CULLOWHEE - The Western Carolina University Fine and Performing Arts Center announces the launch of its official Web site, .

The site provides information on the inaugural season of performances, the collections and exhibitions of the Fine Art Museum, educational programs, and the Graham Gund building design. Information also is available on membership, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

As a prelude to a gallery visit, Fine Art Museum Director Martin DeWitt has displayed some of the works of art on the Web site. Visitors to the site will enjoy a taste of major works, new acquisitions, and portfolios by noted 20th-century and Native American artists.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer online visitors immediate access to this exciting inaugural season and the fantastic array of arts and cultural activities at Western,” said DeWitt.

Jay Leno, comedian and host of NBC's “The Tonight Show,” will christen the Fine and Performing Arts Center with a performance at the grand gala opening Saturday, Oct. 22.

Following the gala, a full series of entertainment is scheduled for the year including performances by the world-famous Atlanta Ballet and The United States Marine Band. The Fine Art Museum inaugural exhibition “Worldviews” will showcase Western's growing fine art collection October through December.

“The Fine and Performing Arts Center will be a major educational resource to the region and will promote the economic, cultural and community development of Western North Carolina,” said Paul Lormand, director of the Arts Center.

For more information, visit the official Web site at .

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