A Room with a View
If you’ve visited Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts this semester, you’ve probably noticed that the Carroll Gallery, that little space to the left of the gallery’s reception desk, has been transformed into a retro-yet-futuristic living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in copious amounts of natural light, while parabolic curves dominate the seating areas and light fixtures.
You half expect to find George and Jane Jetson holding court, mixing atomic martinis for guests.
But just what is this living room doing in an art gallery? Is it an installation or permanent change to the room?
“This project allowed the Turchin Center to be a client for the Department of Technology and Environmental Design’s Interior Design for the senior studio students,” said Megan Stage, publicity and marketing specialist for the ASU Office of Arts and Cultural Programs.
“We ‘hired’ them to redesign the space as a multi-purpose room that included individual and group study, soft seating, retail space and an alternative art and display space.”
According to Stage, 13 groups of design students each presented their versions of what the Carroll Gallery space would look like. The Turchin Center staff then chose their favorite design.
“After two years, the Turchin Center secured a gift and materials to complete the redesign,” Stage said. “The physical plant (staff) did almost all of the work for the space, and the center’s staff outfitted the room with furniture from Ikea. We tried to stick with the original designs chosen for the space when possible.”
Stage noted that the space is available for rent for various purposes during times when the Turchin gallery is open. Or people can just stop by and use the new room to read or relax.
“We wanted this space to be a great escape for students and community members,” Stage said. “Because the Turchin Center links the campus with the community, we wanted to create a space where people could feel inspired and comfortable to read, study or relax. We have thoroughly enjoyed the transformation of the space and hope that the students and community members use it to its full potential.”
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit http://www.turchincenter.org.