The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts fulfills Appalachian State University's long-held mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The center is the largest facility of its kind in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, and is named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin. Featuring two wings of exhibition and support space and the Arnold P. Rosen Family Education Wing, the center is located on King Street in the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina.
The Turchin Center's exhibitions focus on a blend of new and historically important artwork and feature works of nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as many of the finest artists of the region. However, the Turchin Center is more than a facility devoted solely to the viewing of art. With its multi-faceted programs the center is a dynamic, living, breathing presence in the Appalachian community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts.
The Turchin Center is a department of Appalachian State University and is housed in the Office of University Communications and Cultural Affairs. The university has a long history of recognizing the importance of and supporting the arts, but we also depend on community support—through participation, memberships, and donations. To provide increased accessibility for the Appalachian community, the center is free and open to the public.
Since opening in 2003, the center has built upon Appalachian's longstanding belief that access and interaction with great arts programming is an important part of a great university education. Learn more
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The Permanent Collection
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Permanent Collection supports the mission of the center and the university by acquiring, documenting, preserving and exhibiting artworks of aesthetic, cultural and historic significance. Learn more
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TCVA Advisory Board
Since its opening in 2003, the TCVA Advisory Board has been a stalwart supporter and integral to the center’s growth and achievements. Learn more
Facility rental program
The Turchin Center facility offers opportunities to host special events. Learn more
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts offers multiple exhibition and programming opportunities for established, as well as emerging artists. Learn more
Find current listings of available positions as well as employment opportunities for students that support Appalachian's academic integrity. Learn more
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors from the university, community, nation and beyond in creating unique experiences through dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them.
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts will continue to be an engaging and accessible resource responding to diverse educational, cultural and health needs by meeting participants wherever they are in their personal relationship with the visual arts and providing them with opportunities to access the power of the arts to help learn, grow and heal.
- Interaction with the arts enriches participants’ lives through experiences that are both educational & therapeutic, and encourages recognition of the personal and societal importance of the arts.
- The arts play vital roles in the development of creative and critical potential, and in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture.
- The arts have important educational, cultural, health and economic roles in communities.
- The center should be accessible to the community and offer opportunities to personally discover and engage in the arts in ways that empower ownership.
- The center is stronger by building partnerships within the university and with key local education, social service, and economic agencies.
- The center’s programs should reflect global diversity.
- The center’s unique model of campus and community interaction leads to a program that enhances the regional, national and international reputation of Appalachian State University.
Connecting campus and community
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.