University-Based Art Galleries
When the natural beauty of North Carolina started to get boring and
you were already starting to transport yourself in the world of
inspiration and imagination, then its time for you to sit back and relax
while you screw your head against the best collection of art pieces in
some of North Carolina's art museums. There are more than a hundred of
them in the state, and you may find the following list too condensed,
but definitely you'd be able to find these mostly recommended venues the
best in the land. A lot of these are based in universities.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has four art museums inside
its campus: the Ackland Art Museum, John and Kune Alcott Gallery,
Carolina Union Activities Board and North Carolina Collection Gallery.
These four museums offer the best place for students and practitioners
who want to explore more possibilities of art. Ackland instructs their
students to be experimental, transforming the classroom into a more
innovative place of learning art. The museum has more than 15,000 works
of art under its name and more than a dozen exhibitions being organized
in a year, whether it is special and traveling, and ranges from
paintings, photography and video installations. The North Carolina
Collection on the other hand, is located in the Wilson Library where
visitors can search through literary scrapbooks, newspapers, microfilms,
numismatics and a number of collections that reflect the history of the
The Carolina Union Activities Board was established to provide quality
programming which includes films, arts, music and other forms of
educational and cultural entertainment inside the university community.
The organization also includes live art, performing arts, comedy, art
galley and cabaret on its roster of entertainment. John and June Alcott
Gallery is located at the Hanes Art Center where the UNC Department of
Art is housed. Duke University has three art museums housed in its own
campus: Nasher Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies and the
Touchable Art Gallery. The Nasher Museum of Art offers exhibitions,
research publications and programs that help on the development of
visual arts to community. The present museum was opened to the public in
2005 was founded by Raymond D. Nasher, but it was formerly known as the
Duke University Museum of Art when it was founded in 1969.
Some of its permanent collection includes "The Past is the Present"
featuring sixty works of arts that include vase painting, bronze and
gold jewelry from the ancient Mediterranean world, ranging in date from
2800 BCE to 300 CE and "Side Steppin'" a branch sculpture collection by
Patrick Dougherty displayed outside the museum main entrance.
The Touchable Art Gallery is a museum located at the Duke Eye Center,
which were established to give its patients the enjoyment of looking at
visual arts. A significant number in the collection are works made by
visually impaired artists. The Center for Documentary Studies gather art
practitioners to capture contemporary memory, life and culture using
film, video, audio photography and narrative writing. Some of its
exhibits include Literacy through Photography and Youth Document Durham.
Other university based art galleries are Diggs Gallery at the
Winston-Salem University, Catherine Smith Gallery and Appalachian
Cultural Museum at the Appalachian State University and Scales Fine Arts
Center at Wake Forest University.