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City of Asheville Seeks Input on Public Art Project 51 Biltmore Ave.


The City of Asheville announces the top artist finalists for the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project to be installed on the exterior wall of the pubic parking garage next to the Aloft Hotel at 51 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) will host a public forum with the artists on Friday, January 24, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church located at 60 Church Street. Parking is located on the south side of the church and across the street. Enter the church at the Church Street entrance to Tuton Hall.

The following are the top artist finalists:

  • Artist team Alex Irvine (Santa Fe, NM) and Ian Wilkinson (Asheville, NC)
  • Marc Archambault (Asheville, NC)
  • Mike Allison (Joelton, TN)

At the public forum, the artists will be in attendance and seeking ideas, images and stories to inspire their design proposals for the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project. To learn more about each artist and to make comment, go to the City of Asheville’s website at and select City Projects to see project under Central Business District. The final design proposals are expected to be revealed in April, followed by a second round of public feedback to assist the Selection Panel in choosing the final design for the public art project.

The City of Asheville recently conducted a call for artists to create a permanent public art feature for the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project. After reviewing over 150 artist applications, the Selection Panel selected the top artist finalists.

The 51 Biltmore Public Art Project Selection Panel:

  • David McCartney, Aloft Hotel
  • Sharon Trammel, Public Art and Cultural Commission
  • Jenny Bowen, Asheville Artist and Photographer
  • Elizabeth Barr, Asheville Artist Resource Center
  • Susie Millions, Asheville Visual Artist
  • Sarah Larson, 51 Biltmore Neighborhood Resident and Art Advocate

The City of Asheville Public Art Program oversees Asheville’s public art collection. The Public Art and Cultural Commission is responsible for approving the site and content of public art, and the development of an inclusive selection process that involves community feedback. Members also act as public art ambassadors by advancing the City of Asheville as an “arts destination” in cultural and economic development efforts.

The city’s public art collection includes the popular Urban Trail, a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville; along with other prominent works in the downtown area including but not limited to the Pack Fountain, Energy Loop, Deco Gecko and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The 51 Biltmore Public Art Project is part of the City’s Percent for Art Program.

For information about the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project, contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or