Cherokee Baskets from the Asheville Art Museum

April 19, 2017 - April 3, 2018

Long regarded for their exquisite craftsmanship, Cherokee baskets are notable for their beauty, durability and technical complexity. Made primarily by women, they play an important role in Cherokee culture, serving as functional and decorative objects, records of history, and celebrations of time-honored values. For centuries, Cherokees successfully marketed their baskets and used them as currency to trade for a variety of goods. The European aristocracy of the early 18th century, for example, actively sought out Cherokee baskets and purchased them as gifts for friends and business associates. Cherokee baskets continue to be desirable commodities and treasured works of art today.

The Asheville Art Museum recognizes the important contributions that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has made to the art and culture of the Southern Appalachian region and is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting historical and contemporary Cherokee art. The Museum’s Collection currently contains over 40 baskets made by Cherokee women from 1900 to the present day. The baskets in this exhibition are part of a larger collection of Cherokee artwork that also includes outstanding examples of wood carving, stone sculpture and ceramics.

We are grateful to the State Employees’ Credit Union and its members for their generous support of the Asheville Art Museum.

Related Events

Art Break | July 28, 12:00 p.m.

Exhibition History

  • October 6, 2017 – April 3, 2018: State Employees’ Credit Union (1310 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 28803)
  • July 12 – October 4, 2017: State Employees’ Credit Union (8 Monticello Road, Weaverville 28787)
  • April 19 – July 11, 2017: State Employees’ Credit Union (701 Broadway, Asheville 28804)
View selected works in the exhibition »