Lex Ave

A new public artwork will come to downtown Asheville, thanks to a collaboration between the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation and the City’s Public Art & Cultural Commission. The artwork will be installed at 65 N. Lexington Ave., a spot adjacent to several retail establishments, near Downtown Books & News and Shady Grove. You can view the location here. The Lexington Avenue Public Art Project is intended to reflect the neighborhood identity of Lexington Avenue and to celebrate the community’s century-old storefronts and architectural treasure.

A Request for Qualifications outlining the project’s scope and artist selection process is posted on the City of Asheville website. The RFQ contains information on how to apply. The deadline for application is midnight June 9. 

The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation raised $40,000 to the City for this project. In October 2016, Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to accept the donation for this public art project. “This project is a great way to honor the initiative and drive of so many individuals in our community, including John Lantzius, that got together and saved this part of downtown,” said Adrian Vassallo, Chair of the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation. “Lexington Avenue would not be what it is today without the efforts of our citizens.”

Project Outline:

  • Posting call: April 28, 2017
  • Closing call: June 9, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m.
  • Select 3 finalists for proposal: July 5, 2017
  • Public feedback: July 21, 2017 (Downtown After 5 event)
  • Proposals due: August 30, 2017
  • Public feedback: September 15, 2017 (Downtown After 5 event)
  • Select final proposal: October 6, 2017
  • Finalize contract for project: October 20, 2017
  • Work fabricated and installed: Late winter/early spring 2018

This is a nation-wide call which is also open to all qualified local artists/teams to submit qualifications. The commissioned artist or team of artists must be able to work in close collaboration with city staff, the Asheville Downtown Association as well as the selection/review committee.

For more details on this project, contact Brenda Mills at 828-259-8050 or bmills@ashevillenc.gov.

The City’s public art collection includes the Urban Trail, which is a walkable tour downtown highlighting the unique architecture, people and historic events of the City and runs through many mediums, including the last piece, called The Daydreamer.  For information about the City’s public art collection, visit the Public Art Program webpage.