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Kate Chassner, (detail) How Much We Can Hold, canvas scraps, acrylic, house paint, image transfer, screen print, 48in x 60in.

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2022

Experience the culmination of three years of intense creative study and exploration in this exhibition highlighting artwork by graduating MFA students in the WCU School of Art and Design. Eli Blasko, Kate Chassner, Seth Echlin, and Kyle Kelsey share their visual, material, and conceptual insights in this year’s exhibition.   

The Neutral Ground Film Still feat. the film's director CJ Hunt

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

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

Raymond Baccari, Go-Between, Humans Excited About Being Human, Sound Installation 15’x15’

Raymond Baccari: Humans Excited About Being Human

Described by the artist as an “empathy machine,” this interactive, sonic installation by Raymond Baccari amplifies visitor heartbeats. Empowering visitors to listen to this steady pulse of life within themselves and others, Baccari’s work connects us with our own corporeality and our shared humanity.  

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.  

53rd Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition Installation View

54th 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.  

Kate Roberts wet clay piece

Kate Roberts: Between Thresholds III

On extended display from the Contemporary Clay 2021 exhibition, Kate Roberts’ Between Thresholds III contemplates the connection between the vulnerabilities of clay and the mortality of people, objects, and places.   

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”.   

The Peking Acrobats performing

The Peking Acrobats - POSTPONED

The 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.  

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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