It’s Back: The Appalachian State University Art Department Biennial Opens February 5; Expanding Beyond Boone
It’s not the kind of thing that happens every year, so when the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts offers the public a comprehensive glimpse into the ordinarily private, multidisciplinary studios of Appalachian State University’s Art Department, it’s always a cause for celebration. This year, the Faculty Art Biennial expands the party beyond its usual venues in Boone, with a satellite exhibition at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center in Hiddenite, NC.
A collaboration between the Smith Gallery and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the Appalachian State University Faculty Biennial offers community engagement with creative and scholarly research while also initiating critical dialogue about the nature of contemporary art. The exhibition provides students with the chance to interact in new ways with familiar faculty. For other faculty and staff at Appalachian State University—as well as the everyday citizens of Boone and beyond—the Biennial is a rare chance to engage with the creative ideas and art practices currently being explored and taught within the university.