Our Strength Is Our People
May 7–August 2, 2021
This exhibition surveys the life’s work of Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940), the father of American documentary photography.
Old World/New Soil
May 7–August 2, 2021
As an American art museum, the exhibition calls attention to the fact that we have decided to collect those artists who came to this country—either at their own prompting or out of necessity. As they adopted America as their new home, we have, in turn, embraced them, their creative output, and their artwork.
Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom
April 2, 2021–June 21, 2021
Featuring more than 40 works, Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom examines the career evolution of modern painter Beauford Delaney within the context of his 38-year friendship with writer James Baldwin.
2021 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards
February 6–March 8, 2021
The Asheville Art Museum is a regional affiliate partner of the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, sponsoring an annual juried competition for students in grades 7–12 from all across WNC.
Meeting the Moon
February 3, 2021–July 26, 2021
The year 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Apollo space program at NASA, but that was hardly the beginning of humankind’s fascination with Earth’s only moon.
January 27, 2021–May 17, 2021
This exhibition features archival objects from the Theodore Dreier Sr. Document Collection presented alongside artworks from the Museum’s Black Mountain College Collection to explore the connections between artworks and ephemera.
Across the Atlantic
January 22–April 19, 2021
This extraordinary exhibition, drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism Through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.
December 18, 2020–March 15, 2021
Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art is a selection of works from the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum which reveals the strength of the photographic image in the late-20th and early-21st century in the United States.
November 4, 2020–April 5, 2021
This exhibition highlights the Museum’s Collection of sculptural ceramics, especially from the 1980s until today.
October 7, 2020–August 30, 2021
Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that explores critically challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a trans-media conversation among Black men across geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata of American society.
Muddying the Waters
September 9, 2020–February 1, 2021
This exhibition of ceramics explores the movements and connections of makers as a way to push boundaries of regionality and tradition while highlighting the richness and complexity of makers and practices around North Carolina. Curated by former Curatorial Fellow and Windgate Curatorial Intern Sarah Kelly.
March 11, 2020–January 25, 2021
Ernest Trova creates in the F.M. Manscapes portfolio a world for his iconic Falling Man figure, an every-person he saw as a symbol for a person's evolution through lived experiences. Vibrant colors, geometric patterns, and repetitive forms merge to communicate a sense of movement and environment as the prints detail the Falling Man's layered journey.
March 6, 2020–January 4, 2021
This exhibition explores the legacy of Barbara Morgan and her lifelong observation of “dancing atoms,” which inspired her photographic work.
Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds
March 6, 2020–January 4, 2021
Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds create an immersive experience born out of the iconic Pop artist's interest in innovation and experimentation. To ensure the safety of Museum visitors and staff, Silver Clouds will be presented as a touch-free experience.
March 6, 2020–January 4, 2021
Movement in static mediums such as painting, drawing, and photography is difficult to express, yet many artists feel called to explore it. Movement serves as an impetus for creation—to either capture it or create it in entirely different mediums. The works here, selected from the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection, highlight additional approaches to rendering a lasting imprint of the ephemeral.
A Telling Instinct
February 21–November 30, 2020
A Telling Instinct: John James Audubon & Contemporary Art juxtaposes Audubon prints with the work of artists who continue this tradition of animal allegories and metaphors in the 21st century.
2020 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards
February 1–March 9, 2020
The Asheville Art Museum is the regional host of the annual Scholastic Art juried competition for students in grades 7–12 from all across WNC.
November 14, 2019–February 3, 2020
Appalachia Now! provides a regional snapshot of the art of our time—a collective survey of contemporary Southern Appalachian culture.
Points of View
November 14, 2019–March 9, 2020
Points of View examines recent gifts to the photography collection and how the donors' interests become self-evident when their gifts are displayed together.
50 Years of Western North Carolina Glass
November 14, 2019–November 2, 2020
This exhibition highlights the beauty of the Moores' decades of collecting foundational artists in the Studio Glass Movement.
Collecting Craft & Recent Gifts
November 14, 2019–March 16, 2020
This gallery presents some of the new treasures to enter the Collection, with a special focus on craft.
In the Midst
March 26-April 30, 2019
POP-UP EXHIBITION: In the Midst: Environmental Imagery from the Asheville Art Museum illustrates the inherent grandeur and beauty of nature as well as the human impact on the environment.
2019 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards
February 4-March 12, 2019
POP-UP EXHIBITION: The Asheville Art Museum is the regional host of the annual Scholastic Art juried competition for students in grades 7-12 from all across WNC.
July 6 - September 18, 2018
Neighbors: Local Work from the Asheville Art Museum features artists living and working in and near Asheville.
Red Hot in the Blue Ridge
May 19 - October 14, 2018
Red Hot in the Blue Ridge features glass from the Museum’s Collection. Glass as an art form emerged in Western North Carolina when several key artists established independent studios in the 1960s and began training students. Since then, the Museum has built its collection of exquisite glass.
