The Permanent Collection of American art of the 20th- and 21st-centuries holds more than 3,500 works in all media, plus 5000 architectural drawings. The collection provides an overview of significant movements and trends in American art beginning in the 20th-century, and of art related to the Southeast.
An area of strength that distinguishes the Museum is the collection of works by artists associated with Black Mountain College (BMC), including extensive holdings by Anni and Josef Albers, among others. BMC, which from 1933 to 1957 was located 15 miles east of Asheville, was a center for experimentation in all areas of the arts.
Showcasing Mexico's profound influence on Alber's artistic practice
Examples of the quality and diversity of ceramic pitchers created by NC artists
Showcases glass artists associated with the Western North Carolina region
Demonstrates innovations in the traditional art of basketry
Photographs illustrate the beauty of nature and human impact on the environment