October 18, 2017

Ackland Art Museum at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Adds to Its Collection

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA—As a part of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s fundraising drive “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina,” the Ackland Musuem of Art has announced the receipt of three major gifts to its collection totaling $41.5 million. The donations have come from university alumni and former Ackland director Charles Millard. The donated works have significantly expanded the Ackland’s holdings of postwar American art.

The $25 million donation from UNC-Chapel Hill alumni John and Maree Townsend includes works by Joan Mitchell, Jasper Johns, Marsden Hartley, Ad Reinhart, and Gerhard Richter, among others. Joan Mitchell is also represented in the gift from alum John Ellison, along with Willem de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler. Millard has donated 375 works from a range of eras and disciplines, including twelfth-century Byzantine earthenware to postwar abstraction, totaling $5 million.

“These profoundly generous collection gifts build on a wonderful tradition of giving art collections to the Ackland, for which we are very grateful,” said Ackland Art Museum director Katie Ziglar. “Exceptional artworks such as these, by accomplished, world-renowned artists, will be tremendous resources for Carolina students in many fields for decades to come, and will excite and delight members of the public as well. Such outstanding gifts greatly enhance our ability to succeed in our mission to be the preeminent public university art museum in the country.”

In September, the Ackland Art Musuem acquired twelve works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an Atlanta-based organization that preserves works by African-American artists active in the southern United States. The museum received 134 Old Master drawings and works on paper from the collection of Sheldon and Leena Peck in January 2017.

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