Eleven prints purchased recently by the Ackland Art Museum, on display through Dec. 31, highlight the talents of emerging and established contemporary artists. The UNC museum is showcasing the works throughout its galleries in the exhibition "Collecting Contemporary Prints."
"These works provide recent examples and innovative uses of traditional media: engraving, aquatint and woodcut," said Barbara Matilsky, curator of exhibitions at the museum.
The eight artists include Chiho Aoshima of Japan, whose "City Glow" evolves from the Japanese "mange" (comics) and "anime" (animation) pop-culture phenomena.
" 'City Glow' is a fantastic view of the intermingling of urban life and lush nature," Matilsky said. "It also represents a fusion of old and new technologies, pairing printmaking with computer drawing."
The Ackland, on South Columbia Street near Franklin Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and until 9 p.m. the second Friday of every month. Admission is free.