Special Recurring Events:


Color Ball

Everybody loves a party, especially one filled to overflowing with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes, and amazing art & music! The 2015 Onyx Ball was a rousing Halloween success!

Next Occurring: September 9, 2017

A Great Costume Party!

Overflowing with Creativity!

All in the Name of the Arts!


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Creative Sector Summit

Our annual Creative Sector Summit’s goal is to create an ever more vibrant quality of life in Buncombe County by bringing together the creative sector and its partners for the realization of collaborative opportunities in community and economic development.

Next Occurring: April 20, 2018

Creative Problem Solving

Cross-Pollination of Leaders

Galvanizing our Resources


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Upcoming Events:


Community Cloth

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome Local Cloth’s Community Cloth into the Front Gallery, October 5 – November 30, 2018. Community Cloth is an interactive, educational and community-service exhibit of processes and techniques for crea …

October 5th - November 30th, 2018

Drawing from Life

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to invite the art students of AC Reynolds High School into the Hall Gallery this fall. The AC Reynolds High School Visual Arts department is proud to present a selection of student work that reflects a foundat …

October 5th - November 30th, 2018

Call for Curators is Open!

The AAAC Point of View Curator program offers Buncombe County artists the opportunity to curate exhibits within the Thom Robinson & Ray Griffin Exhibition Space. We invite artists to submit proposals for exhibitions that incorporate collaborations …

November 1st - January 4th, 2019

Exhibition Info Session @ West Asheville Library

Thinking of applying to curate an exhibit at the Refinery but not sure how? The AAAC will be hosting two FREE Exhibition Info Sessions in November. Programs Manager, Mamie Fain will be joined by artist and curator, Pedro Esqueda, to talk about the proc …

November 15th @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Observations in Art and Movement for Veterans

Observations in Art and Movement for Veterans Instructor: Cara McKinney @ South Buncombe Library | 260 Overlook Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Free, but pre-registration is required Sign up for Observations i …

December 4th @ 10:00am - 12:00pm

Asheville Through Brown Eyes

Curator, Joseph Pearson says: ‘I, like many people we have met since moving to Asheville two and half years ago asked the same question, “Where are the black people?” Since then I have learned that the city has a rich and varied African American histor …

December 7th - January 11th, 2019

Winged Narratives: A Social Study

Contemporary Primitive Narrative Paintings by Cleaster Cotton “Birds are relatable, social creatures and are among the most numerous organisms on the planet earth.  We can learn a great deal about ourselves from observing their behavior in nature. “Win …

December 7th - January 25th, 2019

Holiday Market and Open House

It’s that time of the year again! Stop into the Refinery Creator Space and Open Hearts Art Center on Saturday, December 8 from 12:00 – 5:00pm for our annual Holiday Market and Open House. Meet local artists in their studios and shop handmade goods for …

December 8th @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm

What Have You Done for Me Lately, Copyright?

On Thursday, December 13, 4:00 – 5:30pm the Asheville Area Arts Council will be hosting Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Dana LeJune, in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space for an info session on Copyright Infringement. LeJune will be discu …

December 13th @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Tax and Bookkeeping Workshop for Artists

Join us on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00pm, for a FREE tax and bookkeeping workshop for musicians, artists, and other creative professionals, presented by CPAs from the Asheville accounting firm of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A. in collaborati …

January 15th @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Majik Studios Exhibition

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome Majik Studios into the Front Gallery, February 1 – March 31, 2019. Majik Studios is a teaching studio for fine arts and crafts, open to the community and visitors to Asheville. The exhibit will feat …

February 1st - March 29th, 2019

Opening Reception for Carve: The Process of Reduction

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome Carve: Process of Reduction, curated by Nina Kawar, into the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space. Process is an important aspect to creating art and often concept and form emerge from the …

February 1st @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Who’s Afraid of RED?

In March, the Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host 15 artists in a new exhibit by curator Barbara Fisher called Who’s Afraid of RED? The title is inspired by a series of Barnett Newman paintings called Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. Th …

March 1st - March 30th, 2019

Opening Reception for Who’s Afraid of RED?

Join us on Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space to celebrate the opening of Who’s Afraid of RED? Artist talk will begin at 6:30 pm. The Asheville Area Arts Council i …

March 1st @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm