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To become a true destination for local, national and global audiences while staying relevant within academic scholarship, we must continue to expand the Ackland’s permanent collection to represent the entire world’s scope of visual creativity, from ancient times to the present. We aim to present thought-provoking, high-quality art from our permanent collection through creative and technologically advanced exhibitions and a state-of-the-art website.

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    “Birthday Presents” for a 60th Birthday Celebration

    The University dedicated the Ackland Art Museum — then called the William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center — on September 20, 1958.


    Curating Carolina

    Charles Millard said serving as the Ackland Art Museum director was the happiest time of his professional life.


    A Stickworks Display For Campus

    Artist Patrick Dougherty ’67 has created nearly 300 sculptures all over the United States and the world...


    Art Changes Everything

    When Carolina alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, gifted a rare collection of 17th-century European masterworks — including seven Rembrandts — to the Ackland Art Museum, it became the nation’s first public university art museum to own a collection of Rembrandt drawings and one of only two universities to do so.  


    Arts Everywhere

    "This is our opportunity to celebrate the arts and their fundamental role in higher education and society."


    The transformational gift of art

    "Treasures remarkably preserved for nearly 400 years..."