Visiting Artist Program

The City of Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission is excited to announce a call for entries to support a new partnership:

2018 Visiting Artist Program

This inaugural year of the Visiting Artist Program will support the community’s creation of memorable places, the promotion of Asheville’s African American history, and participation by the local community in diverse acts of cultural expression.


Photos, left to right: Community engagement at the painting of the Triangle Park Mural; craftsmanship of master mason James Vester Miller; celebrants at the Goombay Festival


The Visiting Artist will be chosen through a competitive process. Artists who are interested in the program should note that the deadline to apply is April 27, 2018 at 5 p.m. The call for entries is currently up on the City of Asheville’s bid page and on the CaFE website.

The 2018 partnership is funded by the City’s Percent for Public Art Policy, sponsored by the Public Art and Cultural Commission, and being guided by a leadership team of artists, arts and culture educators, activists, and promoters including:

Darin Waters
Brent Skidmore
Viola Spells
Ron Laboray
Katie Cornell

Steph Monson Dahl
Shirley Whitesides
Jay Miller
Michael Carter
Sheneika Smith

The leadership team is seeking additional partnerships with the community. We’d like to connect with others that have similar projects underway, and we are interested in talking to potential sponsors who can help increase the quality of the community's involvement in this project.

For more information contact:

Steph Monson Dahl
City of Asheville Strategic Development Director