Media invited to cover Ackland Art Museum major donation announcement on Jan. 25

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Media invited to cover Ackland Art Museum major donation announcement on Jan. 25


(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Jan. 20, 2017) – Media are invited to join the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for an announcement of the largest gift ever received by the Ackland Art Museum. The gift, which includes rare art, funds for its stewardship, an endowed curatorial position and support for future acquisitions, will bring the museum to a new level of international prominence.


Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Vice Chancellor for Development David Routh, Ackland Art Museum Director Katie Ziglar and the donor will participate in the presentation and be available for interviews afterward. University leaders, Ackland administrators and staff, and important figures in the arts community will also attend. The event will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 25

10:30 a.m.

Ackland Art Museum, sculpture garden (adjacent to Hanes Art Center and Kenan Music Building)

101 South Columbia St.

Chapel Hill, N.C.


Media Check-In: Media must check in at the sculpture garden tent no earlier than 10 a.m. MC VanGraafeiland will be the on-site contact (646-345-2802).


B-roll: University media relations representatives will escort media wishing to capture interior b-roll of the Ackland from the sculpture garden to the museum at 10:10 a.m.


Parking: A limited number of spaces will be available for media representatives in lots near the Ackland Art Museum. Contact MC VanGraafeiland ( by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to reserve parking.


Event live stream: A live stream of the event will be available on on Jan. 25.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


About the Ackland Art Museum

Featuring a year-round calendar of special exhibitions and dynamic public programs, the Ackland Art Museum – located on the historic campus of the UNC-Chapel Hill – encourages visitors to engage with the rich legacy of the artistic past as well as with living artists from around the world. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery and folk art. Additionally, the Ackland holds North Carolina’s premiere collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints and photographs). This universal collection of artworks from antiquity to the present makes the Ackland uniquely able to advance the teaching and research missions of the University.


Ackland contact: Emily Bowles, (919) 843-3675,

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, 919) 962-7090,