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The Ackland Art Museum: For Teaching, Learning, and Just Plain Fun!

At the corner of the campus and downtown sits the Ackland Art Museum with its always enticing works of arts displayed on the front lawn and entrance steps.  Browsing the outdoor displays is a pleasure in and of itself, but is just a teaser for what awaits inside.

Once inside Ackland Museum, visitors will discover that it is easy to negotiate and move between the various parlors.  You might be surprised at the size of the museum.  There is ample room to display a variety of collections and each gallery has a feel of its own unique area. If fact, there are 17 different galleries.

Ackland hosts nearly a dozen different exhibitions annually, and dedicates about ½ of its gallery space for this purpose.  The museum also maintains a permanent collection of more than 18,000 works of art that are exhibited on a rotating basis. 

The museum is just wrapping up its current exhibit, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, which has been displayed since the beginning of the year. This exhibit features art from the Horvitz Collection comprised of the work of artists from 18th century France.  Next up, later in April, the work of graduating Masters of Fine Arts students from UNC will be on display in an exhibition entitled, versus. “Versus” was the prompt given to the students who created their work depicting their view of combative tensions that people face in everyday life and situations. This display will only be available for a couple of weeks.  But don’t worry, some equally intriguing theme will certainly follow!

The variety of art on display at the Ackland Art Museum throughout the year can meet a diverse set of interests and attitudes.  With support from the University, individual memberships, the Annual Fund, and Student Friends of the Ackland, the admission to Ackland Museum is free!  There is a Museum Store for purchase of art replicas and souvenirs.

The Ackland offers a wide variety of programming for people of all ages too. 

Did you know that the Ackland Art Museum is also available for rental to host receptions and parties?  Rentals are considered after the normal business hours of the museum. During these events, guests are able to visit the Museum’s exhibits.  It’s a great environment for social gatherings. 

If you have missed Ackland, you have missed a chance to blend education, culture and fun. It’s right around the corner. And admission is FREE!

By guest blogger Dennis W.

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