Asheville Art Museum - North Carolina museum exhibiting 20th century American art

American Art in the Atomic Age: 1940–1960
On view through April 29, 2024—this exhibition features works created during the 1940s–1960s. Much of the art during this time expressed the uncertainty of the era, often relying on the automatism and biomorphic forms that had originated with Surrealism.
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Western North Carolina Scholastic Art Awards
On view through March 25—this exhibition celebrates our community’s burgeoning artistic talent, honoring students in grades 7–12 from all across Western North Carolina who were selected among their peers for their exceptional artwork.
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Western North Carolina Glass: Selections from the Collection
On view through April 15—this exhibition explores Western North Carolina’s importance in the history of American glass art. Several artists of the Studio Glass Movement came to the region, including its founder Harvey K. Littleton. Discover a variety of techniques and a willingness to push boundaries of the medium.
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Counter/Balance: Gifts from John and Robyn Horn
On view through July 29—this exhibition presents important examples of contemporary American craft, including woodworking, metalsmithing, fiber and pottery by renowned American artists.
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Asheville’s Naturalist: Watercolors by Sallie Middleton 
On view through June 10—this exhibition features a selection of botanical and wildlife prints by renowned watercolor artist Sallie Middleton.
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Cottage for Miss Minnie Alexander by Richard Sharp Smith
November 20, 2023

Richard Sharp Smith is well known for popularizing English arts-and-crafts architecture throughout Western North Carolina and beyond. An English immigrant, having worked at some of

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The Museum’s galleries, the Museum Store, and Perspective Café are open to the public. Pre-purchased online tickets and walk-in tickets are available. Tickets are non-refundable.

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Western North Carolina Glass

June 28, 2023–April 15, 2024
Western North Carolina is important in the history of American glass art. Several artists of the Studio Glass Movement came to the region, including its founder Harvey K. Littleton. The Museum is dedicated to collecting American studio glass and within that umbrella, explores the work of Artists connected to Western North Carolina. A variety of techniques and a willingness to push boundaries of the medium can be seen in this selection of works from the Museum's Collection.