Support from the community and our many members, volunteers and donors allows us to continually provide programming, educational opportunities, transformative exhibitions and constant inspiration to all.

During our Live Auction you will have the opportunity to participate in our Fund-the-Need Lot, presented as the final auction item of the evening. For this lot we encourage you to raise your paddle at the level/s of your choice and give a gift that will help support keeping art vibrant, now and in future generations!

NEW This Year!
The Asheville Art Museum will present the Highest Fund a Need Bidder with a gift certificate for a
Private Tour with Wine and Cheese for 8 at the New Museum
Led by Executive Director, Pamela L. Myers

You don’t have to wait to bid!
Donate to our 2018 Gala Fund-The-Need Lot

All contributions to this lot are fully tax deductible.

Art provides endless opportunities to educate and engage people of all ages and backgrounds. We encourage you to join us as we work to foster artistic talent and a desire to discover and explore American art of the 20th and 21st centuries through our exhibitions and diverse education programs.

The Museum is at a truly transformative moment in its nearly 70-year history. With our new facility fast taking shape on Pack Square, the Museum is connecting with our community more than ever. Over the past year, the Museum has been actively working with partners across Western North Carolina and reaching to grow new audiences, identify unmet needs, and build relationships. With greatly expanding education programming, community outreach, pop-up exhibitions, the vibrant On the Slope base of operations and more, the Museum is thrilled to have already reached over 200,000 participants this year alone.

Our exhibitions on the Slope and throughout the community, along with the vibrant array of ongoing programming, have kept the Museum an active center of inspiration and education during construction. The Museum is also preparing for an extraordinary year ahead. Museum staff, along with a host of volunteers, project members, the Trustees and more, are hard at work planning for the inaugural exhibitions in our new building: a view of American Art  from the 19th to the 21st centuries through an exploration of the Museum’s Collection; and a showcase of contemporary Southern Appalachia artists in Appalachia Now!. The team is also working on Making It New across all areas of endeavor, including education initiatives and outreach, communications and website projects, membership programs, and more.

During our Live Auction you will have the opportunity to participate in our Fund-the-Need Lot, presented as the final auction item of the evening. Below we have highlighted a few ways your donation allows us to continue providing opportunities for education, inspiration, and conversation. As we work together to transform lives through art, we invite you to raise your paddle at the level of your choice and give a gift that will support the Museum’s dedication to our vibrant art community. All contributions to Fund-the-Need are fully tax-deductible.

Engaging and Educating by:

  • Supporting the development of world-class exhibitions of both national and regional artists, including the reinstallation of the Permanent Collection and Appalachia Now! for the re-opening of the new Museum
  • Sharing our Collection with our regional community through pop-up exhibitions and with broader audiences through traveling exhibitions and loans to other museums
  • Conservation: Keeping the works in our collection safe right now and for the next 100 years
  • Online access to the Collection; viewing your favorites online and helping our Collection reach audiences around the world
  • Working with emerging and established artists in the Western North Carolina and South Appalachia region through exhibitions, programs, publications, and the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards.
  • Supplying the Tot Time and Early Childhood outreach program with art-making materials for toddlers, young children and their caregivers.
  • Free Family Days for the community with fun art-making activities for all ages.
  • Supporting enriching, engaging and meaningful internship programs for students, from high school to graduate school
  • Fostering art appreciation and connoisseurship for tomorrow’s collectors and museum members
  • Offering enriching and engaging programs for adults with projects and topics based on works from our Collection and special exhibitions
  • Launching new initiatives, such as the Museum’s Connections program, which is focused on people living with dementia and their caregivers



25% of proceeds will go to the Museum for its Fund-the-Need Lot!

Yanka Kostova is a visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing, based in Brooklyn, New York and Asheville, North Carolina. She is an alum of Carolina Day School and Interlochen Arts Academy, and has studied under Professor Lara Nguyen at Warren Wilson College. She currently studies painting in the BFA program at Pratt Institute and is the recipient of multiple Scholastic awards and a Presidential Merit-Based Scholarship, as well as a nominee for the Pratt Foundation Merit Scholarship Award.

The Museum was thrilled to have Kostova’s work on view in its 2016 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition. Kostova was the recipient of a Scholastic Gold Key award and an American Vision Award nomination.

Yanka Kostova, Bird on a Wire, 2016, graphite on paper, 17 in x 14 inches.