Member News: January/February 2017

Major Demolition to Begin

The Museum’s construction project is taking a very exciting next step as major work begins in earnest this winter on the new addition and major renovation components. Wrapped in an engaging site-specific banner installation focusing on works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, the corner of 2 South Pack Square will be an active construction zone during 2017 with a crane on-site. The Museum is proud to have had a home on this important corner since 1992 as part of the former Pack Place Arts, Education & Science Center. Pack Place, created out of a community vision for a cultural center in a revitalized downtown, has helped spur Asheville’s incredible success over the last two decades leading to the
Museum’s current need for expansion.

The demolition on the corner is in preparation for the creation of the stunning new glass façade, art-filled Atrium and greatly expanded Permanent Collection galleries that will form the core of the newly constructed areas of the redesigned Asheville Art Museum. Also underway this winter is interior demolition of the East Wing to prepare the facility for the installation of state-of-the-art HVAC, lighting and security systems.

The Museum is working closely with the City of Asheville to maintain sidewalk access around the construction site. Please pardon our dust and continue to visit our downtown neighbors on Biltmore Avenue and Pack Square. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the new Museum, please contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass, Campaign Manager at or 828.253.3227, ext. 114.


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Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards
January 28 – February 26, 2017
Gallery On the Slope

The Asheville Art Museum, with the assistance of its volunteer docents and support from the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, is proud to sponsor the annual WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Students in grades 7-12 from all across our region are invited to submit work for this special juried competition. A selection of artwork receiving regional awards will be on view in the Gallery on the Slope from January 28 – February 26, 2017. All regional award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Sunday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Diana Wortham Theatre. Regional Gold Key recipients’ work will be sent to the National Scholastic Art competition in New York City. Learn more about the Scholastic Art Awards at or

Art on View at Western Carolina University

We are thrilled to have a few works from our Permanent Collection on view at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum at the Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee: George Peterson’s Spiral made of recycled skateboards; Hoss Haley’s Cycle made of recycled steel from washing machines; and Lonnie Holley’s sculpture I Have Seen Parts of Africa’s Dream in Her Honor.


TOAST Asheville
FEBRUARY 24 — Friday, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Hi-Wire Brewing at the Big Top (2 Huntsman Place)
Members $30 | Non-members $35 | At the door $40


Pianoforte with Les Downs
FEBRUARY 19 — Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Biltmore United Methodist Church (376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 28803)
Museum and Biltmore UMC members: $8 + tax ($7 children) | Non-members: $16 + tax ($15 children)


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

Discussion Bound
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
JANUARY 10: Walk Through Walls: A Memoir by Marina Abramović
FEBRUARY 14: Artists in Love: From Picasso & Gilot to Christo & Jeanne-Claude, A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships by Veronica Kavass
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)

Introduction to Screen-printing
FEBRUARY 11 — Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Asheville Art Museum On the Slope
Members $65 | Non-members $75 (includes materials and lunch)

Up for Discussion
Richard Sharp Smith: Asheville’s Arts & Crafts Architect
FEBRUARY 18 — Saturday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Cathedral of All Souls (9 Swan Street, Asheville 28803)
Members $25 | Non-members $35


After School Art Adventures
Join us from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at East Asheville Public Library each first Wednesday, or Leicester Public Library each second Wednesday! Click here for upcoming dates.

Tot Time: Mixed Up + Messy
JANUARY 23 MARCH 17 Mondays, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Stephens-Lee Recreational Center (30 George Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville 28801)
Cost: $35 for 8-week series. To register, please call the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department at 828.350.2058.

McDowell STEAM Expo
JANUARY 28 — Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
McDowell Technical Community College


As a member, you play an essential role in the Museum’s past, present and future. As we begin major construction to create the New Asheville Art
Museum, we need your support more than we ever have. Members will receive a letter in the mail mid-January detailing Member benefits while we’re under construction, including membership in the Southeast Reciprocal Museum Program (SERM), which gives you free admission to all museums that are a part of SERM.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Joanna K. Miller at or 828.253.3227, ext. 117 with any questions about your current or future membership. We thank you for being a part of the Museum family as we Make It New!