Kress Fellowships for Applied Research

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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 three graduate students — one in Art History, one in Education, and one in Information and Library Science — work together. In keeping with the Kress Foundation’s priorities, the students focus on works of art selected from the Ackland’s collection of European art from Classical antiquity through the mid-nineteenth century. Their task is to identify what makes the objects important and interesting and to communicate those ideas to intelligent, non-specialist audiences.

Click the images below to see the different project teams’ work.

Tabula Cebetis (D), 1550




An illustrated title page for the Lexicon Graecolatinu[m] from 1550.

Heather Aiken, Education

Lauren Bellard, Information and Library Science

Miranda Elston, Art History




The Flood



The Flood, a nineteenth-century drawing by Louis-Léopold Boilly.

Alison Hafera, Art History

Meredith Hale, Information and Library Science

Summer Pennell, Education


Oudry, The Dog Who Carried the Dinner Basket



An eighteenth-century French drawing by Jean-Baptiste Oudry, The Dog Who Carried the Dinner Basket for his Master.

Joanna Gohmann, Art History

Tarienne Mitchell, Information and Library Science

Christopher Reed, Education







A sculpture from ancient Roman Syria: Funeral Relief of No’om (?), Wife of Haira, Son of Maliku

Amanda Keller, Education

Ashleigh Raabe, Art History

Maryellen Tinsley, Information and Library Science




Above images, top to bottom:

Hans Holbein the Younger, German 1497/98-1543, Book Title Page for the Lexicon Graecolatinu[m] [Tabula Cebetis D], 1550 (originally designed 1522), woodcut, Burton Emmett Collection 58.1.419
Louis-Léopold Boilly, French 1761 – 1845, The Flood, 1808, pen and black ink and gray wash, brush and brown ink and brown wash, traces of black crayon, Ackland Fund, 60.9.3
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French, 1686 – 1755, The Dog Who Carried the Dinner Basket for his Master, Illustration for La Fontaine’s Fables, 1732, black and gray wash and white gouache on blue paper, Ackland Fund, 81.13.1
Unidentified artist, Roman, Syria, Palmyra, Funeral Relief of No’om(?), Wife of Haira, Son of Maliku, c. 170 CE, perhaps sandstone (or limestone), The William A. Whitaker Foundation Art Fund, 79.29.1