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2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801 United States

Film and New Media in Appalachia Now!

The new media works in Appalachia Now! vary in subject matter and presentation—from permanent records of performance pieces, a visual interpretation of poetry, to a…

Early Bird Yoga

Register by January 15 to help meet minimum enrollment.

Points of View: Recent Gifts to the Photography Collection

Today’s Art Break is led by Whitney Richardson, assistant curator.

Work Session

Artist Andrew Scott Ross continues to evolve his installation in our special exhibition Appalachia Now! Visitors are invited to observe and interact with the artist at…

Appalachia Now!

Today’s public tour is led by Lin Andrews, master docent.

Tot Time

Come discover the art of play in the Museum’s studio and Art PLAYce!

Luke Haynes, [The American Context #16] Christina’s World, 2012, used clothing, new fabric, cotton batting, and thread on fabric, 110 × 90 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2015 Collectors' Circle, 2015.28. © Luke Haynes.

Intersections in American Art

Today’s public tour is led by Hank Bovee, touring docent.

Dorothy Hafner, Kyoto Homage tea set, 1980, porcelain, slip cast, engobe decoration, clear cover glaze; teapot: 8 ½ × 10 ¼ × 4 ¼ inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2018 Collectors’ Circle Members Nancy Crosby and Fran Myers.

Second Saturday

3D Functional Art This month we’ll visit the galleries looking at examples of functional art (artworks that serve a purpose or do a job) before…

Baby & Me

Appalachia Now! This month we’ll visit works in our opening exhibition Appalachia Now! and discuss trends in contemporary southern Appalachian art.

Artful Adventures

All About Color This month we’ll visit artworks that feature pops of color. We’ll identify colors and color groups while using our detective skills to…

Artful Adventures

All About Color This month we’ll visit artworks that feature pops of color. We’ll identify colors and color groups while using our detective skills to…

Holiday Arts Extravaganza

Let art turn your child’s holiday into an adventure to remember. Join us for one or both afternoons of art-filled fun. Students in grades 1–4…

Holiday Arts Extravaganza

Let art turn your child’s holiday into an adventure to remember. Join us for one or both afternoons of art-filled fun. Students in grades 1–4…

Hans Hofmann, Untitled, 1948, gouache on gray paper, 7 × 14 inches. Partial gift of Patricia Poteat & David Moltke-Hansen and Museum purchase with additional funds by Ray Griffin & Thom Robinson, 2010.36.02.23. © Hans Hofmann Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Discovering Art

Today’s public tour is led by Doris Potash, master docent.

Appalachia Now!

Today’s public tour is led by Hank Bovee, touring docent.

Early Bird Yoga

December is a month when communities and families come together to celebrate traditions, culture, and love. Join us at Early Bird Yoga to build community…

Collecting Craft & Recent Gifts

Today’s Art Break is led by Whitney Richardson, assistant curator.

Landscapes

Today’s tour is led by Doris Potash, master docent.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.372), circa 1954, iron wire, 30 × 24 × 24 inches. Black Mountain College Collection, gift of Lorna Blaine Halper, 2007.27.09.33. © Estate of Ruth Asawa

Intersections in American Art

Today’s public tour is led by Doris Potash, master docent.

All About Color!

Join us for the debut of this new program for families! This month we’ll visit the galleries looking for pops of color, before heading to…

Appalachia Now!

Today’s Art Break is led by Melissa Terrezza Pace, artist.

Revolve Now: An Evening of Performance

Organized by REVOLVE program director and Appalachia Now! artist Colby Caldwell, Revolve Now is a three-hour evening of sound, performance, movement, and spoken-word vignettes. Performers—stationed…

Tot Time

Come discover the art of play in the Museum’s studio and Art PLAYce!

Discovering Art: All About Color

Join us for the debut of this new family program! This month we’ll visit artworks that focus on the element of color to discuss and…

Abstract Modern Quilts

In this afternoon program, artist Kelly Spell surveys her fluid and impromptu approach to making quilts. Using slides, original quilts, and quiltmaking books, Spell takes…

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Join us for the debut of this new family program! This month we’ll visit artworks that feature animals of all kinds. We’ll mimick their sounds…

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Join us for the debut of this new family program! This month we’ll visit artworks that feature animals of all kinds. We’ll mimick their sounds…

Whitfield Lovell, One of These Days, 2006, charcoal and china on wood, 84 × 37 × 4 ½ inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2007 Collectors’ Circle with additional funds provided by Phillip Broughton & David Smith, 2007.33.01.29. © Whitfield Lovell

African American Art in the Collection: New Research

Today’s Art Break, one of a two-part series, is led by UNC Asheville students.

Composite Portraits

Ursula Gullow returns to the Museum this fall for two onsite portrait sessions, working with visitors to create portrait composites which will be added to her evolving work in Appalachia Now!

