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Franklin Kelly, deputy director and chief curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will speak on Feb. 20 at the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Kelly, one of the world’s leading authorities on American art, will speak in connection with the Ackland exhibition “At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920,” up through March 20.

The free public talk, “Working the Landscape: American Artists and Nature, 1825-1915,” will be at 2 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center auditorium. A reception at the Ackland will follow.

Kelly, who graduated from UNC in 1974, has been in curatorial positions at the National Gallery for 21 years, co-organizing critically acclaimed exhibitions including “Winslow Homer” in 1995-1996 and “J.M.W. Turner” in 2007-2008.

Carolina alumnus David G. Frey of Grand Rapids, Mich., has made Kelly’s talk possible. The “At Work in the Wilderness” exhibition was made possible by Frey, the William Hayes Ackland Trust and friends of the Ackland.

The museum opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, visit www.ackland.orgor call (919) 966-5736.