Study Trip -- Southern Art at the Ackland

Hop on the bus to Chapel Hill, where we will visit the Ackland Art Museum! The Ackland Art Museum is UNC-Chapel Hill’s university museum with a global outlook. A trained docent will give an hour-long tour of Unsettled Things: Art from an African American South. The special exhibition introduces works by makers from the southern United States, including Thornton Dial, Lonnie B. Holley, Nellie Mae Rowe, and quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, through three themes: Life, Spirit, and Matter. The themes emerge from recurring threads in the works’ subject matter, from shared approaches to choosing and applying materials, and from the artists’ own accounts of their ideas, efforts, and struggles. Following the tour, free time will be allotted to explore the remaining galleries on the first floor. Be sure to visit Mr. Ackland’s tomb located inside the museum. The group will then travel to a local restaurant for lunch.

Note: Participants will need to be able to walk for up to an hour during tour (seats will be available at the art museum as needed). The Ackland Art Museum is ADA accessible. Wheelchairs and large-print interpretive materials are available on request. 

Includes: Transportation on NC State bus, docent-led private tour and lunch from a local restaurant. 

Depart: McKimmon Center at 9:00 a.m.

The bus will pick up outside the front entrance of the McKimmon Center a few minutes before departure. Please arrive in plenty of time to park your vehicle and meet the group outside the building. OLLI Special Programs Coordinator Lindsey Hale will meet you on arrival and will accompany the group on the study trip. You will receive a reminder email approximately one week before the date.

Return: Approximately 3:30 p.m. to the McKimmon Center

Registration Deadline: May 26

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