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Artist-in-Residence: 2nd Friday ArtWalk with Lonnie Holley

September 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

6 PM – Lonnie Holley
Concert and Public Talk
Free, no RSVP required, seating is limited.

Museum will remain open until 9 PM for its regular 2nd Friday ArtWalk hours.

For this very special 2nd Friday, the Ackland is thrilled to host a performance by UNC Department of American Studies Caldwell Family Artist-in-Residence Lonnie Holley!

Lonnie Bradley Holley, sometimes known as The Sand Man (born February 10, 1950, in Birmingham, Alabama), is an African-American artist and art educator. Inspired to create, Holley made other carvings and assembled them in his yard along with various found objects. In 1981, he brought a few examples of his sandstone carvings to Birmingham Museum of Art director Richard Murray. The BMA displayed some of those pieces immediately and Murray introduced him to the organizers of the 1981 exhibition “More Than Land and Sky: Art from Appalachia” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Soon his work was being acquired by other institutions, such as the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. His work has also been displayed at the White House

The New York Times wrote, “In terms of genre, Holley’s music is largely unclassifiable: haunting vocals accompanied by rudimentary keyboard effects, progressing without any traditional song structure — no choruses, chord changes or consistent melody whatsoever.”

Lonnie Holley “All Rendered Truth (Looking For All)”:

Enjoy a cold craft beer from Top of the Hill‘s pop-up bar while experiencing Holley’s riveting live performance.


September 14, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ackland Art Museum
101 S Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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