Asheville Art Museum

Address PO Box 1717, Asheville, NC 28802
Contact Person Cornelia Katchen-Shop Manager
Contact Info


Description of Agency: The Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Ongoing Service Opportunities

Download a PDF of our volunteer application.


Volunteers are always needed on an irregular, on call basis to help with filing, mailings and many other clerical tasks. 9-5 Mon-Fri


Curatorial/Library volunteers help out with such ongoing resources as the slide library as well as assist the Curators with some research and administrative help. Computer savvy volunteers are especially encouraged to apply, as the Museum converts its extensive slide library to digital files. Library volunteers catalog and shelve all books and resources used by the library under the able guidance of Carolyn Robinson, the Museum’s volunteer Librarian. Library volunteers meet Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and other times as needed.


Leading group tours as a docent is a rewarding and wonderful way to share your love of art with school children and adults. The Museum’s Docent program accepts new recruits twice a year: in the fall and in the spring. New docents undergo a rigorous training process, learning not only art history but the most up-to-date techniques for giving tours and working with children and adults.

Special Events

The volunteers who help us keep our busy schedule going are an eclectic group who’d rather not be tied down to a set schedule. It’s great fun to be behind the scenes at Museum parties and we always have a range of dates and activities available. Duties include everything from bartending to coat check to signing in the guests and recruiting more volunteers. Plus, volunteers at special events always get in for free!

Visitor Services/Shop

Visitor Services/Museum Shop volunteers are responsible for answering incoming calls to the Museum, operating the cash register and helping customers in the Shop. Computer and cash register experience is helpful.