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


This grant is supported by Buncombe County and Wicked Weed Brewing.



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 excited to announce the launch of an Arts & Wellness program for Veterans who carry either wounds of war or life in September 2017. Through innovative collaborations with organizations and specially trained artists, we will bring the creative arts to this unique population in support of their recovery and healing through programming that provides avenues of expression beyond those traditionally offered.

Arts & Wellness will offer hands-on workshops in ceramics, creative writing, mask making, painting, poetry, dance, and textiles to veterans free of charge. Programs will take place at the Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, Charles George VA Medical CenterOdyssey Clay WorksABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters, and ABCCM’s Steadfast House. The AAAC’s goal is to help this population tackle their own stories and seek to heal through art. 

Program Descriptions

Weaving for Veterans

Mondays, January 29 – March 26

2:00 – 5:00 pm

@ Local Cloth Studio in the AAAC’s The Refinery

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

Interested in finding unique ways to relax? Want to try your hand at something new this winter? Then join Local Cloth and the Asheville Area Arts Council in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. This class will take you through the basics of weaving, starting off with frame looms and then onto table looms. You will learn different weave structures which will leave you with the tools for endless weaving possibilities as well as your own personal set of napkins or handkerchiefs.

Pottery for Veterans

Friday, February 2 OR Friday, February 9, 2018

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Linwood Crump Shiloh Center

FREE to Veterans but pre-registration is required

16 participants

To register: Call 828.258.0710 or click preferred date

February 2

February 9

Want to try your hand at something new this winter? Odyssey ClayWorks and the Asheville Area Arts Council will be offering two pottery classes for Veterans in February at the Shiloh Community Center. Our instructors will guide you through the basics and help you make your ideas come to life. Sponsored by the Arts Council,  and with the generous support of the Ramble Charitable Foundation, these classes are being offered free of charge to Veterans.

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

Explorative Fibers for Veterans

Mondays, February 26 – April 30

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Local Cloth Studio in the AAAC’s The Refinery

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

You are one of a kind, why not create one of a kind textiles with our new Explorative Textiles Workshop. In this class, you will explore the calming art of embroidery, hand quilting, cloth mending, natural dyeing and other sewing techniques. With just a needle, thread and dye, the possibilities are endless. Unlike some other mediums, this is an easy and inexpensive art form to practice at home after the class ends.


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.