Museum Store Sunday

On Sunday, December 1, for the third consecutive year, more than 1,200 museum stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 18 countries, and five…

Appalachia Now!

Today’s public tour is led by Kennon Webber, touring docent.

Museum Store Sunday

On Sunday, December 1, for the third consecutive year, more than 1,200 museum stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 18 countries, and five…

Judy Pfaff, …wind-deer and the honey-grass…

Discovering Art

Today’s public tour is led by Kennon Webber, touring docent.

Experimental Drawing

Work with traditional and non-traditional materials, methods, and tools, and enjoy exploring an expanded definition of drawing and its limitless potential.

Whitfield Lovell, One of These Days, 2006, charcoal and china on wood, 84 × 37 × 4 ½ inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2007 Collectors’ Circle with additional funds provided by Phillip Broughton & David Smith, 2007.33.01.29. © Whitfield Lovell

African American Art in the Collection: New Research

Today’s Art Break, one of a two-part series, is led by UNC Asheville students.

Composite Portraits

Ursula Gullow returns to the Museum this fall for two onsite portrait sessions, working with visitors to create portrait composites which will be added to her evolving work in Appalachia Now!

Roger Brown, Plants That Glo in The Dark Tra-La, 1986, oil and phosphorescent paint on canvas, 48 × 72 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by The Chaddick Foundation, 2006 Collectors' Circle, Mary Powell, R.K. Benites & Dr. Michael J. Teaford, and Delphia Allen Lamberson, 2007.08.20. © Roger Brown Study Collection.

Journey to Abstraction

Today’s program is led by Lin Andrews, master docent & Lydia See, artist.

Amid Rugged Mountains

Join us for an evening program featuring Asheville School’s Handbell Ensemble and Chorale. Musical selections include shape-note hymn tunes from William Walker’s Southern Harmony. The…

After-Hours Party

Enjoy entertainment, drinks, and light bites as you dance the night away in the new, art-filled Windgate Foundation Atrium!

Family Art Party

Join us for our first Family Art Party in the new Museum! Join Education staff in our brand-new John & Robyn Horn Education Center for…

Early Bird Yoga

Join us for the debut of this new program for families! In harmony with the Museum’s opening, this month we’ll open our hearts to new…

Drawing Journey Journals

In this four-part class, travel the Museum’s galleries, drawing as you go in handmade journals with watercolor pencils; then, transform your sketches into paint in the Studio.

50 Years of Western North Carolina Glass

Today’s Art Break is led by Whitney Richardson, assistant curator.

Markers on the Trail

Appalachia Now! artist Clarissa Sligh and special guest Kimberly Purser perform a reading of excerpts from Sligh’s artists’ books: Transforming Hate: An Artist’s Book (2016)…

Appalachia Now!

Today’s public tour is led by Jennine Hough, touring docent.

Opening Day

Come explore the Museum on its first official full day open to the public! Regular Museum admission rates and hours apply. The Museum is always…

Ribbon-Cutting & Public Preview

1pm Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Join us for a short ceremony celebrating the grand reopening of the Asheville Art Museum. Executive Director Pamela L. Myers will share…

Members-Only Preview

Members of all levels are invited to this special preview. You will have the opportunity to tour the new state-of-the-art facility and view the inaugural…

Grand Opening Celebration

**GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION IS SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!** For this grand opening celebration, guests will enjoy an exclusive preview of the building and its inaugural…

Upper-Level Members-Only Preview

The Museum invites Members at the Patron Level and above to attend this FREE preview of the Asheville Art Museum and its inaugural exhibitions. Enjoy…

Image of the Asheville Art Museum lit up at night.

*FULL* Asheville, Appalachia, and Our World-Class Art Museum

This class is full. For more information, call 828.251.6140. OCTOBER 18, 25, NOVEMBER 1 & 8—Fridays, 2–4pm Meet the new Asheville Art Museum! Founded in…

*FULL* Make It Happen: Reflections on Unity

This Art Break is full. To add your name to our waiting list, please call 828.253.3227 x122. Make It Happen! Series As we install artworks…

Museum offices closed

The Museum’s offices will be closed Monday, September 2. Happy Labor Day!

