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The Ackland offers many ways to engage with art, both online and in the galleries. Use the resources below to learn more about works of art in the Ackland’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


Object Guides

Object Guides, organized by museum gallery, describe in detail each work of art on view.

Art from Europe and America, 1850-1950: Gallery 14 Object Guide
Art from Europe and America, 1850-1950: Gallery 17 Object Guide
Art from the Ancient Mediterranean and Europe before 1850: Gallery 13 Object Guide
Art from the Ancient Mediterranean and Europe before 1850: Gallery 15 Object Guide
Art Since 1950: Gallery 12 Object Guide
Classical Art of Africa: Gallery 16 Object Guide
Color Across Asia: Gallery 4 Object Guide
Sculpture from Asia: Gallery 2 Object Guide


Resource Guides

Resource Guides, organized by museum gallery, provide suggested online and print resources related to the objects on view from the Ackland’s permanent collection. The guides were compiled by Kristina Bush, MLS ’19.

Art from Europe and America, 1850-1950: Gallery 14 Resource Guide
Art from Europe and America, 1850-1950: Gallery 17 Resource Guide
Art from the Ancient Mediterranean and Europe before 1850: Gallery 13 Resource Guide
Art from the Ancient Mediterranean and Europe before 1850: Gallery 15 Resource Guide
Art Since 1950: Gallery 12 Resource Guide
Classical Art of Africa: Gallery 16 Resource Guide
Sculpture from Asia and Color Across Asia: Gallery 2 and 4 Resource Guide


Teacher Resources

We offer a variety of resources for K-12 teachers to support teaching with art. View Teacher Resources


Additional Resources

The Five Faiths Project
Using works of art from the Ackland Art Museum as primary sources, the Five Faiths Project explores the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

Kress Fellowships for Applied Research Projects
In 2011, with generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Ackland began a series of projects that engage graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill in interpreting works of art in our collection. In each of the project years, teams of graduate students focus on works of art selected from the Museum’s collection of European art from Classical antiquity through the mid-nineteenth century.

Witnesses to an Age in Transformation
Witnesses to an Age in Transformation: Three Eighteenth-Century Paintings was a collaborative project conducted by the Ackland’s curator of collections university scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates to enhance appreciation for three eighteenth-century works in the Ackland’s permanent collection. The project was supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.