The Turchin Center's ideal location on King Street—in the heart of downtown Boone, yet within the physical boundaries of the Appalachian State campus—places it at the crossroads between campus and community. The building was designed to visually and physically make the arts more accessible to the Appalachian community, and to serve as a gateway to the greater campus beyond the center. The pedestrian gateway features several areas for public sculpture, including the Kay Borkowski Sculpture Garden. Visitors are able to walk through the gardens and access nearby Valborg Theatre, the Belk Library and Information Commons, and the University Bookstore.

Planning your visit

Admission to the center is free. Donations are graciously accepted.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts features two wings, six galleries, two small outdoor sculpture gardens and sculptures across the Appalachian State University campus. The facility also houses a 135-seat lecture hall that hosts lectures and education programs.


The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King Street in the heart of downtown Boone. Please refer to the following map for more complete information...

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You can also locate the Turchin Center on Appalachian's interactive map.


The building entrance is located along King Street in downtown Boone, in the center's University Gateway Plaza at 423 West King Street. Parking on King Street and in downtown Boone public spaces is permitted within the posted limits. Metered parking now has a 2-hour limit.

Additional paid parking for longer visits is available one block west of the center, adjacent to the Boone Town Hall, at 567 West King Street.

Appalachian State University offers paid visitor parking in the Rivers Street Parking Deck located at 461 Rivers Street, or visitor parking passes may be purchased for other locations from the Parking and Traffic Office located in Suite A of the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

Parking time in all university lots is unlimited on weeknights after 5pm and on weekends unless otherwise posted.

For larger vehicles (school and tour buses) please contact Visitor & Donor Services at or (828) 262-3017 to locate the most appropriate parking available.

Visitor Drop-off

Patrons are always welcome to drop-off and pick-up guests from the parking lot directly behind the Turchin Center which can be accessed from the driveway located between the Turchin Center and the Baptist Church. Once dropped off, pedestrians can enter through the ground level Lecture Hall entrance and take the elevator to the main lobby or take the grand staircase to the main entrance plaza and front door. 


Guided tours of the current exhibitions and the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition are available for free upon request, and can be tailored to fit the needs of the group. Tours are available to individuals and groups of any size. Interested parties should schedule the guided tour at least two weeks prior to the date of the requested tour. To reserve a tour, or if you have any questions, please contact the front desk at 828-262-3017.


The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts strives to make its facilities and events fully accessible for all of its patrons. If you have questions regarding accessibility at the Turchin Center, or if you have registered for a Turchin Center class or workshop and have mobility challenges, please contact us. Our staff is available to assist you with any questions you may have, or in accessing our workshop locations.

 Facilitiy features:

  • Elevators are located in both wings, which provide access to each floor in the buildings.
  • Wheelchairs are available upon request.
  • Lightweight portable stools are available upon request.
  • Additional assistance is available upon request.

Please contact Visitor & Donor Services at or (828) 262-3017 for questions, and additional assistance.

Gallery etiquette

  • R espect for artwork, space and others begin with self-respect.
  • E ating and drinking within the galleries is prohibited.
  • S tore book bags and personal items in the lockers or coatroom.
  • P hotography is allowed. Remember to use #turchincenter when sharing!
  • E nsure the cleanliness of the gallery spaces by not leaning on walls.
  • C ell phones should be on silent and are not be used while in the galleries *.
  • T ouching, handling or leaning against artwork is damaging to the objects.

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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.

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Gallery hours

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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Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
ASU Box 32139
Boone, NC 28608

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