Support the Museum

Art inspires, enriches, and enlivens us; it gives hope for the future and reminds us of our shared humanity. We are grateful to the individuals, corporations, and foundations that support the Museum with generous donations and memberships throughout the year.

Giving Options


A gift to the endowment is a lasting investment in the Museum’s vision to transform lives through art. Building sustaining funds for the Collection, exhibitions, and programming helps to ensure the Museum’s continued impact in our community, now and in the future.


Annual Fund/General Donations

Our Annual Fund campaign is divided into Fall and Spring Appeals, which raise funds to provide much needed support for our daily operations and programs. We believe the arts make a difference in our community. A gift to the Annual Fund allows us to continue to provide meaningful art, education, and experiences to the people of Western North Carolina and the many visitors to our region.


Memorials & Honoraria

Honoring a friend or loved one with a donation serves as a tribute to their memory or to recognize a special occasion, helping to celebrate them through art. Any donation to the Museum can be made in memory or in honor of someone special. An acknowledgment of your gift will go to your loved one or their family.


Planned Giving

Planned gifts can include bequests, charitable trusts, gifts of retirement-plan assets, gifts of life-insurance policies, and gifts of real estate or tangible property. We would be delighted to work with you and your advisors to structure a gift that best fulfills your philanthropic goals. Contact our grants manager for more information.


More Ways to Give

Charitable Distribution and More

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a great time to consider the tax benefits of a charitable contribution to an organization like the Asheville Art Museum. If you are 70 ½ or older as of January 1, 2021, and not using your IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for your living expenses, you can reduce your taxable income by making an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to the Museum. Alternatively, a gift of stocks or other securities to the Museum can increase both your tax deductions and the value of your gift to us. Either of these contributions can be applied to your membership—ask your financial advisor for more information about these year-end options.

In-Kind Gifts

Supporting the Museum through the donation of goods or services is a wonderful way to contribute to the success of all aspects of the Museum. Contact our grants manager if you are interested in donating in kind.

Gifts of Art

The Museum welcomes gifts of art that may be donated during your lifetime or by bequest. Contact us at or 828.253.3227 x120 if you are considering donating a work of art to the Museum.

Become a Member

As a Member of the Museum family, you get a variety of exciting benefits and the pride of knowing you support a vibrant arts community. All membership levels include unlimited annual access to our galleries, rooftop Café, and sculpture terrace. For more details on Member levels and benefits, visit our membership page.

Artist Clarissa Sligh (left) with Curatorial Assistant Lola Clairmont. [Photo by Shauna Caldwell]


The generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as local, state, and federal government support, enables the Museum to serve WNC residents and our many visitors with innovative educational programs for young people, an active schedule of adult educational programming, and spectacular exhibitions to engage all age groups and diverse communities. Thank you to all of the Museum’s donors who supported the Museum’s exhibitions, Collection, education programming, and operations.

Our Annual Donor Wall reflects all financial and in-kind gifts received in support of Museum exhibitions, collections, education programming, and operations.

Appleby Foundation
Art Bridges
The Chaddick Foundation
Council on Library and Information Resources
Henry Luce Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services in partnership with the National Park Service, the National
Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Windgate Foundation

Midgard Foundation/Phillip C. Broughton, Phillip C. Broughton Jr., David L. Smith and Margaret B. Crockett
National Endowment for the Humanities

Explore Asheville/Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority
Anne & William Newton
North Carolina Arts Council
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation

Asheville Area Arts Council
The Blumenthal Foundation
Fleur S. Bresler
Delphia Lamberson
Butch & Kathy Patrick
Julia & Jim Peterson
Bitsy & Jim Powell
Ditta S. Weiner
WNC Magazine

