Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

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View exhibition page The Persistence of Weeds: Hannah Cole

I paint the daily surroundings that normally go unnoticed—a glimpse of the bookshelf, the manhole cover I walk over on my route to the grocery store, my pliers hanging on a pegboard. My paintings are at once rooted in the unique experiences of my own life, and in conversation with the larger history of American painting.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, January 12, 2019
View exhibition page The Elephantine in the Anthropocene: Kelsey Merreck Wagner

The Elephantine in the Anthropocene will explore historic hunting practices in African countries as linked to the ivory trade in Asia, and how modern conservation is working to save the species.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, January 26, 2019
View exhibition page Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand

Each of the international biennial exhibitions reveal the importance of the visual arts in bearing witness to other cultures, other places, and, often, other racial and ethnic groups not typically represented in our local communities across the Appalachian region. What unites all peoples is the fundamental instinct to tell stories.  

Exhibition ends: Saturday, December 8, 2018
View exhibition page The Broken Fragments of My Heart: Rachel Stevens

During the Holocaust in western Ukraine, Rachel Stevens’ cousin, Lorenz Kleiner, fought the Nazis as a partisan in the forest. His Polish comrades did not know that he was Jewish. Lorenz hid his identity, as he surely would have been killed by the men who served with him. When Stevens conceived of this series of sculptures she imagined the forest as a sanctuary. However, she soon learned that the Ukrainian landscape’s deep ravines and plush earth were the site of countless mass graves. More than a million people were shot in these otherwise bucolic landscapes. This relatively unknown tragedy is called the “Holocaust by Bullets.”

Exhibition ends: Saturday, February 2, 2019


  • Monday, September 10, 2018 - 5:37pm

    The Ukrainian city of Lviv, once a major center of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, commemorated on Sunday the 75th anniversary of the annihilation of the city’s Jewish population by Nazi Germany and honored those working today to preserve what they can of that vanished world. City authorities presented the honored recipients with 75 glass keys — replicas of a metal key that once belonged to a Jewish synagogue and which an American artist found at a street market in Lviv. The glass keys were the work of New Mexico-based artist Rachel Stevens, who found the rusted synagogue key on which they were based in February while seeking remnants of Jewish culture in eastern Galicia as part of a research project.

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

    Since opening in 2003, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has showcased international art from Mexico, China, Poland, South Africa and Brazil. This summer, three of the galleries will feature art from Australia, New Zealand, China and North America, while another exhibition will highlight challenges of the elephant species in Africa and Thailand.

  • Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:15am

    More than 60 years after it went bankrupt, sold off its campus near Asheville and formally dissolved, Black Mountain College exerts an enduring influence on art and education in the U.S. and abroad. Appalachian State University is celebrating that legacy this spring with a series of events and programs centering on Black Mountain’s history and some of the people who taught, studied and made art there.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 - 9:42am

    Turchin Center assistant director and curator Mary Anne Redding discusses the work "Flat Twist on a Remnant of Idyllic Days" which is part of the exhibit "Entanglements" by Sonya Clark. The exhibit, for which Redding is a co-curator, is now displaying at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

    I motored up last weekend for a taste of the arts in cooler weather and took in two concerts and the 31st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. With 12 pieces from all over the country, it’s an object lesson in what a town — or campus — full of outdoor art can look like. Juror Gregory Elliott led about 30 people through the work on the morning on July 22. Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Elliott judged the sculpture from photos submitted by the artists.


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