Ackland Art Museum, on the University of North Carolina campus, at 101 South Columbia Street, is always free to visit. Its permanent collection consists of more than 17,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, and North Carolina pottery. The Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year.
In addition, Ackland Art Museum presents many events. Some have a small cost associated with them and some are free. You can learn about all of their events and programs on their website, but here’s a list of some upcoming free programs.
Drawing in the Galleries
2nd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.
The second Saturday of every month, Amanda Hughes leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland’s collection. For all sessions, bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Free and open to the public. No reservation necessary.
Music in the Galleries X Family and Friends Sunday
Sunday, March 24th, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Brain-Inspired Dance, choreographed by Killian Manning
Inspired by the contemporary images of the brain featured in The Beautiful Brain, SITES Choreographer Killian Manning has planned an interactive afternoon of site-specific, art-inspired dance in the galleries. Visitors of all ages will be invited to join five dancers in movement and dance in response to the art on view. This family-friendly event is a cross-over between our popular Music in the Galleries series and Family and Friends Sunday.
Manning’s dance is set to music by Spanish composers contemporaneous with Cajal, as well as contemporary Spanish works. She also incorporates texts from Cajal’s dream journals.
2PM: Dance performance
2:30 PM: Family and Friends participatory dance
3:30 PM: Dance Performance
This is the second of two performances choreographed by Manning in connection with The Beautiful Brain. Join us on 17 February for the first performance, this time inspired by the drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal featured in the exhibition.
Part of the SITES 2018-2019 series of experimental art and performances.
Printmaking Demonstration with SuperGraphic Print Lab
Watch the dynamic printmakers of SuperGraphic Print Lab in action as they create screen prints inspired by the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Join the fun in the Ackland’s outdoor courtyard from 2 – 5 PM. Once the prints are dry, SuperGraphic will offer them to visitors to take home.
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