Bank of America
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
The Beattie Foundation
Danielle R. Bernstein
Anne & Nat Burkhardt
Nathaniel E. Cannady, III
Carolyn & Orville Coward
Nancy B. Ferguson
Shane Fero
Joey Gigliotti
Mary G. Hagood
Susan L. Holden
Marie R. Hudson
James A. and Mayme H. Rowland Foundation
Suzanne Jones
Vito Lenoci
The Maurer Family Foundation
Shirley Anne McCullough
Donna & Fred Meyer
Elwood & Meg Miles
Pamela L. Myers
National Endowment for the Arts
The Old Wood Co.
Rob Pulleyn
Henry Richardson
Chuck & Jenny Riner
Cherry & Paul Lentz Saenger
Babbie & Waid Shelton
Hank & Marita Strauss
TD Charitable Foundation
Susan Bailey Turner
Olivia & Gary Zahler

American Institute of Architects Asheville Area
Avl Technologies
Robert Barnett
Robert K. Benites
George & Kathy Dambach
Camille & John Fenton
Dr. & Mrs. Peter A. Gentling
Grant Laughter Jewelry
Darren & Marissa Green
Michael Hofman
Nancy Holmes
Lynn & Jim Karegeannes
Ann & Jon Kemske
Jill & Joe Lawrence
Richard Liston
Brian & Gail McCarthy
Karen & Robert Milnes
Frances Myers
Ladene & Russell Newton
Jim & Kendall Oliver
Lillian & Trevor Payne
H.L. & Mary Ellen Porter
Kim McGuire & Jim Samsel 
Michael J. Teaford
Tracey Morgan Gallery
Lindsay Webster
Lynne Poirier-Wilson & Jim Wilson

Anonymous (2)
Accola Griefen Fine Art
Alan & Cathy Adelman
Gary Anderson
Lin Andrews
Alicia Armstrong
Lauri & Jon Arnold
Bess & Rodgers Baird
Black Rock Editions, LLC
Carol & Morty Blumberg
Ed Bresler
Elbert & Karen Keil Brown
Tom Butler & Marilyn Laufer
Jeannette & Robert Cannon
Thomas Carr
Chris Cavanaugh
City of Asheville
Donald & Lisbeth Cooper
The Daniels Group
Breno Dantas Cruz
Jim & Terry Davis
Jan Duwelius
Rick & Bridget Eckerd
Laurie & Rudolf Ekstein
Belinda & Jeffrey Fromson
Judith Galloway
The Glenda G. Morgan Charitable Foundation
Kay & Michael Goodman
Garrett & Stephanie Greiner
Judith Hamill
Lindsay Hearn
Rick Heath & Merrily Orsini
Elizabeth W. Holden
Barbara and Michael Keleher Family
Kenn Kotara & Michelle Lappas Kotara 
Raymond & Susan McClinton
Lyn McFarland
Momentum Gallery
Kenneth Myers
Richard Nantelle
Kevin Naylor
North Carolina Museums Council
Mary Louise Powell
Cason Rankin
Rouleau Real Estate Group
Samsel Architects, PA
Lucrecia Schneider & Estela Bernal
Carol Schniedewind & Paula Dawkins
Seven Sisters Gallery
Eula & Richard Shaw
Marsha & Michael Shlaer
David Shurbutt
Randy Siegel & Don Baker
Omari Simmons
Ann Clarke Snell & Farley Snell 
Howard & Juanita Spanogle
George & Jill Stowe
Pat & Ray Strong
Maggi & Richard Swanson
Elizabeth H Tindall
Larry Turner
Ted & Terry Van Duyn
Barbara & Mike Walker
Walnut Cove Members Association
Eunice Ward
Fred & Marianne Weaver
Janet Whitworth & Mark Whitney
Mitchell Wolfson Jr.

Join the Museum Family

Enrich your involvement with the Museum by joining our vibrant family of Members. Experience great art while mingling with fellow art lovers at an opening reception, watch a local ceramist throw a pot in her studio, discover new creative skills at a workshop—all this and more. As a Member, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits while providing vital support for the Museum’s engaging education programs and innovative exhibitions. We invite you to join us! Join, renew, or give the gift of Museum membership today.

Join Now