Mission statement

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.

Vision statement

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.

Core beliefs

  • 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.

Artist opportunities

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts offers multiple exhibition and programming opportunities for established, as well as emerging artists. Learn more

Facility rental program

The Turchin Center facility offers opportunities to host special events. Learn more

Artwork appraisals

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts does not provide artwork appraisals. However, the following organizations can direct you to an appraiser in your region:

Appraisers Association of America

386 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-889-5404
Fax: 212-889-5503

International Society of Appraisers

303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3396
Phone: 312-981-6778
Fax: 312-265-2908

American Society of Appraisers

555 Herndon Pkwy, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
Toll-Free: 800-272-8258
Phone: 703-478-2228
Fax: 703-742-8471


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


Plan a visit to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Get directions, find out where to park, learn about guided tours and more. Learn more

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


Meet the people of the Turchin Center. Learn more

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

Employment opportunities

Find current listings of available positions as well as employment opportunities for students that support Appalachian's academic integrity. Learn more

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Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
ASU Box 32139
Boone, NC 28608

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