After nearly twenty years of hosting Outdoor Sculpture
Competitions, Western Carolina University is now taking the next
step in its commitment to the research of contemporary public art.
Western Carolina University is implementing an exciting
Public Art Master Plan in conjunction with the current Campus
Master Plan. The following is a description of the Public Art
Campus Master Plan and the implementation process.
Art Master Plan
The Western Carolina University Art Master
Plan is a mapped and written program of art location, requirements,
and process that reflect the history and identity of the campus and
community. Specific sites for art are established based on current
campus development, existing elements, and historical significance.
The art placed in these sites are programmed through several
approval and requirement processes to:
- Enhance the Location Aesthetically
- Engage the Viewer
- Emit Historical, Present Day and/or Future Significance
The Public Art Master Plan developed for Western
Carolina University is a collaborative effort between Woolpert,
Inc., the Fine Art Museum and School of Art & Design,
Facilities Management and University Administration. The Fine Art
Museum, in conjunction with the Cherokee Heritage and Fitness Trail
opportunities helped to shape the overall Western Carolina
University Public Art Master Plan by incorporating public art with
the historical heritage and fitness trail installation. Both
programs bring the uniqueness of the campus to life while enhancing
the public's awareness of art.
The intention of the Western Carolina Arts
Master Plan is to increase public access to public art on campus.
The art itself will allow viewers a true sense of the campus from
past, present, and future. The master plan encompasses a collective
system of art separated into five types:
- Permanent Art
- Temporary Art
- Neighborhood Art
- Themed Art
- Heritage Trail Art
Location and types of these art pieces are predetermined and
planned in correlation with both the existing campus and with the
future campus development to ensure vitality through the campus'
As the Public Art Master Plan moves forward, stay tuned to
this website for information regarding upcoming Calls to Artists.