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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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