*SOLD OUT* Let’s Build (Grades 3-5)

Week 7 | August 5–9 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

*SOLD OUT* Paper Possibilities (Grades 3-5)

Week 7 | August 5–9 | Morning (9am-12pm)

*SOLD OUT* Mixed-Media Madness (Grades K-2)

Week 6 | July 29–August 2 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

*SOLD OUT* Art Explorers (Grades K-2)

Week 6 | July 29–August 2 | Morning (9am-12pm)

*FULL* Make It Happen: Pin River—French Broad River

This Art Break is full. To add your name to the waiting list, please call 828.253.3227 x122. Make It Happen! Series As we install artworks…

*SOLD OUT* Drawing + Painting (Grades 9-12)

Week 5 | July 22–26 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

Romare Bearden, Sunset Express, 1984, collage on panel, 12 ⅝ × 14 inches. Museum purchase, 1985.04.1.29. © The Romare Bearden Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

*SOLD OUT* Experimenting with Mixed Media (Grades 9-12)

Week 5 | July 22–26 | Morning (9am-12pm)

*SOLD OUT* Playful Painting (Grades K-2)

Week 4 | July 15–19 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

Minnie Evans, Untitled, not dated, colored pencil on brown paper, 11 ¾ × 9 inches. Gift of Randy Siegel, 2012.08.42.

*SOLD OUT* Mixed-Up + Messy (Grades K-2)

Week 4 | July 15–19 | Morning (9am-12pm)

*SOLD OUT* Drawing + Painting the Self (Grades 6-8)

Week 3 | July 8–12 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

*SOLD OUT* Printing + Mixed Media (Grades 6-8)

Week 3 | July 8–12 | Morning (9am-12pm)

Museum offices closed

The Museum’s offices are closed Thursday, July 4. Happy Independence Day!

*SOLD OUT* Recycled Art (Grades 3-5)

Week 2 | June 24–28 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

*SOLD OUT* Art Safari (Grades 3-5)

Week 2 | June 24–28 | Morning (9am-12pm)

*FULL* Make It Happen: Composite Portraits

Today’s Art Break features a discussion, Q&A, and demonstration with Appalachia Now! artist Ursula Gullow. Some participants will sit for a portrait with Gullow as part of the demonstration.

*SOLD OUT* Mini Masters (Grades K-2)

Week 1 | June 17–21 | Afternoon (1-4pm)

*SOLD OUT* Crazy About Color (Grades K-2)

Week 1 | June 17-21 | Morning (9am-12pm)

*FULL* Make It Happen: My Big Black America

Full: To add your name to our waiting list, please call 828.253.3227 x122. Make It Happen! Series As we install artworks in the Museum’s plaza,…

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Permanent Collection | Art Banners on Construction Fencing

Meet at Museum construction site, near Thomas Wolfe Memorial Angel statue in front of Museum’s North Wing, outside of construction fence; weather permitting.

Coloring Lorna Halper

Let go of your grown-up stress, and tap into your inner child! Join us at this year’s LEAF Downtown AVL family festival for an all-ages…

“Make It Yours” Closing Weekend Celebration!

To celebrate the temporary closing of our 2 S. Pack Square location while it goes under construction, as well as move to our new pop-up…

“Make It Yours” Closing Weekend Celebration!

To celebrate the temporary closing of our 2 S. Pack Square location while it goes under construction, as well as move to our new pop-up…

“Make It Yours” Closing Weekend Celebration!

To celebrate the temporary closing of our 2 S. Pack Square location while it goes under construction, as well as move to our new pop-up…

Webinar Watch + Talk: Museums + Internships

Recent surveys of training and hiring practices in the cultural sector have pinpointed internship programs as key sites of possibility for developing the future workforce.…

Early-Mid 20th-Century American Ceramics

Today’s Art Break is led by Joshua Gardner, Curatorial Intern.

Tot Time

Come discover the art of play in our interactive Art PLAYce for children! This monthly program for preschool-aged children accompanied by an adult occurs on the…

Home-School Program

CANCELLED Drawing from Life: The Human Figure

For centuries, artists have perfected their skills in capturing the human form by sketching models. Quick drawing helps artists to trust their eyes rather than…

A photo of the installation.

Community: Spoken Word Performance

At our last First Friday in the “old Museum,” students from Asheville School perform music and original poetry in response to Community: Sharon Louden.

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what is art for 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond…

First Friday Art Walk | Exhibition Reception

It’s a busy First Friday this month! In addition to our film screening and spoken word performance, we are hosting a reception for Creating Change: Political…

Make It Speak: Stories from the Vault

As we undertake the processes of inventory, packing, and moving before our expansion, staff members are making new discoveries about the Museum’s collection every day.…

Urban Loft + Art Tour 2016

The Asheville Art Museum invites you to privately tour Downtown Asheville’s most stunning art-filled lofts and impressive architecture during the Urban Loft + Art Tour…

The facade of the Asheville Art Museum in 2013.

Free Admission Wednesday 3–5pm

On the first Wednesday of each month, we offer free admission from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come explore our galleries!

Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection

Today’s Art Break is led by Dr. Kenneth Betsalel, Professor of Political Science, UNC Asheville + Carolyn Grosch, Associate Curator.