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Explore Asheville Art Galleries – Asheville Area Arts Council

Asheville area art galleries, folk art, the River Arts District

The Asheville Area Arts Council’s Front Gallery, a 1,400 square foot exhibition space, in the middle of downtown Asheville, seeks to represent local established and emerging artists and groups. We also maintain exhibition spaces in the Back Gallery and Boardroom Gallery.


The Asheville Area Arts Council is one of the oldest arts councils in the country.

1979: Civic Arts Council and groups of individual artists and arts organizations merge to form the Community Arts Council of WNC. They shared office space with The Arts Journal in a city building at 324 Charlotte Street.

1981: The Arts Council moves offices to the basement of Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, next door to the Art & Mineral Museums. The Civic Arts Council then relocates to Wall Street.

1987: The Civic Arts Council office moves to the lobby of the Northwestern Bank Building. Later that year the CAC signs a lease with the Housing Authority for 9 & 11 Biltmore Avenue. The CAC renovated storefronts for offices and rental space.

1988: The Civic Arts Council expand again with The Front Gallery and soon receives the Fine Arts Theatre as a donation from the owner. The CDC then sells The Fine Arts Theatre in 1990.

1992: CAC changes its name to The Arts Alliance and then concentrates its activities on fundraising for community arts agencies. Artists Roundtable is established to coordinate annual scholarship program and showcase for local educators and artists. The Art Alliance joins with the City of Asheville to create First Night Asheville, assist with the Urban Trail.

2000: The Arts Alliance announces its new name, the Asheville Area Arts Council.

2011: Asheville Area Arts Council moves to a space in the River Arts District called: The Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery.


From Pack Square in downtown Asheville, walk south on Biltmore Avenue to #11 on west side, across from public parking garage – next to the Mast General Store.

Exhibits: New exhibits open the first Friday of every month, reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Times/Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 6 p.m.

Attraction Amenities:

  • Handicap Accessibility
  • Parking (Fee Charged)


11 Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, NC 28801

General Contact:

Phone: 828-258-0710

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