LeadershipTo achieve our vision, we must attract, secure and retain thought-leaders in the fields of museum curation, education and conservation work. Endowed positions will ensure that the best and brightest in higher education and museum work make their careers at the Ackland, increasing our visibility and enhancing our reputation.
CollectionTo 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.
Programs and InitiativesThrough innovative and interdisciplinary class visits and learning opportunities, we expand and enhance the educational experience of over 10,000 UNC students every year. Developing and offering educational programs and workshops that encourage students to “look close and think far,” the Ackland also enables K-12 students from across North Carolina to gain a deeper understanding of global visual expression. In addition, we inspire K-12 teachers to advance their curricula through art by encouraging artistic literacy and critical thinking.
The University dedicated the Ackland Art Museum — then called the William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center — on September 20, 1958.
Charles Millard said serving as the Ackland Art Museum director was the happiest time of his professional life.
Artist Patrick Dougherty ’67 has created nearly 300 sculptures all over the United States and the world...
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.
"This is our opportunity to celebrate the arts and their fundamental role in higher education and society."