The Fine Art Museum collecting mission reflects the curricular focus of the School of Art and Design, while fulfilling its dual role as a university art museum, museum collections and temporary exhibitions respond to the inter-disciplinary and programmatic interest campus-wide and regional communities. The Fine Arts Museum serves as a cultural catalyst to celebrate and preserve the artistic legacy of the Western North Carolina region with a developing focus to collect, interpret and showcase innovation in contemporary art of high artistic merit.
The Fine Art Museum collections feature mid-century and Contemporary Art since 1945 primarily but not limited to American artists, prints and drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textile, photography and book arts. Featured collecting areas are American, International, and contemporary Native American art, primarily the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, as well as innovative work by contemporary artists representing other Tribal affiliations nationwide. The digitation of the Fine Art Museum collections in an ongoing process. We welcome you to visit a selection of images of the permanent collection by clicking on "Explore Art Collections" below.