Category: Spotlight

Monday, February 19, 2018

Work of the Week — “Sugar” by Maude Gatewood

by Sadie Allen Basking in the sun, musing (and perhaps mewing), lies a mysterious being often called the cat. I have seen this scene (and many others, often involving dead birds, tail-chasing, and even occasion thefts of food) many times, as I grew up around the mischievous beasts. My grandmother attracted felines like honey attracts… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 12, 2018

Work of the Week — “Holyhocks at Tuckaway” by Pierre Daura

by Sadie Allen We have made it through, my friends – Spring is just around the corner! Although Punxsutawney Phil (the beloved groundhog who predicts the weather every February) saw his shadow, I’m optimistic for the return of warm weather. With every visit to the grocery store, I’m seeing more and more fresh flowers, fruits… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 5, 2018

Work of the Week — “Hank Williams” by Howard Finster

by Sadie Allen I’m sitting in another local joint, listening to my father up on stage playing “Hey, Good Lookin’” or “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, songs I’ve heard him practice hundreds of times throughout my childhood. This was a scene I experienced often in my early teens, as my mother and I were present at all… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 29, 2018

Work of the Week — “Bass Rocks, East Gloucester” by Henry Hammond Ahl

by Sadie Allen While the wintertime can be quite lovely with its bare branches and chilly rains, nothing quite beats the charm of summer- something I’ve been missing lately. While perusing the Museum’s vast collection of works, this summertime scene caught my eye. Its stunning blue sea and sky portray the wonderful and warm nature… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 22, 2018

Work of the Week — “Wall Street, NY” by Margaret Bourke-White

by Sadie Allen Ever since I was a little girl, New York City (or any large city for that matter) appealed to me. Growing up in Western North Carolina, the most excitement I faced was my usual daydreaming, often about the illustrious life I planned to live once I escaped my rural world. Cities were… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Work of the Week — “Blue Ridge Mountains” by Bernice Osborne

by Haley Clement When I first arrived here from the flat typography of Florida, I was in awe with the mountains. Even after stepping foot outside following a few hours indoors, I would find the mountains as striking as ever. I know I am going to miss driving down I-240 at golden hour and seeing… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 24, 2017

Work of the Week — “Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes” by Emma Garrett

by Haley Clement In honor of our new exhibition Home Land, this week’s featured piece is Emma Garrett’s Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes, currently on view at our temporary location (175 Biltmore Avenue). The artist is a Cherokee basket weaver who lives in the Snowbird community and often works with rivercane… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 17, 2017

Work of the Week — “The Corruption of Ecstasy” by Robert Yarber

by Haley Clement This week’s featured piece is Robert Yarber’s 1989 color lithograph The Corruption of Ecstasy. What struck me most about this work was all of the chaos – both in color and in content. The bloody red of the sky and water combined with the glowing blue of the figures add turmoil to… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, May 1, 2017

Intern Spotlight: Shannon Hebert Waldman

By Matt Gorga The Museum’s internship program provides engaging educational opportunities to students and individuals from across the country, but today the Museum family is celebrating one of Asheville’s own, Shannon Hebert Waldman. Shannon has recently been accepted into multiple graduate programs and has chosen to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 20, 2017

Work of the Week — “Chieftan’s Crest II” by Dorothy Gillespie

by Matt Gorga Dorothy Gillespie’s Chieftan’s Crest II is hard to miss. The vibrantly colored twists of metal resemble something you may see flowing blissfully with the current in an exotic coral reef. Her choice t0 use a medium like metal to create something that appears so colorful, light and delicate is a true testament… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 13, 2017

Work of the Week — “Joe’s Motorcycles, Asheville, NC” by J. Weiland

by Matt Gorga J. Weiland’s Joe’s Motorcycles, Asheville, NC takes me back to every dingy, grease-coated garage I have ever sought out, often in search of the metaphorical “Joe” who can fix just about anything at half the standard price. The greasy tools illuminated by the fluorescent tube lamps appear cluttered and dirty, yet organized.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 6, 2017

Work of the Week – “Caja #1” by Ralph Nelson

by Matt Gorga One glance at Ralph Nelson’s Caja #1 takes you beyond the confines of reality into an expressive and philosophically charged dream-state, pushing the boundaries of artistic limits in a way that inspires thought and reflection. Perhaps the painting’s box-shaped figures inspired the title, which translates from Spanish to “box.” Given Nelson’s surrealist… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, August 15, 2016

Work of the Week — Ronald Robertson

by Jason T. Perry Ronald Robertson created his painting Studies Building at Black Mountain College in 1951, and it fits perfectly into the Museum’s new exhibit Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College. This piece is special because it’s not just a geometrical landscape by a Black Mountain College artist; it is a… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, August 1, 2016

Work of the Week – “Christine: Figure and Light Study” by Stephen Dell

by Jason T. Perry Elegance is what I saw the first time I viewed Stephen Dell’s photograph Christine: Figure and Light Study. I hold my breath every time I study it because, although I know the image is forever frozen in time, I am still afraid it will go away. Dell photographed this image in… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 29, 2016

Black Mountain College Artist – John Urbain

by Parker Louise Bobbitt The Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College exhibition opens August 6 at the Asheville Art Museum and we’re taking the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the geometric landscapes in the Museum’s Collection. Today, we’re focusing on John Urbain’s monochromatic etching titled Houses, which will… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work of the Week – “Writing on the Pharaoh’s Wall” by Gabriel Shaffer

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is The Writing on the Pharaoh’s Wall by folk artist Gabriel Shaffer. In the past, few accepted graffiti as an equal to more traditional art forms. While still controversial, it has finally found its rightful place as a generally accepted medium in the art world.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 22, 2016

Black Mountain College Exhibition Artist – W. “Pete” Jennerjahn

by Jason T. Perry The Asheville Art Museum is preparing for its latest exhibition Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College, which will open on August 6. Two works are by former BMC student and professor, Warren “Pete” Jennerjahn. Based on the title, Through Studio Windows (Paris) seems to be Jennerjahn’s view of… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Asheville Art Museum Receives Grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to Support the Art WORKS for Asheville Capital Campaign

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation recently awarded the Asheville Art Museum a prestigious grant of $250,000 as part of the Museum’s Art WORKS for Asheville Capital Campaign to support expanded curatorial and collections storage, research and study facilities as part of the major renovation and expansion project underway to create the new Asheville Art Museum,… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 18, 2016

Work of the Week – “June” by Charles F. Quest

by Jason T. Perry This week’s Work of the Week is June by artist Charles F. Quest. June portrays that universal mid-range shot that is standard to portrait works. But a close look at Charles F. Quest’s June shows that it is anything but standard. The work is a woodcut on paper, and the buildup… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 15, 2016

Black Mountain College – A History

by Jason T. Perry A mid-20th century photograph by Hazel Larsen Archer of a building on the campus of Black Mountain College. Some are surprised to learn that Western North Carolina was home to one of the most influential cultural hubs of the 20th century. In 1933 an experimental college was built near the small… Click to read the rest of the blog post