AAAC Juried Members Exhibition

Submission Closed

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to announce its 2018 Juried Members Exhibit, February 23 – March 30, 2018. Cash prizes for best in show and two honorable mentions will be selected by juror Candace Reilly. Entries will be accepted December 11, 2017 – January 12, 2018.  The winners will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, March 2, 2018.  

All artists participating in the Juried Member’s Exhibit must have a current membership. Annual individual memberships are $35 and must be purchased before the submission.


Candace Reilly is the assistant director and curator at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Asheville, NC.  She has a BFA in art history from St Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. In the past, she has worked in museums, curated in galleries, taught art history, and volunteered for numerous non-profits. A career advocate for the arts, Candace believes that successful communities, like Asheville, are those which are enriched by passionate and active artists. 


  • $25 application fee to submit up to 3 works.
  • Works will be juried by digital image only.
  • Entries must be original and created within the last 2 years.
  • All types of artwork (visual, craft, 2D, 3D, etc.) will be accepted.
  • Each member can submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.
  • Work cannot have been exhibited at the AAAC or Refinery in the past.
  • 2D work must be framed, mounted, and wired for hanging. All other work must be installation ready.
  • Size requirement: must fit through standard 8ft doorway and not exceed 75 lbs.

Packing and Transportation

Accepted work must be dropped off at the Refinery Creator Space on Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21, 2018 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

The works must be packed with appropriate materials designed to give maximum protection to the object(s) and will be repacked in the same or similar materials as received unless otherwise authorized by the Lender. Pack artwork securely in reusable containers with reusable packing materials. We prefer that all framed works use Plexiglas. Any artworks incorporating breakable elements should be double boxed and/or shipped in wooden crates. Please include any installation instructions needed for the safe handling and return of your work.

Any unsold artwork may be picked up on Monday, April 2, 2017 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Care of Objects and Installation:

Professional gallery staff from The Asheville Area Arts Council will handle the unpacking, packing, transport, and installation of the object(s). The object(s) will be maintained in the condition in which it was received from the Lender. If any changes in the condition of the object(s) are noted during the time frame of this loan the Lender will be contacted without delay.

The object(s) borrowed will be given special care at all times to ensure against loss, damage or deterioration. No object will be altered, cleaned or repaired without the written permission of the Lender. If damage should occur while on exhibit at The Refinery, the Exhibitions Manager will notify the Lender immediately.


Artwork may be considered available for purchase while on exhibit. The Asheville Area Arts Council requires a 35% commission on any artwork sold through the gallery. All sold objects must remain with the exhibition for its duration and will not be forwarded to the purchaser until the end of the loan period. Payments for all sold pieces will be made within 30 days of the exhibit’s closing. Shipment of all sold object(s) will be paid by the purchaser.

Reproduction and Credit:

The object(s) will be labeled and credited to the Lender. Unless otherwise stipulated in writing by the Lender, the visiting public may take impromptu photographs, but no other reproduction is permitted except photographic copies for publicity uses related to the stated purpose of the loan. No images may be taken for commercial purposes without permission from the artist.


Arts Build Community Grant

The mission

Invite, create, and enrich community

Arts and culture are a fundamental part of our community that helps us connect with one another and better understand history, people, and new ideas. It brings beauty and inspiration and encourages conversation. They are also an important economic driver that improves our quality of life, health, and wellbeing. Participation in cultural activities (as opposed to spectatorship) connects people to each other and to their community institutions, providing pathways to other forms of participation. Arts and culture can create opportunities for political expression, community dialogue, shared cultural experiences, and civic work. When people become involved in the design, creation, and upkeep of places, they develop a vested interest in using and maintaining these spaces. When they have a true sense of “ownership” or connection to the places they frequent, the community becomes a better place to live, work, and visit. The residents’ feelings of respect and responsibility for the place bonds them to that place and to each other. No architect or town planner can design or build a place that does that. Including young people as meaningful contributors to the social and economic aspects of community building must not be overlooked and cannot be left to schools and parents alone.

Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Creative placemaking projects aim to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design.

The Grant

This grant program funds innovative, arts-based ideas that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. Projects must be designed to provide broad access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of cultural enterprises. Art must be central to the project, and the proposal must reflect an informed understanding of the particular art form(s) being used, as well as of the communities being served. The projects may use any art form—visual/conceptual art, photography, new media, video, dance, theater/performance art, music, creative writing, or other forms. Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

Grant timeline: *Proposed projects may take place between May 2018 to June 1, 2019



Guideline PDF

Application PDF

Application word doc


2018-19 Arts Build Community Grant Awards:

  • $1,200, American Myth Center: Boxcar Theatre for shows that investigate realities of our home, history, and community.
  • $1,200, Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community: 10-week residency working with educators, students, and their families to create personal and family narratives and poetry that draw on place, culture, and community.
  • $1,000, Hola Community Arts: Hola Asheville festival brings the sights, sounds, music, pageantry, colorful costumes, and talent of Latin America to downtown Asheville.
  • $1,000, Oakley Elementary: “The Leader in Me”, a collaborative mural project with local muralists and students to complete multiple murals in common areas of the school.
  • $600, Poetry Pathways: Public Art project located on the 13 Bones Bridge intended to celebrate poetry and make it accessible to the public.


Past Grants

Asheville Art in the Park Grant

The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to enhance public spaces and highlight the role of local artists within the community.

