Member News: March + April 2018

Construction Spotlight

The construction work on the new Asheville Art Museum is entering an exciting phase! With the steel erection completed on the new core, the crane was recently de-installed. This spring we anticipate the arrival of the glass components that will become the stunning transparent façade of the new building. For the latest time lapse video of the construction process, visit

We are thrilled to announce an exciting, creative project we have happening on the construction site. The Museum is honored to have photographer Ralph Burns on site as an artist-in-residence during the construction project. Burns has established a temporary photography studio inside the East Wing, amidst the ongoing renovations, and is taking portraits of the project’s many construction team workers. Once the portrait project is complete, these photographs will be published on our website, and will be on view when the new Museum opens. Burns, who is known for his 35mm black and white photographs, mwas born in New Orleans and has lived in Asheville since the 1970s. The Asheville Art Museum presented an exhibition of Burns’ work in 2014. We are excited to have Burns working with us to celebrate the many individuals who are helping us Make It New.


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Gallery On the Slope

Crafting Abstraction
Through MAY 13, 2018
Crafting Abstraction brings together a selection from the Museum’s Permanent Collection that highlights the importance of craft to the development of modernist abstraction in the United States. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, modernist artists have used abstract forms—geometric and organic—to express immaterial phenomena such as spirituality, gracefulness, vitality, speed, sensuality and emotion. In many of these artworks, the physical attributes of the materials and the processes of hand-making are integral to the ideas and experiences conveyed.

Turning Traditions
MARCH 10 – MAY 13, 2018
As a complement to Crafting Abstraction, Turning Traditions is an installation of selected works by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop. This family of Southern woodturners has created unique vessels for three generations.

Spotlight Series
A wall in our gallery is dedicated to the Spotlight Series, which focuses on bringing fresh perspectives to works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Art on View in the Community

Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center
We are excited to have the following works on view at WCU in Cullowhee: George Peterson’s Spiral, Hoss Haley’s Cycle, and Lonnie Holley’s For Every Woman I Have Seen Parts of Africa’s Dream in Her Honor.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Through APRIL 7, 2018
The Asheville Art Museum has a number of works on view in Arts at the Center: A History of Black Mountain College at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
JANUARY 12 – JUNE 2, 2018
The Asheville Art Museum has a number of works on view in Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College at the Turchin Center in Boone, NC.

State Employees’ Credit Union Branches
Works from our Collection that have a special connection to our region are popping up at SECU branches in our community.
North Carolina Pottery
North Carolina Glass
Cherokee Baskets

Adult Programs

Art Breaks
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

Conservation & Care of Works on Paper — MARCH 23
Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing — MARCH 30 + APRIL 27 (2 South Pack Square)
Crafting Abstraction— APRIL 13

Discussion Bound
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville)

Up for Discussion

The Forgotten Lives of Zelda Fitzgerald
MARCH 9 — Friday, 12:00 p.m.
Drew Sencabaugh, Education Intern

A Legacy in Wood
APRIL 6 — Friday, 12:00 p.m.
Philip and Matt Moulthrop

Pianoforte with Alexander Schwarzkopf
APRIL 22 — Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
$8 + tax ($7 children) Museum and UUCA members
$16 + tax ($15 children) non-members
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville

Workshops + Classes

Zelda’s Flowers: Painting + Drawing
MARCH 10 — Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$75 members | $85 non-members
Co-instructors Pamela Lanza and Glenn Hirsch

The Craft of Abstraction and the Abstract Power of Realism
MARCH 20, 27, APRIL 3, 10, 17 + 24 — Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$220 members | $240 non-members
Instructor Glenn Hirsch

Contemporary African-American Art and Artists
MARCH 30, APRIL 6, 13 + 27 — Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

School and Family Programs

Summer Art Camp; Tot Time: Mixed Up & Messy; Storytime & Art; and After School Art Adventures
We have a number of programs hosted throughout the community designed to inspire creativity in kids! Learn more