Since 1958, The Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources.
The Ackland's permanent collection includes approximately 18,000 works of art in the areas of Asian Art; Ancient, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art (c. 3000 BCE – c. 600 CE); African Art; European and American Art to 1900; Modern and Contemporary Art; Drawings; Photographs; Prints; Traditional Southern Pottery and Outsider Art; and The William Meade Prince Collection. In the words of an early mission statement, the Museum acquires objects “chosen for their quality and their ability to convey the breadth of human achievement in the visual arts.” This encyclopedic ambition has given the Museum a substantial collection well-suited for our diverse communities.
The Sloane Art Library, located adjacent to the Ackland Art Museum in the Hanes Art Center, is one of the premier research libraries of the South.
This guide is maintained by staff at the Ackland Art Museum and the Sloane Art Library to assist visitors and students researching art objects from the Ackland's collections. It includes links to resources within the UNC Libraries, online sources, and information on accessing the Ackland's curatorial files.
For a more complete compilation of resources concerning art and architecture research, please visit the Art & Architecture subject guide.