Dear friends of the Museum,
Autumn is a beautiful time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina. We’re lucky we don’t have to travel to enjoy the splendor of the season. You don’t have to go far for amazing art, exhibitions, or exhilarating programs, either. The Museum team has an extraordinary lineup for you. It begins this month with Modernist Design at Black Mountain College and Gestures: Mid-Century Abstraction from the Collection, both exhibitions opening with a Members-Only Preview on October 21, 2021.
In November, A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art and Ruminations on Memory showcase over 50 works of contemporary art in a variety of media by more than 30 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Cherokee Nation artists, developed in partnership between the Asheville Art Museum and Museum of the Cherokee Indian, alongside important recent acquisitions including Robert Rauschenberg’s Ruminations portfolio, Judy Chicago’s Retrospective in a Box portfolio, and selections from the Museum’s Collection, exploring remembrance and reflection.
With the pandemic still very present in our lives, the Museum is a safe place to visit. Our extraordinary capital investment in state-of-the art heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and our spacious galleries, studios, rooftop, and Perspective Café offer respite and rejuvenation; we do hope that you‘ll spend time with us. Museum programs this fall will be offered in both in-person settings and virtually. The array of opportunities for visitors of all ages to volunteer, create, learn, and be inspired is truly amazing.
All of this wouldn’t be possible without your support. I invite you to participate in our annual fund this year, even if you haven’t given in the past. The annual fund is one very important way that you can keep your Museum vibrant and ensure that the programs most important to you and your family continue.
On another note, we’d hoped to host our Gala this November, celebrating the anniversary of our debut in November 2019 with a re-opening series of events. With abundant caution, we’ve moved the date to May 21, 2022. Please mark your calendar and save the date. The Gala committee is working hard and would love for you to volunteer, bringing your creativity and energy to crafting these celebrations. Please let me know if you can join them.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Pamela L. Myers