Member News: January + February 2018

Construction Subcontractor Spotlight | HVAC, Inc

The Museum is pleased to highlight HVAC, Inc. as a Subcontractor Spotlight. Headquartered in Asheville, NC and Bristol, TN and an expert serving the region, HVAC, Inc. is a full service specialty mechanical contractor offering a full complement of building solutions. HVAC, Inc. company philosophy states “We believe in and support the communities in which we live and work. And we strive daily to improve anything and everything we can. Every project we do is special and we are
innovators in mechanical problem solving.”

Since 1986, HVAC has grown from eight to more than 100 dedicated, innovative, hard-working employees. The Asheville Art Museum is proud to have HVAC, Inc. team members working on the installation of the critical heating, ventilation and cooling systems, which are a major component of the new Museum. These new systems will provide the necessary climate-controlled environment to house and showcase the Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions.

Collections Spotlight: My Big Black America, Wesley Clark

The Asheville Art Museum is excited to have recently acquired a new work titled My Big Black America by artist Wesley Clark through its newly formed Acquisition Response Team (A.R.T.), a support network for acquiring exciting works of art that require rapid funding and quick decision-making.

Intricately detailed, My Big Black America consists of a variety of wood, including both manufactured wood used in household furniture and unworked, natural wood. The foundation of the work is made up of wooden crate fragments while chair backs, bed posts, tree stumps and salvaged pieces from Clark’s first version of the work make up the surface. As Clark explains, “Old wood is the base of the construction and acts as a metaphor for those from which America’s foundation was built—black slaves and low-paid industrial workers. Newer segments of wood are the younger generation creating what is the surface of the USA today.” Clark appreciates the history that worn objects bring to the work, likening the wood to skin that holds marks over time. In keeping with other works by Clark, My Big Black America aims to encourage viewers to think about race on both a national and personal level.

Wesley Clark grew up in Silver Spring, MD, and, after receiving his BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 2001, went on to earn his MFA in Studio Art from George Washington University in 2012. He currently resides in Hyattsville, MD and is part of the surrealist artist collective Delusions of Grandeur, who “grapple with diverse aspects of the black experience” in a range of media.


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Gallery On the Slope

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project
Through JANUARY 21, 2018
Every year since 1988, technology entrepreneur and avid collector Peter Norton has commissioned an artist to create an original work of art that is then produced in multiples and sent to friends and select art institutions. The Asheville Art Museum is honored to be an annual recipient of the Norton Family Christmas Project since 1993.

Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards
JANUARY 27 – MARCH 4, 2018
The Asheville Art Museum is the regional host of the annual Scholastic Art juried competition for students in grades 7-12 from all across WNC. The regional program is supported by the Museum’s volunteer docents, the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects and Base Camp AVL. For this exhibition, a selection of artwork receiving regional awards will be on view.

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.

Cameron Art Museum
Through FEBRUARY 11, 2018
For the Cameron’s exhibition Created by Light – Photographs from North Carolina Collections in Wilmington, NC, the Asheville Art Museum has select photographs on view from its Collection.

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

Additional Works on View
A selection of posters from the Hear Our Voice exhibition will be on view at Asheville School, and the Museum will have a case of Arts & Crafts works at the Grove
Park Inn February 16-18 for the annual Arts & Crafts Conference.

Special Event

Museum Shop Jewelry Pop-Up — Shop for your Valentine!
FEBRUARY 9 – 11 — during regular Museum hours

Adult Programs

Art Breaks
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

  • Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project — JANUARY 19
  • Art Banners on Construction Fencing — JANUARY 26 + FEBRUARY 16 (meet at 2 S. Pack Square outside of the construction fencing)
  • 2018 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards — FEBRUARY 2

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

  • The Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt by Ellen B. Hirschland + Nancy Hirschland Ramage — JANUARY 9
  • Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey — FEBRUARY 13

Up for Discussion

William Frerichs’ Celebration of the North Carolina Wilderness
FEBRUARY 17 — Saturday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
$25 Museum members; $35 non-members
Stephens-Lee Center

Art, the Scientific Method, and the Aesthetics of the Real
FEBRUARY 20 — Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
$10 per person suggested donation
The Collider

Midday Music Break in the Gallery On the Slope — Quartet Davis
JANUARY 12 — Friday, 12:00 p.m. — Free

Pianoforte with Deborah Belcher and Members of the Asheville Wind Quintet
FEBRUARY 18 — Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
$8 + tax Museum + UUCA members ($7 children); $16 + tax non-members ($15 children)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville


Mixing It Up: Drawing + Mixed Media
FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, MARCH 1 + 8 — Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m
$220 Museum members; $240 non-members (includes some materials)

School and Family Programs

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

2018 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony

FEBRUARY 25 — 1:30 p.m.
Diana Wortham Theatre

All regional award recipients for the Western North Carolina Scholastic Art Awards will be honored at a ceremony on February 25, followed by a reception On the Slope where a selection of the artwork will be on view.

There is still time to become a MAKE IT NEW Member

Take advantage of the MAKE IT NEW membership opportunity and pre-pay to lock in current membership rates before dues increase. With a two-year commitment, you will be a part of the Museum’s historic renovation and expansion project, enjoying Museum membership through our grand opening and beyond! This LIMITED TIME opportunity ends May 31, 2018. Join at

New Benefits & Rates with a Special Early Bird Discount

When the new Museum opens, membership dues will increase along with the added benefits and opportunities that come with a state-of-the-art facility. We are excited to provide an Early Bird Discount on memberships purchased during the 6 months prior to the re-opening. Purchase a 12-month membership at the new rates and receive an 18-month membership at no additional cost and with the same new benefits! This opportunity begins July 1, 2018.

Entertaining at the Museum

Looking for a stunning venue space to host your event? Venue spaces in the new Museum will be available in mid-2019. Contact to sign up for updates or to reserve your spot.