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Bardo Arts Center Blog

Explore our blog to discover upcoming events and experiences from the WCU Fine Art Museum and the Bardo Arts Center (BAC) Performance Hall

Young boys run through a Dominican sugar cane field

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Enjoy 10 free documentary films from the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, connecting documentary filmmakers and their impactful work with audiences throughout the South.   

Music and light show in Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall called Seeing Sound

Seeing Sound: A Musical Journey of Water and Light

If you could see sound, what would you see? Bardo Arts Center answers that question with, Seeing Sound: A Musical Journey of Water and Light. This immersive sensory experience synthesizes live music into light that is reflected through water, projecting ripples of color into the space.  

Bardo Arts Center Staff Holding American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Award

American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.   

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American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.  

African American man on ground with a weight tied to his leg with chains that he is dragging

Jefferson Pinder: Selections from the Inertia Cycle

The five video performances included in Jefferson Pinder: Selections from the Inertia Cycle, 2003-2014 focus on themes of labor and endurance with metaphoric references to African American identity, history, and experience.  

WCU Fine Art Museum Contemporary Clay Exhibition

Contemporary Clay 2021

Back for its next iteration, Contemporary Clay 2021 gathers artists from a variety of backgrounds who push boundaries on topics including race, culture, sexuality, gender, and class. Guest curated by Heather Mae Erickson, Associate Professor of Ceramics at WCU, Contemporary Clay surveys the ever-expanding field of American-made ceramics. The exhibition encourages viewers to consider the concepts, processes, and context of clay in contemporary art.   

Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium with three individuals looking at the Cherokee Syllabary without translation

Cherokee Exhibit Grant Announcement

The Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center is honored to announce an $88,050 grant award from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The grant supports a permanent interpretive exhibit that promotes the sharing and teaching of Cherokee language and culture through programming developed in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) community.  

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.  

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