As part of Appalachian State University, the Turchin Center is an important resource for the campus community. The arts play a vital role in the development of creative and critical potential and in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture. Interaction with the arts at the Turchin Center provides education and enrichment to students, faculty and staff across university departments.

Connections: Exhibition Guides

Connections: Exhibit Guides are a comprehensive visitor resource that provides insight into the exhibitions in the galleries. They can be used in conjunction with a visit to the galleries or for those who are visiting remotely, as a guide for independent study. The guides include extensive information and images of the exhibition including the artist’s biography and statement, video links and provocations. Exhibition guides are provided in an interactive pdf format located in the exhibitions section of this website. The current and archived exhibition guides are also available below.

For more information, please contact the education staff at the Turchin Center:
Christy Chenausky, Director of Arts Education and Outreach:

Current Connections: Exhibition Guides


Past Exhibition Guides


ARTtalks / Artist's Spotlight Series

ARTtalks are talks led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners. These talks provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.

The Artist Spotlight Series is part of An Appalachian Summer Festival and features interesting and informative virtual programming that provides a behind-the-scenes view of the festival’s offerings in the visual arts, music, theater and dance. 

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Jun 02, 2023 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Turchin Center Lecture Hall Cost: FREESigne Stuart's beautiful exhibition, Flux, will close June 3, 2023.  Join the artist for a virtual presentation in the Turchin Center lecture hall at […]

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Jul 06, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nina Elder, CranesLocation: TCVA Lecture Hall   Cost: FREE Passage/Time Pieces consists of an installation by Nina Elder and an  installation of original music by Michael Harrison in collaboration musicians Elliot […]

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University Faculty and Student Tours

The Turchin Center welcomes classes for free tours of all open galleries during regular operating hours. The staff can customize the tour to meet the needs of the course work of the students. Availability is based on staff and exhibition schedules and capacity may be limited. Please complete and submit this form at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date. Inquires can be directed to Christy Chenausky at

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Rosen Self-Guided Tour

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is a national juried sculpture competition. Each year, 10 contemporary American sculptures are selected and installed in locations on the university campus. A self-guided walking tour map, a learning guide and QR codes on the signage adjacent to each sculpture provides in-depth information about the sculptures and artists who made them. The walking tour map is available at the front desk or can be found here along with the learning guide and a link to a video tour.

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Virtual Gallery Tours

Take a journey through the galleries of the Turchin Center via video walk-throughs and artist interviews that tell stories and provide insight into the compelling and diverse artwork featured in the galleries. You can also view our Youtube Virtual Tour Playlist.

Phoenix by Rudy Rudisill


We’ve gone virtual! Artists of all skill levels are invited to take a break, practice some self-care and explore their inner artist with a workshop. Energize your creative side and gain newfound techniques or polish existing skills. Often, workshops incorporate topics, techniques and mediums inspired by current exhibitions in the galleries of the Turchin Center.

Advanced registration is required. For additional information or to register, please call 828-262-3017. Details are subject to change with minimal notice. If changes occur, registered students will be contacted with updates.

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Partner with TCVA on Special Projects

The Turchin Center education staff is available to discuss special class projects or partnerships. Please contact Christy Chenausky, Director of Arts Education and Outreach 828-262-6084, ext. 109.

Work at the Turchin Center

The Turchin Center team seeks to hire friendly, dynamic and talented individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds. The center offers several part-time employment opportunities for students that support Appalachian’s commitment to academic integrity by providing:

  • Individualized, hands-on training in a real-world setting;
  • Leadership roles on integrated projects with visual arts programming;
  • Career enhancement through training opportunities and mentoring;
  • Opportunities for internships, volunteering, research and special projects;
  • Valuable interaction with contemporary artists and arts professionals.
  • A resume and cover letter are requested from all applicants. Cover letters should directly address your interest in working for the Turchin Center, why you would make an excellent addition to our team and specifically the areas in which you may be interested in working. Areas include” Gallery Ambassadors (visitor relations and security), collections, exhibition assistants and general office assistant.