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

Artist opportunities

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