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory was the epitome of New York City’s party scene in the 1970s. The Ackland Art Museum will bring this iconic era to Chapel Hill this Saturday at the Silver Factory Gala. Chapel Hill native band The Love Language will headline the event’s after party.

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Ackland Art Museum staff tries more conversational approach

Art can be intimidating, but by engaging University students in interactive tours in its galleries, the faculty of the Ackland Art Museum are working to make art more accessible. Encounter Art, a new program beginning today at the Ackland, provides conversational tours by practiced student guides, offering a different, warmer approach to the gallery experience.

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Lena Wegner (right) examines the Andy Warhol photo exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum with Lisa Voss (left) on Thursday night.

Ackland Art Museum capitalizes on Warhol

Andy Warhol is one of the twentieth-century’s best known pop artists — and the Ackland Art Museum is hoping to use his big name to full effect. With parties, film showings and an elaborate gala fundraising event in the works, Warhol serves as a means to make the Ackland more of a social center, not just a gallery.

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Amanda Hughes, director of external affairs, welcomes the crowd Friday at the Ackland Art Museum to the exhibition featuring Andy Warhol Polaroids.

Ackland Art Museum shows Warhol's art

It would have been easy for the Ackland Art Museum to put its new exhibit of Andy Warhol Polaroids at the front of its central hall. But by fixing Warhol’s snapshots as merely the middle portion of a three-part retrospective of portraiture, the Ackland has successfully channeled the energy surrounding Warhol’s big name into a broader analysis of the role of the individual in visual art.

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Mark Dixon of the alternative home-made music project INVISIBLE performs for a crowd at Ackland Art Museum on Thursday night.

Invisible rocks Ackland Art Museum

For an hour on Thursday night, a pair of musical mad scientists held court in the Ackland Art Museum. Amidst a pile of old television monitors, keyboards and wires twisted together on the gallery floor, the alternative music group Invisible brought a decidedly modern flair to the classic art displays in the museum.

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Exhibit merges poetry, prints

Visitors to the Ackland Art Museum Thursday night had the chance to merge art and literature with a program connecting poetry from the Civil War to Jacob Lawrence’s exhibition “The Legend of John Brown.”

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"Escape," by American artist Felrath Hines, is part of an exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum. Courtesy of the Ackland Art Museum.

Ackland showcases two contemporary artists

One exhibit takes you through the life of abolitionist John Brown. The other takes you on a journey through the depths of color and shapes.Works from Jacob Lawrence and Felrath Hines, contemporary artists influential in the black art community in the 20th century, are on display now in the Ackland Art Museum today through May 9. Jacob Lawrence

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Students collaborate on ‘War on All Fronts’ exhibit

When students registered for professor Daniel Sherman’s First Year Seminar, they knew they would be designing a gallery, but they were unsure of how it would all come together. After a semester of research and debate, they created a final layout and saw their project take shape in the Ackland Art Museum.

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