Member News: November + December 2018

Making It New

We closed our Gallery On the Slope on October 14, and we are busy packing artwork and equipment at 175 Biltmore Avenue to prepare for the move into our new facility at 2 South Pack Square. Staff will continue to be on-site On the Slope as we pack up, so please visit our website or sign up for our e-newsletter to keep updated about Museum Store hours and sales we’ll hold before we leave the space.

Making It Yours

The Museum was recently awarded a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation in support of Connections, a new arts-based program serving adults with mild to moderate memory loss living in Western North Carolina.

When the Museum reopens its renovated and expanded facility in spring 2019, Connections will take place monthly. Specially trained Museum staff and volunteers will lead groups of adults with memory loss and their care partners in a guided gallery experience that invites conversation about artworks in the Collection and special exhibitions. Participants will then engage in a related artmaking or other multisensory activity in the studio or galleries, which allows for further engagement and socialization. Over the past two years, the Museum has been working with community partners to pilot and assess aspects of Connections at our pop-up location On the Slope.

Connections is based on the demonstrated efficacy of similar programs taking place in art museums in the United States and around the world that address the need for community gatherings and safe spaces to stimulate the minds of adults with mild to moderate memory loss. Studies show that art therapy can enhance communication, brain function, and social interaction
for people living with dementia. In fact, visual art can trigger dormant memories and emotions, inspiring conversations among patients who normally struggle to express themselves.

For more information about Connections, or to be added to our email list, please contact Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager, at or 828.253.3227 x122.


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Art on View in the Community

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Asheville
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.

State Employees’ Credit Union Branches
Works from our Collection that have a special connection to our region are popping up at SECU branches in our community.
The James Goode Collection from the Asheville Art Museum
Looking Through: Glass from the Asheville Art Museum
Interwoven: Contemporary Baskets from the Asheville Art Museum

Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center
We are excited to have the following works on view at WCU in Cullowhee: George Peterson’s Spiral, Hoss Haley’s Cycle, and Lonnie Holley’s For Every Woman I Have Seen Parts of Africa’s Dream in Her Honor.


Adult Programs

Art Breaks
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
at 175 Biltmore Ave. unless otherwise noted

In the Midst
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Asheville

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing
2 S. Pack Square

Looking Through
State Employees’ Credit Union, Weaverville

Discussion Bound
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville)

Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? by Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi

Looking at Mindfulness: Twenty-Five Paintings to Change the Way You Live by Christophe André


Pianoforte with Koeun Grace Lee
NOVEMBER 11 — 3pm
Museum and UUCA Members: $8 + tax ($7 children)
Non-members: $16 + tax ($15 children)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville

School and Family Programs

Storytime + Art
We have a number of Storytime + Art programs this fall at community libraries! Learn more


Save the date for the Asheville Art Museum’s popular event TOAST Asheville – a sampling of drink, food,
silent auction, music, and dancing. This year, we are excited to partner with Burial Beer Co. for this annual benefit. TOAST
will be held at Forestry Camp, opening this winter.  Stay tuned!


Last Chance for Current Rates!

Member rates and benefits will increase beginning January 1 as we approach the reopening of the new Museum. Take advantage of our Last Chance opportunity through December 31, 2018 to purchase or renew your membership at current rates. Be a part of the excitement of our grand reopening, and during the transition all members continue to enjoy discounted Museum event tickets and free admission to more than 180 museums throughout the Southeast through participation in the Southeast Reciprocal Museum Program. Visit to join or renew today.