Arts in Asheville

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After being runner-up for several years, Asheville has been voted the #1 small city for the Arts by American Style magazine. Take a stroll around town and it is easy to understand why. Our beautiful Art Deco buildings are works of art, especially City Hall, the Jackson Building and the S&W Cafeteria. Such developments as the recently completed Pack Square Park, artist-designed wayfinding signage and burgeoning farm-to-table restaurant scene, prompted the article’s writer to say our city is experiencing a “modern renaissance.”


Sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association, galleries stay open late on select Friday evenings. This is a delightful way to spend an evening strolling the downtown streets and soaking in incredible art. For dates of upcoming walks, click here.  Also of note is the Asheville Art Museum, which hosts traveling and permanent exhibitions of 20th and 21st century American art, and significant works indicative of Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage.


My favorite way to explore the city is by walking the Urban Trail and enjoying 30 stations of bronze sculpture created by mostly local artists. You begin your journey in the heart of downtown at Pack Place, where you can get a free map. I recommend getting the audio tour as well.


Visit working studios and see some of Asheville’s most talented artists. This eclectic group of studios comes alive during their June & November studio stroll. My favorites include Wendy Whitson and Constance Williams.