The Permanent Collection


ThTurchin Center for the Visual Arts’ Permanent Collection, established with the belief that the arts play a vital role in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture, supports the mission of the university by acquiring, documenting, preserving and exhibiting works of art. The Permanent Collection makes works of aesthetic and historic significance accessible through an extensive loan program that: places art work in public spaces across the university’s campus; places work on loan with other institutions or organizations; provides the basis for an occasional exhibitions in the center's galleries; and establishes the university as an active center for research in the visual arts.

Core Beliefs

  • An appropriately sized permanent collection assists in meeting the center's goals through campus and external loan programs as well as occasional exhibitions.
  • The collection is utilized for aesthetic and educational value as an off-site extension of the center's programming.
  • Long-term ethical care and preservation of all objects is at the heart of the center's collection efforts.

History of the Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection began in 1975 with the purchase of two-dimensional objects of works on paper from a popular exhibition program known as the Appalachian National Drawing Competition (ANDC). Since 1975 the collection has been built through drawing competition purchases, gifts from artists, Appalachian faculty and staff, as well as gifts from local, national, and international patrons of the arts.

Prior to 1985, the objects were housed under the Catherine Smith Gallery (CSG). The CSG was transferred to the Office of Arts & Cultural Programs (OACP) between 1985-1986, along with the existing collection. When the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) opened its doors in 2003, the collection of approximately three hundred objects were transferred from the OACP and are now housed under and known as the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Permanent Collection. The TCVA has increased its collection holdings since 2003 and is comprised of an eclectic group of two and three-dimensional works of art, including large outdoor sculpture. The collection maintains an inventory of over 1,700 objects. 

Code of Ethics

The TCVA shares the belief that a museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and of its continuing development.  The arts play a vital role in the public through experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture, by acquiring, documenting, preserving and exhibiting works of art.  To uphold this belief it is imperative that the TCVA’s staff, whether paid or non-paid, practice professional ethical codes and accountability standards for the museum profession to ensure the appropriate stewardship of the collections held in the public trust. The TCVA, as a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), has voluntarily adopted the Code of Ethics for Museums as a set of standards to professional practice. 

Research Program

Objects from the Permanent Collection are available for study by student, staff, and faculty of Appalachian State University as well as by other visual arts researchers. Participants may visit to study the works in person or through digitized images and related information via electronic media. The collection is also used as a teaching tool for students and volunteers who are interested in learning about collections management, and provide opportunities for research, preventive care, and organization.

Intra-Campus Loan Program (ICLP)

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts provides an Intra-Campus Loan Program (ILCP) as a service to the Appalachian campus community. This program places works of art from the center’s permanent collection in a variety of public spaces across campus. ICLP participants benefit significantly from this program through the opportunity to feature original works of art in their offices, in turn providing public access to the visual arts on a daily basis to students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

Please note: Requests may be delayed due to heavy demand. The Turchin Center also conducts periodic inventories of the collection. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please contact Craig Dillenbeck at

Current & Future Exhibitions

  • Selections from the Permanent Collection: Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints; Contemporary Glass July 3, 2015 - July 3, 2016

Past Exhibitions

Donations & Gifting of Artwork

The TCVA is currently building its collection exclusively through gifts of artwork. The largest single artist represented in the collection, with 158 original works, is Andy Warhol. The TCVA accepts tax-deductible cash gifts, and gifts-in-kind to benefit of the Permanent Collection, either through further acquisition or direct improvements in the care of the Permanent Collection. The TCVA also accepts gifts of artwork to the Permanent Collection; however, the center is not designed with a focus on collecting. The Turchin Center takes very seriously its commitment to the ethical care of works gifted, and therefore has a limited collection policy that allows for appropriate archival care, storage, and usage.

To inquire about possible gifts to the collection, please contact Lindsay Miller, Director of Donors and External Relations at or 828.262.7544.

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