BOONE, N.C. — Since the temporary closure of Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) due to restrictions associated with COVID-19, TCVA staff has worked to ensure the Appalachian and greater communities have virtual access to arts programming and exhibitions.
“The arts provide us with perspective and help us remember what is important, meaningful and enduring, particularly during times of challenge,” said Denise Ringler, the university’s director of arts engagement and cultural resources. “It was important to the TCVA staff to find new and creative ways to share arts resources and connect with our patrons.”
TCVA is offering patrons a variety of opportunities to enjoy its exhibitions and activities from anywhere in the world.
The center hosts “Visual Journaling” and “Blazing Easels” workshops online via the TCVA Facebook page, and exhibitions — including “The Memory Project / Project Maria & Oh Canada: Lesia Muraschak” and the “17th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition,” among others — are available for viewing via the TCVA Flickr page.
Additionally, the staff created a series of videos that include walk-throughs of each gallery to give audiences an up-close experience of TCVA’s exhibitions, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of the “Lian 連 Lian 鏈” exhibition and an interview with its artist, Hui Chi Lee, assistant professor of studio art in Appalachian’s Department of Art.
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About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Located on 423 W. King St. at the crossroads of campus and community, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors in dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Learn more at https://tcva.appstate.edu/about/visit.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.