Spring Exhibition Celebration

Event date: 
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

During this Spring Exhibition Celebration, held in conjunction with the First Friday Downtown Boone Art Crawl, the Turchin Center will celebrate five exhibitions in grand style. The public is invited to “engage, discover and connect through the arts.” This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and gain an “insider’s view” of the featured exhibitions. This event will be the beginning of a series of events celebrating the Turchin Center’s 15 th year anniversary! This festive evening will include live music, refreshments and a cash bar and is free and open to the public.

New exhibition: 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition

Opens Friday, Mar. 2, 2018

In its 15th year, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) provides both amateur and professional photographers with the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. The categories include: Adventure, Blue Ridge Parkway, Culture, Our Ecological Footprint, Flora/Fauna and Landscape.

1,082 entries were submitted and the jury panel selected 56 finalist images that are on display. Visitors to the Turchin Center are invited to participate in the People’s Choice Award selection beginning on Friday, Mar. 2 through Mar. 23, 2018. All awards will be announced on Saturday Mar. 24, 2018, at the Saturday screening of the Banff Film Festival and through media outlets. Rich Campbell, associate director of Appalachian’s Outdoor Programs says, “We were thrilled with the number of images submitted this year as 1,082 is very close to our record number of images. In addition, the quality of the images is stunning. We can't wait for the general public to see what has inspired artists and photographers over the course of the year." Learn more

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South Mountain Wildfire; Cathy Anderson; 2017 Best in Show

New exhibition: Pieces of the Puzzle: Turchin Center Outreach Programs

Opens Friday, Mar. 2, 2018

The Turchin Center’s arts and education outreach programs connect the university arts resources to a diverse audience of students, arts patrons, teachers and learners. There are many “pieces of the puzzle” of the Turchin’s outreach programs and 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.

This exhibition celebrates the process of art making and of free play that participants experience when they respond to color, texture, and design in the world around them. According to Pegge Laine, Outreach Coordinator, “When participants let go of the voice that says ‘but I am not an artist’ they allow their creative spirits to soar." The TCVA gratefully acknowledges Nancy and Doug Brittelle for their sponsorship of this exhibition. Learn more

Ongoing exhibition: Faculty Biennial

Feb. 2 through May 5, 2018

The Faculty Biennial showcases the outstanding and thought-provoking work of Appalachian State University’s multi-disciplinary faculty. The mission statement of the Department of Art is well reflected in the faculty created art:

“TO US, ART AND DESIGN ARE MANY THINGS. They are the voice that speaks louder than words. They are the muses, the calls of the siren and the taskmasters. They bring us together and push us deep inside ourselves to chase the elusive. They challenge us, drive us, and make us achieve the impossible. They are our life.”

Providing direct engagement with current creative and scholarly research, the exhibition initiates critical dialogue about the nature of contemporary art. This exhibition offers the opportunity for students, community members, faculty and staff at Appalachian State University meaningful opportunity to learn about the many creative ideas and art practices being explored and taught within the university. In addition to the exhibitions at the Turchin Center, there is also work at the Smith Gallery located in the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts. Learn more

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Hui Chi Lee, Lian #11

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Greg Banks, ScareCrow

Ongoing exhibition: Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College

Jan. 12 through June 2, 2018

This exhibition features the artwork of many of the artists who attended and taught at Black Mountain College during its colorful 24-year history. Some of those artists are still working. The exhibition looks at the legacy of the Black Mountain College artists, what the Black Mountain experience meant to them, their influences on one another and their continuing place in the art world. Showcasing paintings, furniture, sculpture, clay, collages, glass, textiles, books and poetry, the exhibition includes works by: Basil King, painter, poet and illustrator; Martha King, poet, writer and dancer; Frank Hursh, painter; Harrison Begay, watercolorist and silk-screen printer; A. Lawrence Kocher, architect and furniture designer; M. C. Richards, writer, poet, dancer and ceramicist; Karen Karnes, ceramicist; Peter Voulkos, ceramicist; Ragland Watkins, weaver; Bacia Edelman, ceramicist and sculptor; Jose Mariano de Creeft, sculptor; Ronald (Ron) Robertson, painter; Lorna Blaine Halper, painter; Elizabeth Jennerjahn, dancer; Robert Motherwell, screen printer; Fielding Dawson, writer and visual artist; Jacob Lawrence, painter; Jane Slater Marquis, stained-glass sculptor; and Emily Wood, weaver. Learn more

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Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College installation view

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Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College installation view

Ongoing exhibition: High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants & Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians

Feb. 2 through Aug. 4, 2018

Guest curated by faculty and staff in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants and Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians through Art and Science, is a collaborative and interdisciplinary exhibit displaying herbarium vouchers from Appalachian State University's I. W. Carpenter, Jr. Herbarium, with paintings and drawings, photography, music and poetry written specifically for the exhibit.

Established in 1958, the I. W. Carpenter, Jr. Herbarium houses approximately 30,000 specimens and is actively adding to the growing collection located in Rankin Science West. The Herbarium is a local and regional resource for botanical research, with an emphasis on plant species from natural communities in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Learn more

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