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    Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 5:06pm

    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 - 12:18pm

    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 - 1:14pm

    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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    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 9:32am

    On Friday, Nov. 6, the Turchin Center celebrated the art of comics as part of the center’s monthly Exhibition Celebration. Comics are celebrated at the Turchin this month with two exhibits, “At the Junction of Words & Pictures: The Tenth Anniversary of The Center for Cartoon Studies,” curated by Craig Fischer, and “Back to Boone: Editorial Cartoons by Andrew David Cox.” Both opened on Oct. 2.

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    Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 2:39pm

    This exhibition is composed of pieces from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Permanent Collection. The Turchin Center received the items in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, a program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Most of the photographs on view have not been available for public view since 2008 when the Turchin Center presented their exhibition: Andy Warhol: A Photographic Legacy: Recent Gifts to the Turchin Center Permanent Collection.

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    Monday, October 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

    Visual artists from Ashe and surrounding counties, Alleghany, Watauga, Wilkes, Grayson and Johnson submitted works to The Best of the Blue Ridge, a juried fine art competition and exhibition at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson.

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    Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 3:34pm

    The 13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) is open for registration and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit.

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    Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 1:20pm

    In her latest series, “Am I What You’re Looking For?,” North Carolina-based artist Endia Beal focuses on young African-American women who are transitioning from the academic world to the corporate setting, capturing their struggles and uncertainties on how to best present themselves in the professional work space. This is a condensed and edited conversation with Whitney Richardson, producer of the Lens blog.

  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:12pm

    The Zen Painter Newsletter is published by Brad Stroman, who will be exhibiting at the Turchin Center beginning in April.

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:12am

    Appalachian State University presents a lecture titled “Reshaping Public Space” by artist Janet Echelman.

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There are few places around the globe that have escaped the scars of genocide, of repression, of fear. Lesia Maruschak’s installations reclaim individual memory and, in claiming for herself a personal, familial history, transcends the self to articulate our collective history; her tears become our tears causing the oceans to rise at first imperceptibly and then in a torrent of “inconvenient truths.”
This competition provides both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.
The expressive arts use imagery, storytelling, movement, music, drama, poetry, dreamwork and visual arts, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development and healing.
The Smith Gallery and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts collaborate on biennial exhibitions of new work from the faculty in the Department of Art.
Artist Hui Chi Lee's site-specific Installation, Lian 連 Lian 鏈, on view now at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina - now extended through September 5, 2020.
Some behind-the-scenes content of the installation process for artist Hui Chi Lee's installation, Lian 連 Lian 鏈, on view now at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts until June 6, 2020.
People are by nature social beings. People need other people to survive, and as such they tend to perpetually seek social interactions. However, human relationships are inherently complex and multi-faceted. The ideology of Hui Chi Lee’s series, Lián 連 and Liàn 鏈 begins with a pair of Chinese homophones “Lián 連 and Liàn 鏈” that, depending on the context, mean either “to connect” or “to enchain.”
Frank Hursh has led a fascinating life dedicated to the arts and arts education. In recounting his first aesthetical experience in painting: “I don't know what it was that took me back to that little room where (Rufino) Tamayo’s exhibit was, but I went back a little bit later and sat for about four hours in that room viewing Tamayo’s paintings. I absolutely left with tears in my eyes and that was the very first time that I had ever had really an aesthetic feeling of what paintings could do.”
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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