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Asheville Art Museum to celebrate grand opening
Sunday, 03 November 2019 13:40

From Staff Reports

The newly renovated and expanded Asheville Art Museum, touted in a press release as “the hub for 20th- and 21st-century American art in Western North Carolina,” will open to the public 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14 at 2 S. Pack Square in downtown Asheville.

“The $24 million-plus, state-of-the-art facility encompasses 54,000 square feet and adds 70 percent more collection gallery space,” the museum press release stated.

“For the first time in the museum’s history, it has the capacity to host major traveling exhibitions from nationally recognized museums. 

“The expansion increases its physical space and dramatically increases its role as a community center, educational resource, economic engine for WNC (Western North Carolina), and cultural concierge for the region’s residents and visitors.”

Regarding the facility, museum Executive Director Pamela L. Myers stated in the press release,  “The new Asheville Art Museum is a warm and welcoming space on a personal level.

“It’s a space designed for people to come together and be inspired in an art-filled, open environment with all the amenities to make them feel comfortable,” Myers added.

Working with local general contractor Beverly-Grant, local architecture firm ARCA Design, and New York-based architectural firm Ennead Architects, the project consisted of three main components:

• The historic preservation of the Museum’s current North Wing (formerly the 1926 Pack Library) to house the new John & Robyn Horn Education Center and Frances Mulhall Achilles Art Library.

• Renovation and new construction of the East Wing including two special exhibition halls (Appleby Foundation Hall and Explore Asheville Hall) and more Collection storage.

• Entirely new construction of the West Wing with a stunning glass façade.

Among the features of the new museum are a rooftop sculpture terrace and Perspective Café offering what are billed in the press release as “gorgeous mountain views.”

“The Oculus, a 15-foot viewing window in the SECU Collection Hall affords unmatched immersive city views and a place for reflection,” the press release noted.


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