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The Ackland Museum Store carries products related to the Ackland’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions, including home wares such as pottery, glass, textiles, and metalwork; jewelry and accessories; children’s toys and books; and stationery. A wide range of books about art history and criticism, contemporary art and design, artists’ monographs, and culture and lifestyles—including books by UNC and regional authors—are also available.

Ackland Art Museum members receive a 10% discount on all Museum Store purchases, excluding consigned items, plus invitations to exclusive Member Sales during the year. Memberships may be purchased in person at the Ackland Museum Store or online.

All proceeds from the Museum Store support the Ackland Art Museum’s exhibition and education programs.


A Process of Engagement: A Participatory Installation by Mary Ann Anderson

Friday, 17 April – Sunday, 31 May 2015

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The Ackland Museum Store is proud to present A Process of Engagement: a Participatory Installation by Mary Ann Anderson. In this show viewers become “collectors and curators.” A series of small paintings installed in the gallery changes as participants choose and collect a piece by removing it from the installation. The composition further evolves as participants curate by putting up a new painting to replace the one which has been removed.

At the close of the Opening Reception (and also the exhibition’s midpoint), Friday, 8 May 2015, the process of curation will cease. As the act of collecting continues, the installation will begin to “dissolve.” This process encourages the viewer to engage in contemplation about the transient nature of all things—change, dissolution, and eventually, disappearance.

The individual paintings and the installation as a whole, are influenced by Asian art and its emphasis on the ephemeral nature of all things. The depth seen in Song dynasty landscapes informs some of the paintings and the gestural quality of Asian calligraphy appears in others. Woodblock print patterns are used in many of the pieces as well.

The individual pieces, cut from larger paintings, and installation are also influenced by contemporary abstract and conceptual art. The artist’s goal is to arrange the work so that it surrounds the viewer, creating a small environment with a feeling all its own.

Prior to arriving in Chapel Hill in 2008, Mary Ann Anderson exhibited for twenty years at community galleries in Illinois. She has presented solo exhibits at The Arts Center of Carrboro, Durham Art Guild, Artspace, and Visual Art Exchange. Her art studies include summer classes at Ox-Bow, a program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Penland School of Craft.

This is the fifth in a series of participatory installations starting at Durham Art Guild in 2012, and continuing at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh in 2013, and in 2014 at Artspace in Raleigh and the Golden Belt Artist Studios in Durham in 2014.

Participants are asked to contribute two dollars ($2) for each painting they collect. All contributions will go directly to the Ackland Art Museum. The paintings have been generously donated by the artist, Mary Ann Anderson.

A Process of Engagement opens on 17 April 2015. There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, 8 May, 2015 from 6-8 pm.

For more information, please contact the Ackland Museum Store at 919.962.0216.

Museum Store Hours

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


ParkontheHillThe Ackland Museum Store is located at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets in downtown Chapel Hill. Google Map

(p) 919.962.0216
(f) 919.966.1400

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