About Us

The Museum invites you to explore our outstanding Collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to discover the richness of Western North Carolina’s unique artistic history.

Our Vision

To transform lives through art.

Our Mission

To engage, enlighten, and inspire individuals and enrich community through dynamic experiences in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Our History

Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing lifelong opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts.

Read more about the history of the Museum, as well as the Museum’s new building.

Our Exhibitions & Programs

The Museum presents a robust schedule of engaging exhibitions featuring American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Museum also offers a broad variety of innovative programs for all ages, including classes and workshops for adults, college students, children, and families; guided and group tours; concerts and performances; volunteer and docent programs; year-round and summer internship programs; film screenings; lectures and panel discussions; school and teacher programs; special events; and much more.

Contact the Museum

To connect with us, please visit our Contact page. For immediate assistance or general inquiries, please call 828.253.3227.

Our Membership Publication, Profile

Click here to view the most recent issue, as well as past issues, of our membership publication Profile.

The Asheville Art Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums which receives support for its programs from Museum Members; other generous individuals, corporations, businesses, and foundations; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (www.NCArts.org); the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional support is provided by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.

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Donate to Our Capital Campaign

A gift to the Capital Campaign is a gift to our community’s future. With the Museum’s major renovation and expansion project comes even greater opportunities to transform lives through art. The new Museum will be a celebration of the human creative spirit, a center for lifelong learning and a gathering place for the community. Support the creative future of our region and donate today. Thank you for supporting the arts!

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