Friday, May 17 - Sunday, October 6, 2013

Various forms of play have provided abundant subject matter for artists. The works on view in this exhibition – drawn primarily from the Museum’s Permanent Collection – explore themes of sport, recreation, leisure and play.

An artist at work can take on an intense and focused concentration in their craft, as seen in the subject of Saul Kovner’s Cellist. Engaging in activities of leisure, sport, recreation and play nurture our well-being by developing our imagination and creativity. Jeff Rich’s Fisherman, South Holston River captures the benefits of physical activity. Play can also provide cognitive stimulation, as seen in Donald Sultan’s Domino Dec 1990 that engages the viewer’s mind.

Play is often described as a time when we feel most alive. And yet, somewhere between childhood and adulthood many of us stop playing. By giving ourselves permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, we continue to reap its benefits throughout life. Audrey Kirschner’s Tea Party celebrates the nature of friendship, camaraderie and laughter, showing that play can extend to adult life.

This exhibition is organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum and is sponsored by Mary L. Powell.

View selected works in the exhibition »