Joseph C. Sloane was Director of the Ackland Art Museum from 1958-1978 and Chair of the Department of Art from 1958-1974. He helped build both the department and the museum to national prominence. The Joseph C. Sloane Travel Fund was established in 1998 by former art history graduate students and friends of Joseph Sloane who were inspired by his enthusiasm for art and wanted to ‘pass the torch’ of his legacy. The fund provides grants to graduate students who need to conduct research in museum collections.