Member News: July + August 2018

Making It New

With the installation of our two newest exhibitions On the Slope – Red Hot in the Blue Ridge and Making It New – we are a step closer to concluding our time at our temporary home at 175 Biltmore Avenue. Our current exhibitions are the final exhibitions we will have on view in our pop-up space before we pack up and move back into 2 S. Pack Square later this year!

Making It New gives visitors an insightful look at our state-of-the-art facility currently being constructed at 2 S. Pack Square. We feature some of the amazing construction team members who are making it all happen, as captured by our two Artists-in-Residence, photographers Ralph Burns and David Huff. The exhibition also features hands-on information about some of the new building’s materials and floorplans, as well as opportunities for visitors to curate in a gallery model and vote for a favorite work from our Collection.

Along with building a new facility, the Museum is changing its look in other ways! We have been working hard the last several months developing our new visual brand. In Making It New, see one of Josef Albers’s iconic prints, which has served as one of the inspirations for our new logo. Our new brand will be making its debut in the very near future.


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Gallery On the Slope

Red Hot in the Blue Ridge
MAY 19 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
The Asheville Art Museum presents Red Hot in the Blue Ridge, featuring glass from the Museum’s Collection. Glass as an art form emerged in Western North Carolina when several key artists established independent studios in the late 1960s and began training students. The Museum has built its collection of exquisite glass thanks to major gifts from generous collectors and by seeking out inspiring work by the next generation of creators. This exhibition reflects both the impulse to collect glass as well as transformational contributions to the medium made here in Western North Carolina. Join us on June 1, 5:00-8:00 p.m. for the opening reception held in conjunction with June’s First Friday Art Walk.

Making it New
MAY 19 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
As construction work continues on the NEW Asheville Art Museum at 2 S. Pack Square, we are busy planning for our grand re-opening in early 2019! In Making It New, learn all about your new Museum by exploring architectural drawings, models, progress photography, recent acquisitions, and stories from the people who are making it all happen. Vote for your favorite work from our Permanent Collection — community favorites will be on view when the Museum reopens!

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.

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.
The James Goode Collection from the Asheville Art Museum
Looking Through: Glass from the Asheville Art Museum
Interwoven: Contemporary Baskets from the Asheville Art Museum


Adult Programs

Art Breaks
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

JULY 6 — Red Hot in the Blue Ridge with Mark Peiser, artist

JULY 20 + AUGUST 10 — Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing
Location: 2 S. Pack Square

JULY 27, 12:30 p.m. — (Re)Visiting George Masa

AUGUST 24 — Making It New with Michelle Lee, Curatorial Intern for Museum Diversity 2018

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

JULY 10 — The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel by Debra Dean

AUGUST 14 — Stolen by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Grains of Breath, Out of Sand
AUGUST 3 — Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Film Screening

Rocaterrania at the Grail Moviehouse
JULY 21, 2:00 p.m.

Workshops + Classes

WORKSHOP: Alchemy: Image Transfers
JULY 14, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$80 Museum Members, $90 non-members
Space is limited; register by July 9

CLASS: Urban Landscapes: Digital Photography
JULY 21, 28 + AUGUST 4, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$200 Museum Members, $220 non-members
Space is limited; register by July 16

WORKSHOP: Delicious Ambiguity: An Uncertainty Workshop for Uncertain Times
AUGUST 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$80 Museum Members, $90 non-members
Space is limited; register by August 6.

School and Family Programs

Summer Art Camp
We have a number of programs hosted throughout the community designed to inspire creativity in kids! Learn more