“Putting artists to work” may sound like a WPA-era poster slogan. But it’s also the fundamental basis of a new series of public art contracting courses hosted by RiverLink and organized by Brenda Mills, the city of Asheville’s economic development specialist. The classes offer an introduction and general overview of being a contractor with the city — […]
On Friday night, the City of Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) will host a public comment and review session for three project proposals in order to determine which new piece of public art will be installed at the 51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage.
Local artist Gus Cutty is finishing up a new mural of Lou Reed in front of Static Records in downtown Asheville.
This year’s Bele Chere will be the last — at least, the last run by the city, as Asheville City Council members agreed during a March 12 budget session to end their financial involvement. As part of an overhaul in the way government deals with arts and festivals, city staff are also studying a proposal that sets up a “creative economies” chief, instead of a traditional arts administration staff. Photo by Max Cooper.
Diane Ruggiero oversaw many of the city’s arts programs, including Bele Chere, Easel Rider and the W.N.C. Nature Center. Her last day will be Sept. 15.
The artwork that will grace the sides of three Asheville city buses has already been chosen, but Mountain Xpress is appealing the public art project to the court of public opinion. Tell us — what art would you have chosen?
The Urban Trail, a tour through downtown Asheville punctuated by dozens of bronze sculptures and an accompanying plaque detailing local history, remains incomplete 18 years after its inception. But there may be an end in sight.
The Energy Loop, Asheville’s first public art sculpture, is set to be returned to downtown on Saturday after sitting in storage for years.
After being dislodged by a reckless driver and undergoing weeks of repairs, a signature piece of public art is back on the street in Asheville
The running debate over a new site for Asheville’s first public-art piece, Dirck Cruser‘s Energy Loop, may finally be coming to an end. The city’s Public Art Board has wholeheartedly endorsed placing the wavy strip of black steel in the center of a new plaza created adjacent to Buncombe County’s new parking deck and the […]
The running debate over a final resting spot for the Energy Loop sculpture, Asheville’s first public art piece, may be finally coming to an end.
Passersby in downtown Asheville got another surprise today as the iconic Flat Iron sculpture — knocked off its base in a Feb. 28 car accident — was gone. The sculpture was removed for “complete restoration,” according to a release from the city’s Parks and Recreation department.
It no doubt came as a shock to many a passerby to see the iconic Flat Iron sculpture, which sits at the intersection of Wall Street and Battery Park Avenue in downtown Asheville, torn six feet off its base on Feb. 28. Just a bit of a wrinkle: The famous Flat Iron sculpture at the […]
Merrimon Square sculpture defaced; RiverSculpture sculpture stolen.
Asheville’s first public art piece, uprooted two years ago, may wind up close to where it started if Asheville’s Public Art Board has its way.
It was an event that begged for a sunny day, and the official unveiling of a sculpture by Asheville’s first Public Artist of the Year came at just the right time. On March 10, a small crowd gathered at the western corner of downtown’s Pritchard Park, a hulking mass wrapped in white sheets before them. […]