Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell names Rachel Wood as Assistant City Manager

    After a national search, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Rachel Wood will become Asheville’s next Assistant City Manager. Her first day on the job will be January 24.   Wood comes to the City of Asheville from Denton, Texas, where she has served in a number of roles, most recently as Deputy Director [...]

Giant animatronic sculpture to go on display in Asheville’s South Slope

  Acclaimed work was engineered, sculpted and fabricated by an interdisciplinary UNC Asheville team     Republished from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina   Wake, Mel Chin’s giant animatronic sculpture, installed in New York City’s Times Square last summer, will be on view from March 15 to Sept. 7 at 44 Collier Ave., in Asheville’s South Slope.   Chin, a WNC-based conceptual artist, [...]

Local artists selected for Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art (CAAPA)

  The City of Asheville and Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art (CAAPA) are pleased to announce the selection of two local artists — Joseph Pearson, a mural artist and Phyllis Utley, a literary artist —  to work alongside Art Ecologie. Their collaborative artwork will be installed at the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Eagle Street [...]

Urban Trail marker installed to recognize Rafael Guastavino and the Basilica of St. Lawrence 

    A new Urban Trail marker has just been installed in downtown Asheville to interpret architect Rafael Guastavino’s legacy and built works, including the Basilica of St. Lawrence with its signature free-standing dome. The marker — aka Guastavino’s Monument — will temporarily serve as station #12 on the Asheville Urban [...]

Visiting Artist Project: Community input/design workshops announced for Celebrating African-Americans Through Public Art project

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Art Ecologie and adé PROJECT, will host four community workshops to help in the completion of a mural and two installations representing the legacy and memories of THE BLOCK.  Residents are invited to become part of the artistic process. The final piece will be unveiled in September during the Goombay [...]

City of Asheville opens survey about public art in the River Arts District

      The City of Asheville is seeking public input on the first of five public art projects for the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) area. The first project, “Viewpoint” will be a sign featuring a quote (aka a viewpoint) from a well-known writer whose words embody [...]

Art Ecologie wins Visiting Artist selection

Sample college project / rendering     The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Art Ecologie featuring: Monique Luck, Flavia Lovatelli and Francisco Gonzalez has been selected as the inaugural Visiting Artist.   Art Ecologie’s has proposed to transform the area with a multi-dimensional cube installation of metal/wood and bright imagery representing the past and the future, at [...]

Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

Community invited to unveiling of River Arts District sculpture and greenway section

Trash Trout, provided by Asheville GreenWorks   The City of Asheville invites the community to celebrate the unveiling of new public art installations at 3 p.m. Nov. 30. The event will start at Jean Webb Park at 30 Riverside Drive, and end at the Craven Street Boat Launch at 190 Riverside Drive. The purpose is to highlight the [...]

Installation ceremony set for Lexington Avenue sculpture

  At last it’s here! The City of Asheville is pleased to announce an installation ceremony for the Lexington Avenue Art Project.   Join us and the artist Beatrice Coron at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 for the installation ceremony of her metal sculpture titled Lexington Life Column.   The new public artwork will be installed at 65 N. Lexington Ave., [...]