The Museum Shop features the fine wares of regional and local artists, and includes a diverse array of specialty gift items, household decorations, art books, children’s books, toys and games, jewelry, textiles and much more. Open during regular Museum visiting hours, the Shop is always free of admission charge.
Great news! The Asheville Art Museum doubled in size in 2012. Check out their impressive contemporary American art collection in the heart of downtown by Pack Square Park, with an exciting, inviting and active schedule of contemporary exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art.
The added space is called Art works PRIMED, the Museum’s interim expansion project. This project entails the renovation and relocation of the Museum Shop and Visitor Services center, as well as the addition of exhibition galleries, hands-on, interactive Art PLAYce for children, a dedicated new media exhibition gallery and an artist project space for site specific art installations. The New Media Gallery, including video, new media installation and creative use of computers and communication technology, is the first of its kind in WNC. The Artworks Project Space showcases site-specific, original installations by significant artists.
Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.
The Asheville Art Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM–5 PM and Sunday from 1–5 PM.
The Museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, students with ID and for children ages 4-17 (children age three and younger are admitted free). Members are admitted free to the Museum. The Museum is open free of charge on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month from 3-5 PM (with the exception of holidays listed above that fall on a Wednesday).
Left: Hoss Haley, Cycle, 2012, recycled enameled steel
The Asheville Art Museum shares part of their ever-growing permanent collection online. The database, which will be periodically updated, allows for perusal and research of the collection from your desktop. They also showcase special exhibitions in more depth sometimes in database form. Over time they will be adding more works from their Collection of over 2000 objects and 4000 architectural drawings.
Street address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville. Phone: 828.253.3227
Go to the Asheville Art Museum Web site for more.