Artist Workshops, Artist Retreats Workshops
Art Trips + 
held in inspiring locations,
nationally and internationally

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is:
To create vibrant arts learning communities with workshops taught by exceptional instructors at inspiring locations, from the mountains of Western North Carolina to sites across the country and the world.

Come. Learn. Create. Collaborate - We invite you to join us!

Our Venues and Programs:
  • The Summer Arts Workshop Series is a three-week annual event with 12 visual art workshops taught by artist-instructors of national/international reputations. Held on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University, in the Blue Ridge mountains, our Summer Arts Workshop Series attracts artists from all points in the US and abroad. During each week-long immersion participants learn new concepts and techniques, share thoughts and ideas, and enjoy artist presentations, museum talks at the Fine Art Museum, and after-hours studio time. Participants find a like-minded community of passionate learners and can focus entirely on developing new work where their daily concerns are left behind.
  • The workshops at the Clancy Building Studio are in the charming and historic downtown of Snow Hill on the eastern shore of Maryland. The lovely Pocomoke River runs through the town and the Assateague Bay is a 5-minute drive from downtown. Enjoy the same level of workshop artist/instructors in this lovely destination that feels set back in time. Workshops begin with an opening reception and artist presentation followed by a group dinner and end with a gathering to re-cap and think forward."

At Cullowhee Mountain Arts we know the immense benefit of finding time to be in a nurturing environment - one where no expectations are placed upon you and you have unfettered time to create, learn, and explore new environments. We have created what we call “whole artist” experiences Workshop + Retreat hosted annually in two geographically gorgeous locations: Lake Logan Conference Center, just outside the town of Canton, North Carolina (in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina) and The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico (in the northern mountains of New Mexico).
Our artists and instructors love the combination of Learning and Travel. Each year CMA selects international destinations where students from many points on the globe gather to learn and explore in beautiful locations. This year join us in  January or February in Takapuna, in Auckland, New Zealand (which is summer in NZ) in partnership with Takapuna Art Supplies in their Studio-Classroom. In September CMA will host Lisa Pressman in Durfort, France, in partnership with La Cascade.
  • January Workshops taught by award winning illustrator & fine artist, William Maughan: "Portrait and the Figure - Drawing Workshop," January 8-12, "Plein Air Pastel - Landscape on the North Island," January 15 - 19. ­­­(all the details)
  • February Workshops taught by renowned artist and instructor, Pamela Caughey: "Powerful Design, Personal Color in Cold Wax/Oil Painting" February 11 - 15 & February 18 - 22  (all the details)
  • September workshop taught by Internationally recognized artist Lisa Pressman:

       "Art-making: Travel as Source," September 11 - 18. (all the details)

Cullowhee Mountain Arts (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes and offers a wide range of workshop experiences in the Visual Arts.  


 Up Coming Workshops:
Artist Retreat + Workshop or Open Studio : October 25 - 30
Alice Ballard: 
Ceramics & 
Drawing Workshop 
Open Studio Option (read more)
Spaces Still Available

At Lake Logan Conference Center,
Canton, North Carolina