May 5, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack square in down town Asheville NC.

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, May 6, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pay-as-you-wish admission

On the first Friday of each month from April through December, the Museum extends its hours and offers pay-as-you-wish admission from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. as part of the Downtown Asheville Art District’s First Friday Art Walks.

More Than Math: FREE Professional Development for Math Teachers
Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Teachers of Grades 7–8
Free (registration required)

More Than Math integrates the visual arts into problem-based mathematics units developed for grades 3 through 8, drawn from the context of works of art in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. For more information or to register, click here or call 828.253.3227, ext. 124.

Home School Program
Tuesday, May 10, 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
$4 per student
For Students in Grades 1–4

The Asheville Art Museum presents a home-school program on the second Tuesday of each month. Each 90-minute session includes a guided tour of the Museum’s Permanent Collection or a special exhibition, plus a hands-on activity in the Museum’s studio. Museum admission for students and all materials necessary are included in the cost. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, click here or contact Sharon McRorie at 828.253.3227, ext. 124.

Discussion Bound
Why a Painting Is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art by Nancy G. Heller
Tuesday, May 10, 12:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

The first time she made a pizza from scratch, art historian Nancy Heller made the observation that led her to write this entertaining guide to contemporary art. Comparing modern art not only to pizzas but also to traditional and children’s art, Heller shows us how we can refine analytical tools we already possess to understand and enjoy even the most unfamiliar paintings and sculptures. For more information, click here.

Tot Time
Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission (children under 5 always free)

Come discover the art of play in our interactive Art PLAYce! Art PLAYce is open daily, but each month we will feature a fun activity designed especially for our young visitors plus time to explore the Museum galleries.

International Museum Day
Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission to Museum

Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is organized on May 18. From America to Oceania and from Africa and Europe to Asia, this year’s event celebrates the theme, Museums and Cultural Landscapes. Institutions around the world open their doors and organize programs that explore how museums are responsible for their landscapes – both inside or outside their walls, and both physical and cultural – by contributing knowledge and taking an active role in their management and upkeep.

To celebrate, the Museum is hosting the following FREE events on that day:
Art Break: Stories From the Vault, 12:00 p.m.
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. In this series, curators, educators and special guests tell tales of connoisseurship, conservation, collecting and conundrums as we delve into the recesses of our storage vaults.

Family Open Studio, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Take a break from viewing the Museum’s exhibitions during International Museum Day and join us in the studio for family-friendly, hands-on art activities!

Make It Yours Listening Session, 3:00 p.m.
Come one, come all: Make your voice heard! We invite YOU to participate in the creation of the new Asheville Art Museum. The Museum is excited to have begun a major renovation and construction project that will transform our space and programs. Join us for a preview of the new Museum, an update on construction and give us feedback on areas of growth, opportunity and sustainability. We want to hear from our community as we prepare for our grand reopening in 2018! Light refreshments are provided. For more information, call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

photo courtesy of Asheville Art Museum
Up for Discussion – The Creative Use of Industrial Processes for Artists
Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Museum and SNAG Members: $35
Non-members: $45

In this interactive artist talk, discover a portfolio of examples of how clever artists utilize industrial resources such as casting, commercial photo-etching, water jet and laser cutting, spinning and rapid prototyping to help make both one-of-a-kind and production objects. Click here for more information and to register, or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

Kate Clayton(Granny) Donaldson Cow Blanket, wool 

Art Break
Tryon Toy Makers: The Art and Craft of Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale
Friday, May 20, 12:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

For this Art Break, Bruce Johnson, Director of the National Arts and Crafts Conference, will lead the discussion. This event is held in conjunction with Appalachian Innovators: Women in the Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1930-2000.

Workshop Series: Make It Last
How to Research Your Artwork
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Member: $20 per workshop
Non-member: $30 per workshop

Every artwork comes with its own set of mysteries: Who made it? Where did it come from? Whom was it for? Who owned it since its creation? The answers to these questions not only establish a history of ownership, but they also often tell fascinating tales about unique works of art. Learn about how to use print resources, online databases, art appraisal and connoisseurship to discover more about any artwork. 
Speakers include:
  • Brandy Bourne, Public Services Librarian, Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville
  • Carolyn Grosch, Assistant Curator, Asheville Art Museum
  • Lise Johnson, Associate Appraiser, Campbell Fine Art
  • Leisa Rundquist, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair, UNC Asheville
For more information and to register, click here or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

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