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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 Trail, a [...]

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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 [...]

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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 the spirit [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

City of Asheville holds Visiting Artist Program finalists meet and greet

Jefferson Pinder     The Public Art and Cultural Commission and the City of Asheville announce that three artists/artist teams have been chosen as finalists for the City’s first-ever Visiting Artist Program. The artists are: Jefferson Pinder; Monique Luck, Flavia Lovatelli and Francisco Gonzalez; Amir Shakir and Ivette Cabrera.   Fifty-nine artists applied for the program, which is focused on creating community-driven artwork [...]

Sculpture chosen for Lexington Avenue public art installation

The 15-foot-high new public artwork by Beatrice Coron will be installed at 65 N. Lexington Ave.   A thriving downtown Asheville street will become even more vibrant this year with the installation of a new piece of public art on Lexington Avenue.   The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that, after a competitive process, a metal sculpture entitled 

City of Asheville seeks applications for Visiting Artist Program

Above, left to right: Community engagement at the painting of the Triangle Park Mural; Urban Trail marker celebrates the craftsmanship of master mason James Vester Miller; and celebrants at the Goombay Festival.   Please note deadline extension: 5 p.m. May 4.   The City of Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission is excited to announce a call for entries to support [...]