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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

Christopher Morgan, Cloud Telos Banner Graphic Design

BFA Portfolio Exhibition 2021

Experience work by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the WCU School of Art and Design. This exhibition highlights their comprehensive course of study at Western Carolina University and serves as a preface to their forthcoming careers as professional artists.  

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The Nutcracker, Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

The Ballet Conservatory returns for its 4th Nutcracker tour to Western Carolina University, in its 12th season. Their magically festive, full-length Nutcracker production, features professional classical dancers and the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville's celebrated company.  

Black Violin

Black Violin

Combining classical training and hip-hop influences, Black Violin creates a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as "classical boom". NPR took note and declared “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation”.   

Peking Acrobats performing

Peking Acrobats

Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control.  

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.  

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Screening

See this cult classic on the big screen in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall! Probably the oddest, most off-the-wall cult film ever made, this kinky rock'n'roll science fiction horror satire is everybody's favorite midnight show.  

Carrie Mae Weems, Color, Real, and Imagined

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

On February 1, 2021, the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will open Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. The exhibition includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality.  

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.   

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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