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Asheville Art Museum

Engaging, enlightening, and inspiring individuals and enriching community through dynamic experiences in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing lifelong opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts. The new Museum, opened in November 2019, serves as a cultural, educational, and architectural anchor in the center of downtown Asheville.

The Museum’s Collection explores 20th- and 21st-century American art with works that illustrate American aesthetic and cultural development. The Collection also preserves the artistic traditions of the Southern Appalachian region, reflects the unique combination of cultures in Western North Carolina, and explores the mutual influence of Southern Appalachia on American art. The Museum acknowledges that it is situated upon the ancient, Southern Appalachian ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Tribe and that this region is still the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians today. The Asheville Art Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

To view our full exhibition calendar, visit ashevilleart.org.

Modernist Design at Black Mountain College
October 22, 2021–January 24, 2022
The experiment known as Black Mountain College (BMC) began in 1933 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This exhibition will feature works of design from the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection by Black Mountain College artists including Anni Albers, Josef Albers, A. Lawrence Kocher, Buckminster Fuller, Karen Karnes, Robert Turner, Mary “Molly” Gregory, Ruth Asawa, Albert Lanier, Mim Sihvonen, and more.

A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art
November 19, 2021–March 14, 2022
Featuring over 50 works of art in a variety of media by 30+ Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Cherokee Nation artists, this exhibition highlights the use of the written Cherokee language, a syllabary developed by Cherokee innovator Sequoyah (circa 1776–1843). Cherokee syllabary is frequently found in the work of Cherokee artists as a compositional element or the subject matter of the work itself.