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    Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:53am

    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.

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    Monday, September 10, 2018 - 5:37pm

    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.

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    Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

    Since opening in 2003, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has showcased international art from Mexico, China, Poland, South Africa and Brazil. This summer, three of the galleries will feature art from Australia, New Zealand, China and North America, while another exhibition will highlight challenges of the elephant species in Africa and Thailand.

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    Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:15am

    More than 60 years after it went bankrupt, sold off its campus near Asheville and formally dissolved, Black Mountain College exerts an enduring influence on art and education in the U.S. and abroad. Appalachian State University is celebrating that legacy this spring with a series of events and programs centering on Black Mountain’s history and some of the people who taught, studied and made art there.

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    Monday, September 18, 2017 - 9:42am

    Turchin Center assistant director and curator Mary Anne Redding discusses the work "Flat Twist on a Remnant of Idyllic Days" which is part of the exhibit "Entanglements" by Sonya Clark. The exhibit, for which Redding is a co-curator, is now displaying at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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    Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

    I motored up last weekend for a taste of the arts in cooler weather and took in two concerts and the 31st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. With 12 pieces from all over the country, it’s an object lesson in what a town — or campus — full of outdoor art can look like. Juror Gregory Elliott led about 30 people through the work on the morning on July 22. Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Elliott judged the sculpture from photos submitted by the artists.

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    Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:38am

    Landscapes of Life & Death is a group photography exhibition in the upstairs gallery guest curated by Mary Anne Redding for PhotoSummer 2017 and in conjunction with the downstairs exhibition Fires of Change. Landscapes of Life & Death examines how photography poses a unique opportunity to look at loss, extinction, death and renewal, spanning emotional landscapes of human death as well as environmental landscapes of destruction.

    Mary Anne Redding is assistant director and curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

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    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:47pm

    By Lynn Rees-Jones; appearing in Carolina Mountain Life.

    Art is often beautiful, sometimes controversial and hopefully enlightening. While some would not consider artfully arranged trash to be insightful, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University has an exhibition that will likely surprise you, intrigue you and provide new perspective of the threats to the health and well-being of the water, land and people living along the New River.

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    Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:06am

    Turchin Center's assistant director and curator Mary Anne Redding has been featured in All About Women as one of the magazine's Remarkable Women of the High Country. Says AAW, "Since joining as curator in 2014, Mary Anne has brought exhibitions to Boone that are both relevant and awakening to the High Country community — from a collaboration of regional artists to showcase the headwaters of the New River, to a video sharing the experience of a woman of color working in a corporate office, to installations examining the influence of corporate agribusiness and biotech companies on the food supply."

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    Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:48pm

    On April 4, the Nile Project—a collective of 35 musicians from 11 Nile countries—will make sounds reflecting a remarkable synthesis of highly diverse rhythms and tonal systems, lyrics sung in numerous languages and instruments ranging from Kenyan kettledrums to Egyptian flutes. But that is not all. The Nile Project will hold a related residency at Appalachian State University, which will include 11 activities over three days beginning April 2, affecting not only various arts programs but also initiatives related to sustainability, of which Appalachian is a leader.

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    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:17pm

    Although the artistic talents referred to in the show’s name belong to a tight-knit group of friends that attend Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, the Turchin Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator Pegge Laine can be credited with stoking their creative fires.

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    Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:40am

    The chilly days of winter have finally arrived and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University invites the community to come in from the cold.

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    Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 4:06pm

    For the first time ever, experience easy and convenient access to both First Friday crawls in the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock. Building upon their longtime partnership, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) are connecting the arts between Boone and Blowing Rock with a free shuttle service during the First Friday Art Crawl on July 1st. Shuttles will be running every 30 minutes between TCVA and BRAHM from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to TCVA and BRAHM on the evening of the event is free and open to the public.

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    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:18am

    Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is supporting a community-based public art project titled “Building Sculpture, Building Community: Extending the Reach of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,” to be unveiled Summer 2016 at Appalachian State University.

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:14pm

    Pegge Laine, the community outreach coordinator at the Turchin Center, is bringing art to the public in a new van called the “art mobile.” The van, which will run from late spring through early fall, is filled with tents, chairs and countless art supplies. Its purpose is to go out into the community, to churches, schools, festivals or parks, and create opportunities for people to make art.

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The exhibition “The Elephantine in the Anthropocene” by Kelsey Merreck Wagner — on display July 6, 2018 through Jan. 12, 2019 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University — explores historic hunting practices in African countries as linked to the ivory trade in Asia, and how modern conservation is working to save the species.
Ben Butler is interested in the natural world. "I look at the natural sciences as one example of how we interact with our world and understand it," he says. "And really at the root, my work is about understanding the world."
Lowell Hayes, artist
As Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts celebrates its 10th anniversary, we also celebrate the value art adds to our lives. This video is one of a three-part series of conversations with contemporary artists produced in 2013. Here, artist Lowell Hayes talks about his art, his creative process and what inspires him to make art.
Turchin 10 year anniversary
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the opening of Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, this video was created in may 2013 to commemorate Bob and Lillian Turchin, who helped the university realize the dream of sharing an active and engaging visual arts center with our students, faculty, staff and community.

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