Asheville Art Museum Acquires 15 Works from Appalachia Now! Artists

  • ASHEVILLE, North Carolina
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  • February 09, 2020

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Lei Han , Core , 2018, edition of 2, digital video, sound by Wayne Kirby and Roy Wooten (Future Man), multichannel audiovisual installation, 5.1 surround sound, filmed with Canon 5D Mark III and Panasonic GH4 on a Canon 100 millimeter macro lens, 5 minutes, 12 seconds. Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2019 Collectors’ Circle , 2020.04.01. © Lei Han
Wayne Hewell , f ace jug candelabra , 2017, applied earthenware and porcelain chi ps on stoneware with tobacco spit glaze, 11 × 8 × 9 inches . Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2019 Collectors’ Circle , 2020.05.01. © Wayne Hewel

The Asheville Art Museum has acquired works by seven artists from the opening exhibition Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia for the museum's Collection of American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Appalachia Now! was the inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated museum that celebrated contemporary artists living and working in Southern Appalachia. 

Considering available funds, the museum's curatorial team selected a range of works that reflect the diversity of Appalachia Now! These works were then presented to the Collectors' Circle who voted to acquire them.

Carolyn Ford , Southernisms: Nervous as a Long - Tailed Cat in a Rockin’ Chair Factory , 2017, black slip, low - relief stoneware on wood, 11 × 11 × 1 ½ inches . Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2019 Collect ors’ Circle, 2020.01.03. © Carolyn Ford

"It’s such an honor to be a part of the Asheville Art Museum’s expansion into new media," says Lei Han, who is an associate professor and director of new media at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. "My collaborators and I are grateful for this recognition and we look forward to future collaborations with the museum.”

The artists whose work was acquired: Carolyn Ford, Cornwagon Thunder, Bear Allison, Lei Han, Wayne Hewell, Jerry Maxey, and Akira Satake.

"The Museum looks forward to following the careers of all the Appalachia Now! artists," says Asheville Art Museum Executive Director Pamela Myers. "We are also very thankful for the Collectors' Circle—for their generosity and ongoing support of the Museum, and their dedication to building the Museum's important Collection for the enjoyment of all of our visitors."

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