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.

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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.


The Art of Believing

Katie Ziglar ’79 has always chased what lay beyond life’s boundaries. She hopes to redefine them for the Ackland.


Having A Ball

As a gift to the Town of Chapel Hill, the Ackland hosted the world-renowned RedBall Project.


Your Brain on Art

Conveying neuroscience through artistic mediums.


When Galleries Become Classrooms

In Ackland Upstairs, students and scholars from various fields use art to fuel their curiosity.

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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.