Making It New
May 19 - October 14, 2018
As construction work continues on the NEW Asheville Art Museum at 2 S. Pack Square, we are busy planning for our grand re-opening in late summer 2019!
March 10 - May 13, 2018
Edward, Philip, and Matt Moulthrop represent three generations of Southern woodturners whose minimalist works capture the warm beauty and explore the eccentricities of wood. Each artist crafts in his own style, from Ed’s large abstractions to Philip’s experiments with branch “mosaics” and Matt’s glassy finishes that reveal the story of the tree.
March 10 - May 13, 2018
Crafting Abstraction brings together a selection from the Museum’s Permanent Collection that highlights the importance of craft to the development of modernist abstraction in the United States.
2018 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards
January 27-March 4, 2018
The Asheville Art Museum is the regional host of the annual Scholastic Art juried competition for students in grades 7-12 from all across WNC.
October 28, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Every year since 1988, technology entrepreneur and avid collector Peter Norton commissions an artist to create an original work of art that is then produced in multiples and sent to friends and select art institutions.
July 22 - October 22, 2017
Inspired by the Museum’s recent acquisition Home Land, a cutting-edge contemporary basket by Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn, this exhibition explores the connections that southeastern Native artists have to their ancestral homelands.
Hear Our Voice
May 20 - July 16, 2017
Hear Our Voice features a selection of posters organized by The Amplifier, a “visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement.”
Dodge Silver from the Asheville Art Museum
On view through October 16, 2018
Already a young architect educated at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, William Waldo Dodge Jr. learned silversmithing under one of his occupational therapists Margaret Wheeler Robinson, his future wife.
Western North Carolina Pottery from the Asheville Art Museum
April 19, 2017-April 3, 2018
The works in this exhibition are just a small selection from the ceramics collection of the Asheville Art Museum, which consists of over 500 ceramic objects of both utilitarian and sculptural forms.
Western North Carolina Glass from the Asheville Art Museum
April 19, 2017-April 3, 2018
The glassworks seen in this exhibition highlight the creativity and diversity of expression available through this challenging medium, and are but a glance into the Asheville Art Museum’s extensive collection of studio glassworks from regional artists.
Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing
Through Spring 2019
As the Asheville Art Museum is under major construction to build the new Asheville Art Museum in the heart of downtown Asheville, we have installed a series of banners on the fence that surrounds the construction at 2 South Pack Square.
Pop ‘n’ Op
March 18 - May 14, 2017
Popping up at our temporary gallery On the Slope is an exhibition featuring Pop and Op art from the 1960s and 1970s.
Spotlights On the Slope
March 18, 2017 - January 21, 2018
The Spotlight Series brings fresh perspectives to works from the Museum’s Collection.
September 11 - October 30, 2016
Within the Museum’s Permanent Collection are works of art with political content that speak directly to the concerns of our society. This exhibition features artists who make work as a catalyst for dialogue. By addressing political, social and environmental issues, these works aim to effect change in communities and invite visitors to reexamine the world around them.
August 6 - October 30, 2016
Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College provides visitors with the opportunity to explore abstract landscapes and cityscapes created by artists who studied and taught at Black Mountain College between 1933 and 1957.
February 6-July 21, 2016
The founding members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild were almost all women, and many of these women led organizations designed to boost the economic standing of mountain families. As the decades passed, men took more of a role and eventually the leadership.
January 16 - October 31, 2016
Visitors get a glimpse into the day-to-day activities of the Museum’s curatorial department in a new exhibition Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum.
Selections from the Permanent Collection: 140 Years of American Art
September 30, 2013-October 30, 2016
In this exhibition, Museum Curatorial staff examine the Collection from a chronological point of view while highlighting works of great interest. This ongoing installation will allow visitors to chart the evolution of American art from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.
August 22, 2015-January 31, 2016
Over many years, William Wegman has been working on a project he calls Cubism and Other–isms, where with his trademark wry humor he mines art historical precedents to create images of startling beauty.
Heritage & Home
July 18 - October 11, 2015
Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm features approximately 40 images, as well as a selection of historic photos and artifacts, from photographer Ken Abbott’s Hickory Nut Gap Farm Project.
June 27 - December 27, 2015
Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters examines the unique aesthetics and techniques that men bring to a craft long-associated with feminine arts and labor.
From New York to Nebo
May 16 - September 13, 2015
From New York to Nebo is an in-depth study of the life, subjects and style of the “Ashcan artist of Appalachia,” Eugene Healan Thomason (1895–1972).
April 18 - August 16, 2015
Flourish: Selected Jewelry from the Daphne Farago Collection presents contemporary jewelry exemplifying the creativity in this specialized craft. Each diverse work of art speaks to history, ideas, craftsmanship, materials and process.
