Asheville Art Museum

Matt Peiken | BPR News


Here’s a little perspective: This year’s high school graduates haven’t been able to set foot inside the Asheville Art Museum since early in their freshman year. That’s how long the current, $24 million renovation and expansion is taking.

 

But this past Friday, museum director Pam Myers and some of her staff walked BPR and other local media through three floors and a rooftop of new galleries and other features that, up to now, have never been part of the museum’s 71-year history.

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Unless you’re wearing a hardhat in the vicinity of Pack Square, the construction sounds filling every workday are reminders how far away the Asheville Art Museum is from reopening.

“We thought we would be functioning on this site throughout the construction project,” said Pam Myers, the museum’s director for the past 22 years. “I think I said ‘Oh really, we’re really going to need to move, and move the entirety of the collection?’ It was fast and furious.”

Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

Visitors to downtown Asheville will notice some new work taking place at the Asheville Art Museum at Pack Square.  WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb has details.

Construction workers were busy building scaffolding outside the museum.  It’s the launch of major construction at the building that once housed Pack Memorial Library.  The Italian Renaissance building opened in 1926 and was home to the library until 1978.