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:


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

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 The Cloud Show

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host The Cloud Show curated by Coco Villa, April 5 – May 3, 2019. Nebulous, soft, & ever-morphing This space is ethereal and flowing. The vision is an exhibit that brings together artwork around the the …

April 5th @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Postcards from the Edge

From March 15 through July 30, 2019, the Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina (WAANC) will coordinate a unique traveling art display.  Eight arts councils in the region will present Postcards from the Edge, a traveling exhibit of postcard-sized artw …

May 3rd - May 31st, 2019

Beyond Knowing

The Asheville Area Arts Council welcomes, Beyond Knowing, a new exhibit by curator, David Sheldon, into the AAAC Exhibition Space, May 10 – June 21, 2019. Beyond Knowing features works by established and emerging artists that use art making as a means …

May 10th - June 21st, 2019

Cheryl Eugenia Barnes

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome artist Cheryl Eugenia Barnes into the Front Gallery, June 7 – July 26, 2019. Cheryl was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived in Portland, Oregon. She has a BA in Art History and is mainly a s …

June 7th - July 26th, 2019

First Friday Reception for Beyond Knowing

Join us on Friday, June 7, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s large Exhibition Space to celebrate Beyond Knowing. Artist talk will begin at 6:30 pm. Beyond Knowing, a new exhibit by curator, David Sheldon, into the AAAC Exhibit …

June 7th @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm