About the Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is undergoing an exciting transformation — we are building the NEW Asheville Art Museum, scheduled for completion in late 2018. Learn more about the historical project here.

State of the Museum 2018

Museum Fact Sheet (PDF)

History of Museum Locations (PDF)

Historical Facts

Learn about the Museum’s construction & expansion project

Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast.

It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region.

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

The Asheville Art Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, accredited by the American Association of Museums which receives support for its programs from Museum members, other generous individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations, the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency 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.

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 Programs

The Asheville Art Museum offers a wide and exciting variety of programs for all ages to enjoy, 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.

Contacting the Museum

To contact a specific staff member, please use the staff contact form found at the top of our Connect Page. For immediate assistance or general inquiries, please call the front desk of the Museum at (828) 253-3227.