Creativity. Expression. Art.
“The arts take us away from the day-to-day while also highlighting what the day-to-day actually is for our generation... in a sense, recording our history and explaining the unexplainable.” - Dianna Loughlin, senior art management major and former Looking Glass Gallery curator
The arts are an important aspect of Appalachian State University’s campus. The university hosts diverse and vibrant arts programs that enrich and preserve the cultural and intellectual climate of the campus and region – expanding students’ minds, deepening their understanding of the world and encouraging creative thinking.
“The arts inspire creativity and imagination, which are vital skills that should be used even when you are an adult. By implementing creativity, you discover new approaches to problem solving,” said senior studio arts major Katherine Kutrubs.
The breadth and quality of the university’s artistic programming is matched only by the free or affordable tickets prices made possible through local corporate and media sponsorships. A shared belief that the arts improve a community’s quality of life and should be accessible to all has kept ticket prices a third to a quarter of what concertgoers might pay for the same performances in bigger cities. Audience members, thereby, can see the world’s best performers without leaving home.
The university celebrates student art, too. Their endeavors are showcased in buildings across Appalachian’s campus, including Plemmons Student Union, which has its own student-run art gallery. Additionally, WASU, Appalachian’s radio station and winner of mtv’s 2012 College Radio Woodie Award, features works of student and local artists on student-hosted shows.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents more than just exhibits of local, regional and international artists. It also hosts student-only events such as Art Bash and Tuesdays at Turchin.
The Turchin Center will host a second Art Bash on April 18. The inaugural Art Bash last fall drew approximately 250 students. Galleries were open late for students to explore the artwork in facility’s six galleries, as well as enjoy free food, live music, dancing, raffles and a photo booth.
Tuesdays at Turchin offers a Tai Chi class in the galleries at 5 p.m. and an Open Studio from 7-9 p.m. in the center’s studio classroom. Both are free for Appalachian students. Students can either bring in their own projects to work on in a studio space or participate in an artist instructed class on a specific topic.
Appalachian Popular Programming Society (A.P.P.S)
The student-run Appalachian Popular Programming Society (A.P.P.S.) brings a large amount of Appalachian’s entertainment. Past performers include: Ron White, Lewis Black, Willie Nelson, Colbie Caillat, Dave Matthews, Chicago, Sister Hazel, Allison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Outkast, Ben Folds, North Mississippi Allstars, Drive By Truckers, Lonestar, Nappy Roots, Black Eyed Peas, Jimmy Fallon, David Spade, Vertical Horizon and John Mayer.
A.P.P.S. programs events are held at Legends, I.G. Greer Auditorium, Plemmons Student Union, Farthing Auditorium, Crossroads Coffeehouse, Holmes Convocation Center, Greenbriar Theater and Varsity Gym.
Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance enrolls about 130 majors and presents a theatre or dance performance nearly every weekend.
- Feb. 13-17 – “The Glass Menagerie”
- Feb. 27-March 2 – Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble
- April 24-28 – “Madwoman of Chaillot”
A new musical theatre club offers students of all majors a creative outlet.
Additionally, a variety of workshops are offered by the department for students, faculty and the local community. These workshops provide opportunities for pre-service artists and teachers to become more dynamic artists and educators and are often facilitated by guest artists, faculty, staff and students.
Performing Arts Series
The Performing Arts Series presents experiences designed to enhance students’ education by connecting the live performance experience to the classroom curriculum. Community members regard the series as an important element of the region’s quality of life. Performances are often sold out.
- Jan. 22 – An Evening with Maya Angelou
- April 5-7 – “Dido an Aenas” by Henry Purcell and “Bastien und Bastienne” by W.A. Mozart
- April 16 – An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guest
Past Performing Arts Series events include Del McCoury & Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance of “Moulin Rouge – The Ballet” andKansas performing with The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra.
Looking Glass Gallery
The Looking Glass Gallery allocates exhibition space in Plemmons Student Union so the campus community can experience works of art created by Appalachian students, as well as alumni, faculty and staff.
Artists submit exhibition proposals for review by the Looking Glass Gallery Committee to be considered for a show. The gallery also curates juried exhibitions and competitions.
“The arts are important because they are an individual’s extension and expression of who they are. It’s the best way to get to know people and their personality, whatever that may be.”
– Jeff Peterson, senior public relations major and A.P.P.S Concerts chairperson
“Art inspires the uninspired. Art is and always will be the truest form of expression and creativity.”
– Tiffany Teague, senior political science major