Caring for the Permanent Collection During Construction

October 2016

The Asheville Art Museum’s curatorial team has been working hard over the past several months carrying out an inventory of our Permanent Collection, photographing objects and performing conservation treatments. This important work was necessary to prepare the Collection for its move and storage during the Museum’s major construction project to create the new Asheville Art Museum, opening in 2018.

Ensuring the safety and security of the Collection is critical during this transition. We are pleased to be working with a few organizations that will store our Collection in secure and climate-controlled environments. In addition, we are collaborating with a number of community partners such as Western Carolina University and State Employees’ Credit Union and Wells Fargo to present works on view to the public. Stay tuned for details about what’s on view at locations around our community, as well as what will be on view at 175 Biltmore Avenue, our pop-up location Asheville Art Museum On the Slope.

Our curatorial staff will be spending the month of November carefully packing and moving the more than 4,000 objects in our Permanent Collection. A big “thank you” to Associate Curator Carolyn Grosch, Preparator Jay Milner, former Registrar Myra Scott Flournoy and former Curatorial Assistant Kaitlyn Allen for their expertise in caring for the Collection at this pivotal time in the Museum’s history. We also thank Olly Silinski, Gilberto Sibrian, Alice Harris and Parker Louise Bobbitt, our most senior gallery attendants, who are being trained how to properly handle artwork in order to help with packing and moving.