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Article Published: Mar. 22, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 7, 2012
‘STUFF’ and more at Turchin Center

‘Works Using Recycled Bottles’ by Bryant Holsenbeck
Image courtesy of the artist

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is welcoming the spring season with the celebration of three new exhibitions on Friday, April 6, as part of Downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to take their first look at the current exhibitions on display, meet some of the artists, listen to live music by The Lucky Strikes and enjoy a beverage from the cash bar. A special “donors only” preview will be held prior to the reception, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The new exhibitions being celebrated on April 6 are the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition, “STUFF: Where does it come from and where does it go?” by Bryant Holsenbeck and “Reflections on Costa Rica: Students & Faculty Creatively Respond to an International Travel Experience.”

North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship is in galleries A and B, West Wing, and Bryant Holsenbeck’s “STUFF” exhibition will be in the Mayer Gallery, West Wing. Both exhibitions will be on display through July 28.

“Reflections on Costa Rica” will be in the Community Gallery, East Wing, through June 2. Continuing exhibitions include the ninth Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition & Exhibition (Mezzanine Gallery through June 2) and “Robert Goodnough: Abstract Expressionism & Beyond” (Main Gallery through June 2).

NCAC Artist Fellowship

The North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition showcases 16 of the 18 artists in North Carolina who were awarded the 2010-11 N.C. Artist Fellowship Award last year.

The awards were in the categories of choreography, craft, film and video and visual arts. Each of the artists received a $10,000 fellowship, and, according to Mary B. Regan, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council, “these grants give artists a chance to deepen their work and explore new ground.”
For a list of the 2010-11 recipients, visit

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck is bringing her “trash” to Appalachian State to use in an installation project that will encourage reflection and raise awareness of environmental issues.

In the exhibition, “STUFF: Where does it come from and where does it go?,” Holsenbeck will create a major installation in the Turchin Center’s Mayer Gallery in partnership with the Catherine J. Smith Gallery, using recycled materials collected by various community and campus partners.

Holsenbeck’s residency will include workshops, classroom visits and many volunteer opportunities. For more information on this exhibition and how to get involved, visit or email (

This project is funded in part by Appalachian’s Sustainability Council Competitive Arts Grant.

‘Reflections on Costa Rica’

“Reflections on Cost Rica” features artwork created by the students and faculty members who participated in a study abroad opportunity between Appalachian State University and various institutions in Costa Rica.

The exhibition will also host a guest artist from Costa Rica, Priscilla Romero Cubero.

In June 2011, the students and faculty members who attended the trip were able to participate in hands-on workshops in photography, printmaking and mixed media throughout Costa Rica, traveling extensively through the country and visiting different cities and national parks. For more information on this exhibition, visit

Related Events

March 21: Lunch and Learn with AMPC Jurors
March 28-April 6: Artist Residency: Bryant Holsenbeck
March 28: North Carolina Arts Council Round Table Presentation
April 6: Blazing Easels, workshop for children (
April 18: Lunch and Learn about Costa Rica Exhibition
April 25: North Carolina Arts Council Round Table Presentation

About the TCVA

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 gratefully accepted.

For more information about the Turchin Center, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

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