The year has barely begun and already we are in an exciting season at the Ackland—to say the least.
As you likely know, in January UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, gave the Ackland Art Museum its largest gift ever: 134 primarily 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masterworks, valued at $17 million, and an $8 million endowment to support a new curator for the Museum and future acquisitions. The works of art include seven drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn—not prints, but unique drawings by his own hand! We are thrilled at the gift and delighted that national publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post covered the story.
Since our announcement, the question that many Ackland staff members and I have been frequently asked is, “When will The Peck Collection go on display?”
The answer is “soon!” The Peck Collection is now going through a formal acquisition process standard for museums: writing collection reports, undertaking registration, making high-resolution digital photographs of each work, etc.
Then, the fun begins! We expect that small selections from The Peck Collection gift will start to be on view at the Ackland on 29 March 2017. We are working towards a major show featuring the entire collection in three to four years. In the meantime, we will be mindful of the works’ fragility and light-sensitivity by showing only a few at a time, since it is our wish to nearly always have some of the Peck works on view here.
The best way to learn the exact dates and details about what works will be on view is to sign up for the Ackland’s eNews. Every two weeks, our eNews will keep you informed of all the new exhibitions, public programs, tours, and events.
More exciting things are in store for the Ackland! We look forward to having you join us.
Katie M. Ziglar