With the 60th anniversary of the Ackland Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a year-long celebration on Sept. 20. This celebration includes public art displays, creative spaces and gifts. Exhibits on display include Birthday presents, ART&, and RedBall Chapel Hill.
Located on the UNC campus across from Franklin Street, the Ackland Art Museum is a local museum that focuses on a global outlook, connecting the UNC community to the outside world. Created in 1958, the Ackland, with 18,000 pieces of artwork, provides special exhibitions and public programs free of charge. The Ackland features exhibits on artwork from a multitude of cultures and time periods, and is a major creative outlet and educational resource for the Chapel Hill community.
Birthday presents displays artwork donated to the Ackland for the 60th anniversary, and features 60 works of art from 30 different donors– 13 of whom are alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill. Running from Sept. 21 to Jan. 6, Birthday Presents will highlight European and American Art starting from 1950, with prints by Jasper Johns and Sister Corita.
ART& reopened Sept. 21, by popular demand, so that students and community members can connect with each other and create art. The space introduces commissions from contemporary artists, talks, performances, and art classes. The first ART& host is Lauren F. Adams, a nationally renowned artist and UNC alumnus.
RedBall was a project that connected community engagement with architecture, perking the interest and curiosity of community members with the unconventional style and unexpectedness of the installation. The longest running street art in the world, RedBall has been installed in 25 cities across the globe. Over a week-long period, a 250 pound, 15 foot diameter red inflatable ball was moved throughout Chapel Hill. Beginning on Sept. 20, the enormous inflatable was installed in front of the South Building, House Undergraduate Library, Hanes Arch, Varsity Alley, Trellis, Chapel Hill Public Library and Forest Theatre.
Olivia Krause, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, has recently visited the Ackland Art Museum.
“I think art is one way to express a community’s values and we have a museum that really showcases different aspects of North Carolina as well as cultures worldwide,” Krause said.
By Heesue Kim, Staff Writer