Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

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View exhibition page Studio Practices: Penland 9

So often the hardworking artists who coordinate studio practices at any institution are, truly, “behind the scenes.” Studio Practices: Penland 9 brings the nine talented Penland Studio Coordinators out of the studio shadows and into the bright lights of the Turchin Center’s Main Gallery.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, June 3, 2017
View exhibition page A Thousand Steps, A Thousand Stitches: Figurative Quilts by Susan Sharpe

Susan Sharpe embraces the “odd and interesting over the predictable and reasonable.” Her playful quilts are not for for the guest bedroom. They are colorful, quite large, and tell complicated stories in the best tradition of narrative quilt-making.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, May 6, 2017
View exhibition page Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm by Ken Abbott

Ken Abbott’s quiet photographs document the day-to-day life on the beloved Hickory Nut Gap Farm outside of Ashville. The photos are also featured in the book Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, May 6, 2017
View exhibition page Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River

Partnering with the Center for Appalachian Studies, Tom Hansell’s graduate seminar, Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia, and New River Conservancy, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has invited regional artists to participate in an exhibition to showcase the headwaters of the New River.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, July 29, 2017
View exhibition page 14th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition (AMPC) provides both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, June 3, 2017
View exhibition page Pieces of the Puzzle: An exhibition of the Educational Outreach Program of TCVA

There are many pieces of the puzzle, many aspects of the Educational Outreach Programs at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. Each piece strengthens community participation in the arts by creating an environment in which individuals of all ages experience the power and excitement of creating art in community.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, June 3, 2017
View exhibition page Wayne Trapp, A Life in the Arts

Wayne Trapp was an enigmatic artist; some would say a Renaissance man – the consummate artist who does a bit of everything, always executing his chosen craft well. This exhibition features a variety of Trapp’s creative work: paintings, drawings in pencil and ink on paper and intimate sculptural forms in bronze and steel.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, November 4, 2017


  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:06am

    Turchin Center's assistant director and curator Mary Anne Redding has been featured in All About Women as one of the magazine's Remarkable Women of the High Country. Says AAW, "Since joining as curator in 2014, Mary Anne has brought exhibitions to Boone that are both relevant and awakening to the High Country community — from a collaboration of regional artists to showcase the headwaters of the New River, to a video sharing the experience of a woman of color working in a corporate office, to installations examining the influence of corporate agribusiness and biotech companies on the food supply."

  • Monday, March 13, 2017 - 1:48pm

    On April 4, the Nile Project—a collective of 35 musicians from 11 Nile countries—will make sounds reflecting a remarkable synthesis of highly diverse rhythms and tonal systems, lyrics sung in numerous languages and instruments ranging from Kenyan kettledrums to Egyptian flutes. But that is not all. The Nile Project will hold a related residency at Appalachian State University, which will include 11 activities over three days beginning April 2, affecting not only various arts programs but also initiatives related to sustainability, of which Appalachian is a leader.

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:17pm

    Although the artistic talents referred to in the show’s name belong to a tight-knit group of friends that attend Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, the Turchin Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator Pegge Laine can be credited with stoking their creative fires.

  • Monday, January 30, 2017 - 11:40am

    The chilly days of winter have finally arrived and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University invites the community to come in from the cold.

  • Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 5:06pm

    For the first time ever, experience easy and convenient access to both First Friday crawls in the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock. Building upon their longtime partnership, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) are connecting the arts between Boone and Blowing Rock with a free shuttle service during the First Friday Art Crawl on July 1st. Shuttles will be running every 30 minutes between TCVA and BRAHM from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to TCVA and BRAHM on the evening of the event is free and open to the public.


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