Our exhibitions illustrate mountain societies and the natural world, past and present. Temporary exhibits have been produced around such themes as blacksmithing, Cherokee myths and legends, and southern Appalachian handicrafts. Traveling exhibits look at North Carolina's State Dog, explorer William Bartram, and the tradition of Decoration Day.
MHC Gallery at Hunter Library 161
M – F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, through Feb 27 - May 31, 2017
H. F. Robinson Building first floor
Western Carolina University: The Progress of an Idea
Traces Robert Lee Madison's "Cullowhee Idea" from 1889 to the present. Highlights WCU's continuing mission of regional service.
Handed On: Three Generations of Corn Shuck Artists
6 lobby cases feature the work of Frances Nicholson, Annie Lee Bryson, and Lori Anderson, showing the transition of corn shuck crafts from items of necessity to art form.
2 lobby other cases feature the Mountain Heritage Award winners for 2016: George Frizzell and Dogwood Crafters.
Online Exhibits (open in a new window)
- Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present
- Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma
- MHC Quilts at the Quilt Index
- Nantahala Power & Light
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual: Tradition and Innovation
Horace Kephart in the Great Smoky MountainsSee images of artifacts and panels from the traveling exhibit Bartram's Journey: The 1775 Journey of William Bartram to Western North Carolina Read a description of the original exhibit from 2007, see page 6 of the Reporter pdf. Decoration Day in the Mountains Read a description of the original exhibit. The traveling exhibit does not include artifacts. Our State Dog: North Carolina's Plott Hound Read a description of the original exhibit. The traveling exhibit does not include artifacts.