History

An integral part of Appalachian State University, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts employs vibrant programming combined with a casual and approachable attitude to engage students and visitors through its role as a key cultural, educational, economic and service resource. The center is the largest facility of its kind in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia, and is named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin. Featuring two wings of exhibition and support space, and the Arnold P. Rosen Family Education Wing, the center is located on King Street in the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina.

Since opening in 2003, the center has built upon Appalachian's longstanding belief that access and interaction with great arts programming is an important part of a great university education. This is supported by the belief that sharing these opportunities with residents and visitors is important service to the cultural, educational, economic, and healthful life of our community and region. Now more than ever, the challenges of the future will require great minds; and that means thinking creatively as well as critically. The Turchin Center is a dynamic, living, breathing presence in the Appalachian community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. The center has been nationally recognized by organizations such as The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts that supported the center through exhibition grants and through a gift of artworks by Warhol. Building upon its early successes, the center is poised to move forward in making a difference within the campus and community through the visual arts.

The center presents a challenging and exciting schedule of exhibitions providing a diverse look at the visual arts and inviting visitors to expand their perspectives through creative and critical thinking. Exhibitions offer the opportunity to explore the work of international, national, regional and local artists and investigate a range of themes and approaches to art making. Lectures and tours join with workshops and outreach programs to help make connections between the college classroom and the visual arts, and provide programs for the underserved, those with special needs and local public school students. The center maintains a small collection to support the exhibition and education programs and offers a campus loan program. Important works from the collection travel to galleries and museums and are a component of the center's regional outreach.

The Turchin Center is a department of Appalachian State University and is housed in the division of the Office of Arts Engagement which reports to the Chancellor. The university has a long history of recognizing the importance of and supporting the arts, but we also depend on community support—through participation and philanthropy. To provide increased accessibility for the Appalachian community, the center is free and open to the public.

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The Turchin Center will be closed Dec. 21, 2018 through Jan. 7, 2019. Regular gallery hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

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