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Bardo Arts Center Blog

Bardo Arts Center turns 15 this year! Celebrate by exploring our blog to discover upcoming events and experiences from the WCU Fine Art Museum and the Bardo Arts Center (BAC) Performance Hall. Learn about exhibitions, film screenings, and other opportunities. Please note: Bardo Arts Center is now open to the general public. Find visiting guidelines at arts.wcu.edu/reopening.

lydia see, Whitewashing the News, 2019-2020, newspaper, scrap paper, plaster mold dimensions variable.

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2021

Featuring MFA candidates from the WCU School of Art and Design, the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition showcases work in a variety of media and surveys a range of conceptual themes and creative approaches that characterize the global cultural landscape and contemporary art practice. Exhibiting artists include Perry Houlditch, Mo Kessler, lydia see, and Lex Turnbull.  

Water for Thought Installation View in the WCU Fine Art Museum

Water for Thought

Inspired by the campus theme, this exhibition features images of riverscapes, ocean expanses, and underwater immersion as a means for contemplating the arresting visual qualities and political dimensions of water.  

Picture Character Promo Poop Rock

Picture Character

The rapid rise 📈 of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global 🌍 phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji's place as an emerging digital language 🗣, but prompted difficult questions 🤔 about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties 😣 to identity and inclusion. In PICTURE CHARACTER, Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers 👀 on a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan 󾓥 to mobile keyboards 📱 the world 🌎 over, and shed fresh light 💡 on the private consortium 👥 that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting ✊ to make the language more representative of its billions of users.  

Alex Stamouli, Melting, 2020, digital animation, dimensions variable

53rd Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

Western Carolina University’s Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is one of the longest-running Catamount art traditions. This exhibition is an extraordinary opportunity for emerging artists to share their artwork with a larger public and to enhance their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting. Entries are reviewed by an outside art professional who selects the works for exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum. Selected works will be on view at the Museum from February 16 through March 19, 2021.   

Mildred Thompson vitreographs at the WCU Fine Art Museum

Mildred Thompson: Helio Centric

Sunspot activity and cosmic movements fascinated Mildred Thompson, and she used these ideas as a jumping point to develop the abstract visual language for this series of vitreographs.  

Museum Tour Still

Interactive 360° Tour

Take the interactive 360° virtual tour of the WCU Fine Art Museum. Explore the main gallery exhibition and other exhibitions currently on display, along with a selection of past exhibition tours.   

Gallery shot from the Contemporary Clay: A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics, Fall 2016

Exhibition History

Explore many of our past exhibitions and access a downloadable listing of WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions from our opening year in 2005 to the present.  

WCU Fine Art Museum Cultivating Collections Exhibition with Colorful paintings visible of different sizes

Bardo Arts Center receives NC Arts Council Grant

Bardo Arts Center is pleased to announce a $7,5000 grant award from the NC Arts Council to support operations this fiscal year. The grant will specifically be used to support the WCU Fine Art Museum's new Collections Management System…  

Nicole Brewer

Anti-Racist Arts Workshop

Nicole Brewer, creator of Conscientious Theatre Training and originator of the Anti-Racist Theatre (A.R.T.) movement is teaching her unique approach which blends anti-racist theory, social justice, collectivism, healing justice and theatre exercises for an embodied understanding of racism and our agency to become anti-racist.  

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