Dear friends of the Museum,
This fall we saw a slow but steady return to limited in-person programs for all ages, and our attendance held steady. Our visitors are passionate about the power of experiencing art again and sharing inspiring experiences with friends and family. If it was not clear before the pandemic, the recognition of the arts as a critical piece to the vigor and recovery of our city has grown over the past two years. Now is the time to recommit to the arts in our community; the arts, along with the beautiful environment, are one of Asheville’s most defining qualities and have long attracted people from all over the country and world.
Visitors to the Asheville Art Museum are now enjoying several exhibitions including A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art, the dynamic result of a long collaboration with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, which highlights the work of 30 outstanding contemporary Eastern Band Cherokee Indians and Cherokee Nation. The companion exhibition Ruminations on Memory explores works in the Collection and new acquisitions. Likewise, Modernist Design at Black Mountain College and Gestures: Mid Century Abstraction from the Collection reveal new ideas and provide much food for thought.
Next year’s exhibitions and programs will showcase the outstanding diversity and richness of American art from the turn of the century to the present in all media. From The Wyeths: Three Generations | Works from the Bank of America Collection, to American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection and programs for all, we look forward to seeing you here repeatedly. I hope that you will also share the Museum with others and consider giving gifts of membership to friends and family this season. Asheville Art Museum membership is a gift that gives all year long.
As we begin to rebuild our operations back to pre-pandemic levels, I am also reaching out today to ask you to consider a year-end gift to our annual fund . A gift of any amount will contribute to our recovery and help sustain our future.
Thank you for your support at this critical time of renewal and recovery. We cannot do it without you.
Pamela L. Myers