University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Ackland Art Museum


ARTstor is collaborating with the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to share approximately 16,000 images from the Museum's permanent collection in the Digital Library. The images include superb examples of East and South Asian art, with particular strengths in works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), Chinese and Japanese painting and sculpture, Indian, and Himalayan art. Also included are West African terra-cotta sculpture and wood carvings from Sierra Leone to Cameroon. European masterworks, from the Renaissance through the 19th century, are represented by Paolo Farinati, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Alfred Gilbert. In particular, the Ackland is renowned for its collection of decorative arts from Europe and the Americas, notably decorative glass from the 1880s through the 1950s. The modern and contemporary collections reflect global diversity with works by Émile Bonnard, Man Ray, Robert Frank, Jacob Lawrence, Fairfield Porter, Anthony Caro, Nam June Paik, Anish Kapoor, Felrath Hines, Adrien Piper, Do-Ho Suh, and Carrie Mae Weems. Functional pottery and outsider art from North Carolina demonstrates the region's own rich artistic traditions.

Established in 1958, the Ackland Art Museum is one of North Carolina's premier cultural institutions with 16,000 objects in its permanent collection. The Museum is dedicated to presenting artistic excellence through its permanent collection, exhibitions, public programming, teaching, and learning. In the words of an early mission statement, the Museum acquires objects "chosen for their quality and their ability to convey the breadth of human achievement in the visual arts." This encyclopedic ambition has given the Museum a substantial collection well-suited for its diverse communities.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 16,000
Percentage of completion 16%
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* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: May 29, 2013

Image Credits

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese; Horse (made for a tomb); Philadelphia Museum of Art

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