Jack Tworkov: Beyond Black Mountain
March 27 - June 14, 2015
A founding member of the New York School, Jack Tworkov (1900–1982) is regarded as one of the great American artists of the 20th century.
Keep All You Wish
March 13 - July 12, 2015
Inside or outside his photo studio, Hugh Mangum (1877–1922) created an atmosphere –respectful and often playful – in which hundreds of men, women and children genuinely revealed themselves. Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum features a selection of images of early 20th century Southern society that show personalities as immediate as if they were taken yesterday.
February 14 - April 12, 2015
Since humankind first recorded ochre handprints in ancient caves, the human form has been an inspiration to artists. Go Figure: Faces and Forms draws upon the Museum’s Permanent Collection to show how the body has been interpreted and presented across media and time.
John Heliker: The Order of Things
January 31 - May 2, 2015
John Heliker: The Order of Things charts the career of a significant American artist. Heliker (1909–2000) was an adept draftsman and accomplished painter who developed a highly personal and expressive approach to drawing during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) years.
What You See Is What You See
November 28, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Post-Painterly Abstraction is a term coined by art critic Clement Greenberg in 1964. With this term he noted a move away from the grand gestural abstractions of the first generation of Abstract Expressionist painters.
Mary Frank: Finding My Way Home
September 26, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Over the course of her career, Mary Frank has worked in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and recently encaustic and photography, suggesting that her primary loyalty is not to a particular way of working or to any medium, but rather to the power of direct expression and to the act of creation itself.
X, Y + Z: Dimensions in Sculpture
September 13, 2014 - February 8, 2015
X, Y + Z: Dimensions in Sculpture is an exhibition of contemporary works of art, highlighting a variety of three-dimensional pieces.
Hands, Heart, Mind
September 5, 2014 - January 11, 2015
The Museum is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting our growing Cherokee art collection. The art of the Cherokee represents the longest tradition of art and creativity in Western North Carolina.
Sol LeWitt: Creating Place
August 9, 2014 - October 31, 2016
LeWitt created more than 1,200 wall drawings, both in black and white and in color, that have been viewed by millions of visitors. Wall Drawing #618 is an immersive experience for Museum visitors, creating a very special place.
Community: Sharon Louden
July 19, 2014 - October 31, 2016
The second work in the Museum’s Artworks Project Space, Sharon Louden’s innovative installation Community is a continued conversation based on a series of work that she started in 2013 that traces its path through installation, animation, painting and drawing.
June 28 - September 7, 2014
This important exhibition features more than 30 works by Thrash, including carborundum mezzotints, the process for which he was famous.
June 6 - September 14, 2014
Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction is a retrospective exhibition that features work by award-winning American painter and printmaker Minna Citron (1896–1991).
Farm to Table
May 31 - November 16, 2014
Farm to Table: American Silver highlights different but inter-connected uses of American silver – agricultural awards and table service – as they progressed over the last 150 years.
March 29-July 20, 2014
Ralph Burns has long been recognized as a documentary photographer whose images have captured the diverse and enigmatic nature of ritual and religion, and who has explored the subjective and often defining nature of belief, worship, and culture.
March 15 - August 31, 2014
Take 10: Collectors’ Circle 10th Anniversary celebrates the generosity of the Asheville Art Museum’s Collectors’ Circle, a membership group that encourages the exchange of ideas and interests, art learning, connoisseurship and collecting.
March 15 - June 22, 2014
In 1998, the Museum received a gift of 36 paintings by Pierre Daura. The works were given by the artist’s daughter Martha Daura.
Blueprints: A Collaboration
February 7 - May 25, 2014
Artist Susan Weil, who was a student at Black Mountain College, and photographer José Betancourt began collaborating in 1996, eventually creating a dynamic series of blueprint photographs, or cyanotypes.
January 25 - May 18, 2014
The art world operates within geographic frameworks. Spatial divisions between “inside” and “outside” impact how the art world describes, identifies and validates artists featured within the exhibition, Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place.
Robert and Ingrid Wiegand
January 7 - April 25, 2014
The video works of Robert Wiegand and his first wife, Ingrid, were made in the 1970s when video art was first making an appearance in the art world.
November 2, 2013 - March 9, 2014
Perhaps best known today for depictions of men on Wall Street, American contemporary artist Ben Aronson also creates eloquently expressive cityscapes.
October 12-March 16, 2014
Gathered in part from the Museum’s Collection, this exhibition presents a selection of prints by German-born artist and educator Josef Albers (1888–1976) from the portfolios Interaction of Color (1963) and Formulation: Articulation (1972).
Rebels With a Cause
September 28, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Rebels With a Cause presents selected paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Huntsville Museum of Art’s recently acquired Sellars Collection of Art by American Women.
A Sense of Balance
April 13-September 1, 2013
Stoney Lamar’s sculpture is created primarily through a unique approach to multi-axial lathe work, giving his pieces a distinct sense of line and movement unlike other works of turned wood.