Artist Workshops, Artist Retreats + Workshops
and 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 
at inspiring locations, from the mountains of Western North Carolina 
across the country and the world.

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

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. Our “whole artist” experiences "Workshop + Retreat" are 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 ).

  • LAKE LOGAN, (2018 Lake Logan Retreats to be announced soon).
  • TAOS, APRIL 21 - 27, 2018 - Retreat + Workshop with internationally renown artist-instructor, Lisa Pressman.  (all the details)

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 at the Studio-Classrom at Takapuna Art Supplies. In September join Lisa Pressman along with Norma Hendrix in Durfort, France, for a travel workshop with lodging and studio at 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 offers a wide range of Visual Arts workshop experiences.

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