10 Years of Turchin
The decade has treated it well.
It’s been 10 years since the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts opened the doors to the six-gallery space contemporary art museum, bridging the gap between the campus of Appalachian State University and downtown Boone.
To celebrate, the Turchin Center will host a “birthday party” for the center on Friday, May 3, as a part of Downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl. The event is free and open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. and will pay a special tribute to patrons Robert and Lillian Turchin.
Live music will come courtesy of Todd Wright and Andy Page. ASU theater and dance professor Sherone Price and the African Dance Ensemble will also perform during the event.
Limited-edition prints by artist Tim Turner will be on sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Turchin Center. Only 50 have been printed in honor of the 10th anniversary. The cost of the print is $225, and framing options are available. For more information on Turner’s print, visit http://tcva.org/news/2013/04/1026.
The current exhibitions that will be on display for the event are “International Focus Series I-V: V. Polish Artists Group Exhibition,” the 10th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, “Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth: An Exploration of Ukara,” “Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Memories” and BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Spring 2013. For more information about these exhibitions, visit http://tcva.org/exhibitions.
Over the last 10 years, the Turchin Center has featured more than 205 exhibitions to date. This includes a combination of local, regional, national and international exhibitions. More than 65 percent of the exhibitions that have been featured at the center have been by local or regional artists.
The Turchin Center’s permanent collection houses more than 1,600 works of art, with the largest amount of works by a single artist being by Andy Warhol. The center is also home to the largest collection of Inuit art in the United States, thanks to a continuing donation by Dr. H.G. Jones.
Since opening in May 2003, annual visitation to the Turchin Center has increased by 42 percent. An average of 1,000 visitors attend the center’s exhibition celebrations during First Friday Art Crawls throughout the year. These celebrations feature live music, a cash bar and a chance to view the artwork the day the exhibition opens.
The Outreach Program at the Turchin Center spans throughout many platforms around the campus and community. The vast community outreach programs with which the center is involved include Hospitality House of Boone, Mountain Cares Assisted Living Facility and area public schools.
In addition, the Turchin Center hosts workshops for kids, older teens and adults year-round. Programs for Appalachian students have also grown over the last few years, expanding to student-only events hosted by the Turchin Center, as well as free tai chi lessons and open studio time every Tuesday.
About the TCVA
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.
The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted.
For more information about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, call (828) 262-3017, or visit http://www.tcva.org.