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The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, North Carolina welcomes visitors to experience the arts through quiet contemplation, engaging discussion, dynamic tours, festive exhibition celebrations, enlightening art talks, or creative art workshops. Admission is always FREE.
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The Turchin Center galleries are open to the public Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Fridays from Noon – 8 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.


The Turchin Center features two wings and six dynamic galleries with changing exhibitions of contemporary art works by national and international artists, as well as the finest local artists of our region. Outdoor sculptures are located across the Appalachian State University campus.

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Turchin Center Events


ARTtalks, art workshops and lunch & learn programs supplement and enrich the exhibitions in the galleries. Exhibition Celebrations and First Friday Art Crawls are an opportunity for art lovers to meet the artists, enjoy a cocktail, hear live music and explore one of the most exciting venues in town. The Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror, held each summer during An Appalachian Summer Festival, is a chance to experience the winning sculptures of the annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition.


A variety of exhibitions and programs provide opportunities for visitors to learn about the arts and the world around them. The Turchin Center has reopened to the public, however, those not ready to visit can explore the walk-through videos, ARTtalks and learning guides available on-line. Educators are invited to use the Turchin Center as a resource in their classrooms. For more information about guided tour opportunities, visit the Learn page.



Appalachian State University acknowledges the Indigenous peoples who are the original inhabitants of the lands on which our campus is located. The Cherokee, Catawba and other Indigenous peoples left their mark as hunters, healers, traders, travelers, farmers and villagers long before the university was established. We understand the historical connection our university has with these Indigenous communities and commit to creating spaces for collaboration and strengthening support structures to build a more equitable future together.