Ackland Art Museum

UNC’s renowned Ackland Art Museum collects, preserves and presents compelling art to educate, inspire and engage the University and its regional, national and global audiences in free and open inquiry. Our collection, ranging from antiquities to modern masterpieces, presents the breadth of artistic creation — on an intimate scale. With a commitment to accessibility, dynamic conversation and expansive thinking, we put the “art of understanding” at the heart of what we do. By looking closely and carefully at works of art — the familiar, the unexpected, the challenging — we connect people with the beauty and complexity of our large world.

Ackland Art Museum Funding Priorities

Explore Stories

Hanging posters promoting the Ackland Art Museum
Arts

Building a Foundation

"Being a fellow at the Ackland was an invaluable experience."

Painting at the Ackland Art Museum
Arts

Teaching while learning — the student guide experience

"Teaching others about art while also still learning new information never gets old."

The Barzin Family
Arts

‘A place that has given us so much’

“It is an incredible gift to be able to view and learn about art in such an accessible venue.”

The Hodges couple holding a piece of African art.
Donor

Creating a Destination for African Art

Reggie and Celeste Hodges are preserving their extensive collection of African art.

Donor

The art of giving

Donation of three paintings worth $12.1 million will transform the Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection of post-war and contemporary art.

Smith and Scarlett at an event.
Arts

Supporting a ‘Gem of a Museum’

Carolina alumnus Smith Freeman is adding to the Ackland Art Museum’s collection and supporting its multidisciplinary programming.