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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.  

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.  

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.  

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