Rare artworks from the 1760s through the 1870s will be on display through Feb. 17 at UNC-Chapel Hill when Young America: Treasures from the Smithsonian Art Museum comes to the Ackland Art Museum. These 54 major works–by painters such as Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole and John Singleton Cople–trace the growing self-awareness and optimism of the new nation. The Ackland will host a free public opening reception for the exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 20. Call 966-5736 or visit www.ackland.org for details.