Enhancing Public Spaces

Highlighting Local Artists

Displaying Excellence In Design


Professional Development Grant

Professional Development Grants for Artists offer support to individual artists to attend area organization’s programming that expands their knowledge of sound business practices. Applicants must apply for an opportunity that specifically benefits the business management of the artist.

For Individual Buncombe Artists

For Professional Development

Buncombe County Courses


Available Studios for Rent

We are pleased to offer the following studio for rent in The Refinery Creator Space, available February 1, 2018:

Studio 13 has a north-facing window and offers ample space for your creative flow. Tenants at The Refinery Creator Space enjoy 24/7 access to their spaces, as well as First Friday receptions in the AAAC-run galleries, various AAAC programming, and a creative community in Asheville’s South Slope.


940 sq. ft.

$875/month + utilities

Please contact or with questions.

The Refinery Sponsors

Thank you to The Refinery Creator Space Sponsors!


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George & Allison Glackin | Susan Holden | Peter Laine & Constance Ensner | Michael & Hanna Manes | Kim McGuire & Jim Samsel

Stephanie Pace Brown | Gar & Meg Ragland | George & Susan Ragland | Joan & Scott Rasco | Thom Robinson & Ray Griffin |

Pam Shapiro & Ann Atkinson | Karen Spacek & William Solmson | Hank & Marita Strauss | Susan Turner | Alex & Dosty Quarrier


Arts and Wellness for Veterans


The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is proud to present our Arts & Wellness program for Veterans. This program serves as an alternative method of healing through art classes and workshops that provide avenues of expression that goes beyond those traditionally offered. Through innovative collaborations with organizations and specially trained artists, we have brought together the creative arts to this unique population in support of their recovery.

Arts & Wellness offers hands-on workshops in ceramics, creative writing, painting, poetry, dance, and textiles to veterans free of charge. These programs take place at several locations throughout the Buncombe County community, such as Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, Odyssey ClayWorks, ABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters, Charles George VA Medical Center, and ABCCM’s Steadfast House. The AAAC’s goal is to help this population tell their own stories and seek to heal through art.

The following quotes from participants in the program embody the importance of these offerings:

“It has been therapeutic for me to be in a group that has had experiences akin to my own, with people who recount incidents and feeling that resonate with me. This has freed me to talk about hard things that I’d never spoken of to anyone.”

“This has been the best and most beneficial group I have experienced at the VA hospital.”

“It allows veterans to come to grips with trying life experiences and tribulations in a different positive way.”

Program Descriptions

Weaving for Veterans

Mondays,  May 21 – June 11

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@Charles George VA Medical Center – Classroom B

FREE, but pre-registration is required. To register, click here or call 828.258.0710

The Asheville Area Arts Council is bringing weaving to the VA in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. Using cardboard and frame looms you will learn the basics of weaving. You will learn tapestry techniques and leave with a small tapestry of your own. This class is fun, creative and explorative.

Weaving for Veterans

Mondays, April 30 – May 14

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@Charles George VA Medical Center – Classroom B

FREE, but pre-registration is required. To register, click here or call 828.258.0710

The Asheville Area Arts Council is bringing weaving to the VA in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. Using cardboard and frame looms you will learn the basics of weaving. You will learn tapestry techniques and leave with a small tapestry of your own. This class is fun, creative and explorative.

Explorative Fibers

Mondays, February 26 – April 30

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Local Cloth Studio in the AAAC’s The Refinery

FREE and no registration required!

Explore the endless possibilities of a needle, thread, and the timeless craft of indigo dyeing. In our new drop-in Explorative Fibers Workshops, we will play with embroidery, hand quilting, cloth mending, natural dyeing and other sewing techniques to create one of a kind textiles. Create pillows, dish towels, napkins or customized clothing with the guidance of our textile instructors, or simply experiment with the endless possibilities of fiber with the materials provided. Open to all experience levels. Drop-ins are welcome!

Pottery for Veterans at Kairos West

Saturday, May 5, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@Kairos West Community Center

FREE, but pre-registration is required. To register, click here or call 828.258.0710

Want to try your hand at something new this spring? Odyssey ClayWorks and the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) will be offering a one-day pottery class for Veterans in May at the Kairos West Community Center. Our instructors will guide you through the basics, and help you make your ideas come to life. Sponsored by the AAAC, and with the generous support of the North Carolina Arts Council, these classes are being offered free of charge to Veterans.

Pottery for Veterans

Fridays, March 23 – May 11

1:00 – 4:00 pm

@ Odyssey ClayWorks

FREE to Veterans but pre-registration is required. To register, click here or call 828.258.0710

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at the potter’s wheel? Would you like to sculpt a likeness in clay? Perhaps you have thought of creating a custom-made tile for your kitchen or bath? Then this is the class for you! These are just some of the possibilities we will explore in this 8-week class offered at Odyssey ClayWorks. Designed specifically for veterans, we will be working with some of the area’s best potters and ceramic artists to provide a fun introduction to working in the clay studio. Bring your ideas, and we will make them happen! We will also spend time examining ways that your experience in the military and as a veteran can inform your work, serve as inspiration, and raise awareness about important issues.

Working in conjunction with the Asheville Area Arts Council, Odyssey ClayWorks is proud to offer this class free of charge to veterans. Limited enrollment.



The Arts & Wellness program for Veterans is generously funded by:


The Ramble Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

The James G. Hanes Memorial Fund

  This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.