As the premiere venue for contemporary art in the region, the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is the cultural heart for creative arts in Western North Carolina. Serving as a catalyst to celebrate and preserve the artistic legacy of the area, our approach is diverse, educational, and multi-disciplinary. We strive to act as an incubator and laboratory for emerging and established artists, and are dedicated to collecting, interpreting and showcasing cross-cultural innovation in contemporary art.
January 17 - May 5, 2017
Curated by Dr. Stephanie Beck Cohen, Soft Diplomacy explores quilts made in Liberia, West Africa, and gifted across the Atlantic Ocean as part of cultural diplomacy with the United States. Soft Diplomacy demonstrates the strength, endurance, and changing nature of textiles and the relationships between the women who make them, their patrons, and collaborators.
Reception: February 9th from 5-7PM
January 17 – March 24, 2017
Drawn from the permanent collection of the WCU Fine Art Museum, this exhibition celebrates the contributions of women painters from across the southeastern United States. Among others, artists featured include Margaret Curtis, Mary Althea Parker, and Connie Bostic.
More information coming soon. For details about our other exhibitions click below.
With nearly 10,000 feet of gallery space, the WCU Fine Art Museum features a growing permanent collection and an exciting exhibition schedule of contemporary art. Explore on your own or join a docent-led tour for an interactive art adventure.
The WCU Fine Art Museum serves as a learning laboratory, stressing exploration while challenging contemporary artists to create new art forms, utilizing both conventional tools and processes as well as new modes of expression and state-of-the-art technology.
We facilitate scholarly research, interactive art education, academic curriculum support, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration, and life-long learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The WCU Fine Art Museum provides visitors with opportunities to join the ongoing dialogue about contemporary art and its diverse forms and processes. Exhibitions act as a vehicle for communication and serves as a bridge between contemporary artwork.