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Bardo Arts Center

Art Unites. Creativity Ignites.

Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University is your cultural catalyst for the creative arts. Blaze artistic trails with our world-class performances and innovative contemporary art exhibitions.

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Educational Field Trips

Learn more about our educational offerings in the WCU Fine Art Museum and the BAC Performance Hall!

Bardo Arts Center

About Us

Home to Western Carolina University’s Performance Hall, Niggli Studio Theatre, and the WCU Fine Art Museum, Bardo Arts Center (BAC) enriches the vibrant artistic and cultural legacy of the Western North Carolina region. 

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Support BAC

Through visual and performing arts programming, we enhance both the campus and community experience by increasing engagement with the arts.

Curious Terrain

Museum Collection Portal

The WCU Fine Art Museum’s collection has developed as one of the premier teaching collections in Western North Carolina. The collection includes over 1,500 modern and contemporary works of art in a variety of media by regional, national, and international artists. 

Student opportunities

Student Opportunities and Employment

Stay tuned for information regarding our 54th Annual Juried Student Exhibition any WCU student can apply to be a part of. In addition, visit JobCat for a BAC student employment opportunities. 

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Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

The arts connect us all and WCU's College of Fine and Performing Arts brings together the traditions and resources of the region with the talent of our students to serve as the heart of art and culture in WNC.

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Friends of the Arts

Through initiatives to support scholarship opportunities, academic programming, and presenting world-class artists to the campus and community, Friends of the Arts raise funds to enhance student experience and engagement

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Arts and Entrepreneurship

The Undergraduate Certificate in Arts & Entrepreneurship addresses the principles of managing your arts career through an entrepreneurial lens. This program is designed for students wishing to increase their knowledge of entrepreneurial practices.

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