Member News: July + August 2017

Construction Subcontractor Spotlight

We are pleased to spotlight one of the our major expansion and renovation project’s subcontractors D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, Inc. / Demolition & Asbestos Removal, Inc. We are especially proud to be working with DHGW/DARI on this project due to their commitment to recycling and salvage as integral to their demolition process. We are diverting 75% of the construction materials from our local landfill over the course of our demolition! Read more.

Construction Fence Banners

We have installed a series of art banners along the fence that surrounds our 2 S. Pack Square construction. Stop by and learn more about some of the works in our Collection, and engage by sharing your thoughts on social media in response to some of the questions you’ll see on the banners.


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Gallery On the Slope

Hear Our Voice

MAY 20 – JULY 16, 2017

Hear Our Voice features a selection of posters from The Amplifier, a “visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement.” This exhibition explores the potential of visual art to empower people, artists and communities and promote dialogue. Hear Our Voice includes individual works by over 40 woman-identified artists, as well as selections from Jessica Sabogal’s Better Than Perfect and Shepard Fairey’s We the People series.

Home Land
JULY 22 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Inspired by the Museum’s recent acquisition Home Land, a cutting-edge contemporary basket by Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn, this exhibition explores the connections that southeastern Native artists have to their ancestral homelands. The works on view are drawn primarily from the collection of Lambert Wilson, a passionate collector of southeastern Native art for over 30 years.

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

Wells Fargo Bank, Downtown Asheville

Several works from our Permanent Collection by influential local craftsman William Waldo Dodge, Jr. are on view in the lobby of the downtown Asheville Wells Fargo Bank.

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.

The Collider
Leonard Cave’s Tornado is the first of many environmentally focused works from our Collection being installed at The Collider in downtown Asheville.

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

Special Event

Coloring Lorna Halper

AUGUST 5 — Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LEAF Downtown AVL — Pack Square

Let go of your grown-up stress, and tap into your inner child! Join us at this year’s LEAF Downtown AVL family festival for an all-ages coloring party.


Art Travels: Spartanburg
AUGUST 17 — Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Museum members $85, non-members $95 (includes transportation, lunch and tours)

Join us for a day trip to Spartanburg, SC to enjoy great art, delicious food and good company!

Adult Programs

Art Breaks
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Asheville Art Museum On the Slope

Spotlight Series — JULY 7
Pop Up! — JULY 28 +AUGUST 18
Home Land — AUGUST 11

Discussion Bound
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)

JULY 11 — “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by Linda Nochlin
AUGUST 8 — “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” by Emil Ferrisć

Empowerment + Portrait Photography
JULY 8 — Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Museum members $60, non-members $70

Film Screening
Oskar Blues Presents Earthcaster
AUGUST 29 — Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
The Collider
Free and open to the public
Suggested donation at the door $5 a person, $20 per family

School and Family Programs

After School Art Adventures + Tot Time will return in the Fall!

Summer Art Camp
Learn more

Become a MAKE IT NEW Member!

With a multi-year commitment, you will be a part of all the excitement of the Museum’s historic renovation and expansion project, enjoying Museum membership from major construction through our grand opening in 2018! Now is the time to lock in your current rates before the membership dues increase along with the added benefits and opportunities that come with a new, state-of-the-art facility. Exciting new benefits include free admission to more than 180 museums in the Southeast through participation in the Southeast Reciprocal Museum Program.

  • Sign up to be a MAKE IT NEW Member with a (2) two-year commitment! This opportunity is available now through 6 months before the Museum’s re-opening.
  • We are also providing a LIMITED-TIME opportunity only through August 2017 to be a MAKE IT NEW Member with a (3) three-year commitment.
MAKE IT NEW Partners

We are working with local businesses to create partnerships that will benefit our members during the Museum’s construction, as well as provide benefits to our Partners. We currently have several exciting partnerships, and we will continue to add new partners.

Current partners include: aSHEville Museum; Blue Dream Curry House; Chimney Rock State Park; Contemporaneo Asheville; Heiwa Shokudo; One Center Yoga; and Vortex Doughnuts.

Join Our Collectors’ Circle

Our Collectors’ Circle is a group of art enthusiasts dedicated to increasing their own knowledge of American art and collecting, and conservation of the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Annual purchases for the Permanent Collection are
made through an acquisition fund created by yearly dues ($1,000+). These elegant, social and educational gatherings
centered on collection are held 2-3 times yearly, and end with the Year-End Selection Dinner. Museum membership
is required. Contact Joanna K. Miller at or 828.253.3227, ext. 117 for more information.

In Memoriam

The Asheville Art Museum deeply regrets the loss of Museum friends Shirley Embody, Dahlia Gans, Dot Hamil and Linda Topper.

Thank You to our Supporters

We can’t do what we do without the generous support of many individuals and organizations.