The Asheville Art Museum Collectors’ Circle is a specialized group formed to encourage the exchange of ideas and interests, art learning, connoisseurship, and collecting. The group also supports the proactive development, stewardship, and conservation of the Asheville Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.
The Collectors’ Circle is dedicated to increasing their own knowledge of American art and fine-art collecting while also growing the Museum’s Permanent Collection through annual purchases from an acquisition fund created by yearly dues.
Collectors’ Circle events, elegant social and educational gatherings centered on collecting, are held 2-3 times throughout the year ending with an annual Year-End Selection Dinner. Dependent on space limitations, guests may be permitted at events and programs for a pre-determined fee.
Join the Collectors’ Circle and be part of expanding the Museum’s Permanent Collection!
$1,000 - Individual: (1) One Vote -- $800 for acquisition fund which is a tax-deductible gift *
$1,500 - Dual: (1.5) One & a Half Votes -- $1,100 for acquisition fund which is a tax-deductible gift *
$2,000- Dual: (2) Two Votes -- $1,600 for acquisition fund which is a tax-deductible gift *
Note: $200 per member is for programs/event fees, is not tax deductible, & cannot be paid through a charitable foundation.
*15% of acquisition dues will be held for a major acquisition every few years. 85% will be spent annually on Collectors’ Circle choice at the Year-End Selection Dinner.
Collectors’ Circle Membership Requires Museum Membership.
For more information and to join, please call (828) 253-3227.
2017 acquisitions to the Permanent Collection made possible by the generosity of Collectors’ Circle Members, as well as Individual Members
Artwork shown in order below the citations:
- Unknown Maker, Child’s Rocking Chair, Southern Appalachian, early 20th century, Rhododendron and Laurel twigs, adorned with notches and gray paint (radiator paint), cross and horseshoe motifs, 28 x 16 x 23 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2017 Collectors’ Circle member Gary Anderson in memory of Linda Topper.
- Unknown Maker, Miniature Arm Chair and Child’s Arm Chair, Southern Appalachian, early 20th century, Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel with chip carving, child’s chair 18.5 x 11 x 14 inches; miniature chair 10 x 4 x 6 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2017 Collectors’ Circle member Gary Anderson in memory of Linda Topper.
- Three Miniature Pieces of Twig Furniture, Southern, early 20th century, rocking chair, split seat, twig elements, 15 x 10 x 8 inches, settle with split seat, twig elements and burl slices, 14 x 6.5 x 13 inches, rocker with split seat, twig elements, 8 x 7.5 x 6.5 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by Jim Wilson & Lynne Poirier-Wilson.
- Mabel May Woodward, Trellis and Lane, not dated, Oil on canvas board, 13 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches. 2017 Collectors’ Circle purchase.
- Katherine Dreier, Variation 26, Vol. II and Variation 28, Vol. II, From the portfolio 1 to 40 Variations, 1934, Hand-coloring and pouchoir (stencil) applied to a uniform black-ink lithograph, Edition 65 of 80, Editioned in Paris 1937, 8.5 x 11.875 inches; sheet size 10.75 x 14 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2017 Collectors’ Circle members Karen & Robert Milnes and Butch & Kathy Patrick.
- Don Reitz, Lidded Stoneware Vessel, 1973, two handles, in a polychrome glaze, raised on a circular foot, 7 x 11 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor.
- Sandy Skoglund, Breathing Glass, 2000, Pigmented archival inkjet print with Epson Surecolor inks on Platine photo paper, Edition 28 of 30, 39 x 52 inches. 2017 Collectors’ Circle purchase with additional funds provided by the Nat C. Myers Photography Fund.
- Willie Cole, Sunbeam Male: Ceremonial, 2004, Digital print on Epson 9600 using Ultra Chrome Archival Inks, 61 x 44 inches, Rutgers Impression 3 of 3. 2017 Collectors’ Circle purchase.
- Ken Abbott, Silver Water Pitcher, from the series Useful Work, 2006 (printed 2015), Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, Edition 1 of 5, 20 x 20 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor.
- Sarah Sense, Choctaw Irish Relation 2, 2015, Bamboo paper, rice paper, collagraph print, inkjet print, wax, tape, 22 x 30 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2017 Collectors’ Circle members Russell & Ladene Newton.
- Joshua Adams, False Faced God, 2015-2016, Cedar wood carving, 32 x 13.5 x 8 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2017 Collectors’ Circle member Vito Lenoci.
- Judy Pfaff, …wind-deer and the honey-grass…, 2017, woodcut, hand painted dye and ink, archival inkjet, clear plastic film, Varied edition 4 of 12, signed by artist, 44 x 99.5 inches; 49.25 x 105 inches framed. 2017 Collectors’ Circle purchase.