Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Coronavirus information

Based on guidelines announced by Appalachian State University, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has revised its schedule. Schedules and guidelines are subject to further change in the coming days and weeks. All schedule changes specific to public events at the Turchin Center will be posted on the Turchin Center’s website and on Facebook.

An Appalachian Summer Festival ... July 1-31, 2020 ... Live performances replaced with FREE alternative online programming such as livestreamed and specially recorded performances, artist chats, film screenings and virtual tours.


  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 4:18pm

    Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) recently created a Little Free Art Pantry with free art supply bundles for the community. The art pantry is located near TCVA’s front entrance, in a large metal cabinet. To date, 30 bundles have been taken and another 50 bundles are ready to be placed in the pantry. Each bundle is themed and includes instructions. Themes include “Paint Night,” “Watercolor,” “Visual Journaling” and “Collage.”

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:35pm

    The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to share that seven artists from the opening exhibition “Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia” have entered the Museum’s Collection. The exhibiting artists include Corn Wagon Thunder, collections manager for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 2:07pm

    Graduation caps have been tossed towards the sky and Appalachian State University in Boone has settled into summer. The majority of campus buildings are quiet as they take a break before the return of students and professors in the fall. The galleries of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, however, are undergoing a transformation to present a compelling palette of art just in time for the start of An Appalachian Summer Festival, featuring an eclectic array of visual arts, music, dance, theatre and films.

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:53am

    The 33rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition prospectus is now available. The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is an annual national juried competition presented by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Since its establishment by Martin and Doris Rosen in 1987, the Rosen competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. This year, twelve sculptures have been selected. Cash prizes are awarded to three artists whose work is chosen by the juror and will be announced at the annual sculpture walk - a highlight of every summer festival season.

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 - 6:37pm

    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.

Upcoming events

Current Exhibitions

View exhibition page Lian 連 Lian 鏈 – An installation by Hui Chi Lee

People are by nature social beings. People need other people to survive, and as such they tend to perpetually seek social interactions. However, human relationships are inherently complex and multi-faceted. The ideology of the series, Lián 連 and Liàn 鏈 begins with a pair of Chinese homophones “Lián 連 and Liàn 鏈” that, depending on the context, mean either “to connect” or “to enchain.”

Exhibition ends: Saturday, September 5, 2020
View exhibition page Matrilinear: Elizabeth M. Claffey

Elizabeth M. Claffey’s work is both cross-disciplinary in nature and aimed at starting conversations within the community. She uses visual art as a catalyst for storytelling and to express the knowledge of people often under-recognized within the public sphere. Claffey’s projects examine cultural and social context, engage in community dialogue, and encourage critical inquiry.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, November 7, 2020
View exhibition page UnEqual Scenes: Johnny Miller

UnEqual Scenes uses a drone to illustrate the inscribed history of the world in a new way. The scars within our urban fabric, so apparent from above, can provoke a sense of surprise, at the same time they reveal our complicity in systematic disenfranchisement.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, November 7, 2020
View exhibition page Afterimage Anxiety: Joshua Rose

“Perhaps I am just in awe of everything when I settle down to really look at things.” Joshua Rose

Exhibition ends: Saturday, February 6, 2021
View exhibition page Rain and the River: Jacklyn St. Aubyn

Painter Jacklyn St. Aubyn creates a magical space in which things aren’t what they appear to be. First perceptions may be misleading. She has landscapes and interiors in mind as she works, but not in the realistic sense; rather, she conjures imaginary spaces that defy logic.

Exhibition ends: Saturday, February 6, 2021

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Based on guidelines announced by Appalachian State University, the Turchin Center is closed due to COVID-19.

During times of inclement weather, the Turchin Center follows the closing schedule of Appalachian State University.

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