On March 29, Director at the Ackland Art Museum, Katie Ziglar talked to Ron Stutts about the increase in visitors to the Ackland as a result of the terrace gallery displaying Patrick Dougherty’s Step Right Up “stickwork”. They also discussed all of the opportunity for visitors that comes as a result of a generous gift, including northern European works on paper from Sheldon and Leena Peck.


“We’re growing our attendance up from 45,000 in 2017 to 50,000 and we’re very happy about that. I think having our outdoor terrace has made more people aware that we are a museum as they walk by and not just a university building. So we’re on the corner of Franklin and Columbia Road and very very accessible.” – Katie Ziglar on increased visibility thanks to Step Right Up by Patrick Dougherty.

“They will experience it in numerous ways, this gift makes the Ackland one of the powerhouses of northern European works on paper in the world and currently we have a selection of works from the Peck collection on view at any time, only a few at a time because they’re very light sensitive and delicate. in a couple of years we’re going to mount a major exhibition including all of the works from the peck collection that will then travel nationally and internationally.” – Katie Ziglar on how the community will experience the generous gift from Sheldon and Leena Peck.