Member News: September + October 2017

Construction Subcontractor Spotlight

The Museum is pleased to highlight Dave Steel. Based in Asheville, NC and family-owned and managed since 1929, Dave Steel has been a leader in Western North Carolina’s construction industry for nearly a century. As WNC has grown along with its building needs, so has Dave Steel. Its first major project was the construction of the American Enka plant in 1932, now BASF. The company has continued to grow over the years, updating and modernizing, as well as expanding its facilities into South Carolina. Dave Steel is committed to maintaining a culture of quality and exceptional service. The Asheville Art Museum is proud to join a long history of WNC companies and projects that rely on Dave Steel for their structural steel. In the coming months, as construction continues at 2 South Pack Square, you will see the partnership with Dave Steel in action as the steel structure emerges for the new core of the building, which will house the art-filled Atrium, visitor services, Museum Shop, greatly expanded Permanent Collections galleries and rooftop sculpture terrace.

Education Spotlight: Summer Art Camp + Internships

All summer, our Museum On the Slope was bustling with energy and activity! In addition to our Summer Interns from colleges and universities near and far, we had students of all ages developing their artistic skills in Summer Art Camp each week. It was such a joy having everyone with us. From printmaking to painting to sculpture and more, campers learned new ways to express themselves through art. Our interns worked on projects in the areas of curatorial, development, education, communications and architecture. We wish all of the Interns and Art Campers the best of luck in their upcoming school year.


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Gallery On the Slope

Home Land
JULY 22 – OCTOBER 22, 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

Urban Loft + Art Tour
OCTOBER 12 — Thursday, 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • General:  Museum members $50, non-members $55 — includes tour and reception
  • VIP:  Museum members $70, non-members $75 — includes additional lofts, galleries + more (time slots at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to privately tour Downtown Asheville’s most stunning art-filled lofts and impressive architecture during the Urban Loft + Art Tour 2017. We will also provide an update on the Museum’s construction project. Departing from the Museum On the Slope at 175 Biltmore Avenue, the former Foam & Fabric building, timed walking tours begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue every 15 minutes thereafter.

Walking tours last approximately 90 minutes. At the conclusion of their tour, guests are invited to enjoy beverages and light hors d’oeuvres at an ongoing reception being held at the Slope from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Please ask about our low-impact tour options to accommodate people with mobility concerns.)

Adult Programs

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

Home Land — SEPTEMBER 15
Home Land — OCTOBER 13, with B. Lynne Harlan, co-curator

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

SEPTEMBER 19 — Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D.
OCTOBER 10 — 100 Secrets of the Art World: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Arts But Were Afraid to Ask by Thomas Girst + Magnus Reach

Film Screening
We Shall Remain: The Trail of Tears
OCTOBER 6 — Friday, 6:00 p.m.
Asheville Art Museum On the Slope

Workshop / Class
Color That Sings, Pattern That Moves
SEPTEMBER 26, OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24 + NOVEMBER 7 — Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$220 Museum members
$240 non-members
(includes some materials)

Art Travelers Trip
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
OCTOBER 6 — Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$90  |  Museum members
$100  | non-members

Prices include transportation, museum tour, lunch and fair ticket.

School and Family Programs

We have a number of programs hosted throughout the community this fall designed to inspire creativity in kids! Learn more

Become a MAKE IT NEW Member!

With a two-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! Now is the time to lock in current rates before the membership dues increase along with the added benefits and opportunities that come with a new, state-of-the-art facility. Don’t miss this LIMITED-TIME opportunity to join as a MAKE IT NEW Member.

MAKE IT NEW Partners

These partnerships create additional benefits to all of our members during the Museum’s construction while also supporting local businesses. Details regarding benefits provided by each MAKE IT NEW Partner are listed on our website. Current partners include: aSHEville Museum; Blue Dream Curry House; Chimney Rock State Park; Contemporaneo Asheville; Grail Moviehouse; Heiwa Shokudo; LaZoom Tours; The North Carolina Arboretum; One Center Yoga; and Vortex Doughnuts.

Thank You to our Supporters

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