The Turchin Center

The Turchin Center

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is the largest visual arts center in northwestern North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Exhibits 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. The Turchin Center presents 24 visual arts exhibitions annually, in addition to year-round arts education programming for children and adults in its Arnold P. Rosen Family Education Wing.


An integral part of Appalachian State University, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts employs vibrant programming combined with a casual and approachable attitude to engage students and visitors through its role as a key cultural, educational, economic and service resource. 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.

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. This is supported by the belief that sharing these opportunities with residents and visitors is important service to the cultural life of their community and region. Now more than ever, the challenges of the future will require great minds; and that means thinking creatively as well as critically. The Turchin 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 center has been nationally recognized by organizations such as The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts that supported the center through exhibition grants and through a gift of artworks by Warhol. Building upon its early successes, the center is poised to move forward in making a difference within the campus and community through the visual arts.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 West King Street
ASU Box 32139
Boone, NC 28608
Telephone: +1 (828) 262-3017
Fax: +1 (828) 262-7546

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