Art Workshops & Creative Writing Workshops
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 

 Artist Retreats and Creative Writing Retreats 
in Other Inspiring Locations. 

Cullowhee Mountain Arts (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes and offers a variety of workshop experiences in the Visual Arts and Creative Writing. 
Summer ARTS Workshop Series is a three week series of visual art workshops and creative writing workshops led by highly acclaimed and award-winning artists and writers. Held on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University, in the Blue Ridge mountains, our popular Summer Arts Workshop Series draws artists and  writers from all points in the US as well as attracting international students. 

CMA has also created a series of Retreats + Workshops held at remote partner sites such as "Lake Logan Retreat Center" Canton, NC, "The Mable Dodge Luhan House," Taos, New Mexico, "Clancy Studio," Snow Hill Maryland and other inspiring locations.

ART + TRIP events combine Workshops with Travel to an enriching destination - for 2017 it is New Zealand! (see details below)

 Come. Learn. Create. Collaborate

The Summer Arts Workshop Series; Creativity Nurtured in a Mountain Setting

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS "Summer ARTS Series", held at Western Carolina University runs from the week of June 11 through the week of June 25. The "Summer Arts Series" includes an exciting range of Art Workshops in Book Arts, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography and Creative Writing Workshops. During each week-long immersion, participants learn and discover new concepts in a setting that is surrounded by majestic mountains and summer botanicals. Imagine that you will be sharing ideas, meals, and outings with other artists and writers from around this country and from other parts of the globe. At  Cullowhee Mountain ARTS  you will find  a like-minded community of passionate learners, energized by instructors of national/international reputations. Students can focus entirely on developing new work where their  daily concerns are left behind.   More... 

Cullowhee is located  45 miles west of Asheville, the thriving arts community with downtown galleries, the Asheville Art Museum and  the River Arts District , where artists' working studios mingle with galleries and cafés  housed in the old warehouse  district. Nearby in Black Mountain is the site of the famous Black Mountain College, whose memory is kept alive  at the Black Mountain College Museum in downtown Asheville. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS  is also  25 miles from  the Great Smoky Mountain National Park ,  only 17 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 20 miles to the   Cherokee Heritage Center, Cherokee, North Carolina. more...


Art Trips & Retreats Combine Rich Experiences with Meaningful Workshops

February in New Zealand; Two Workshops with Artist-Instructor, Rebecca       Crowell - in Takapuna, Auckland, NZ; 
      February 12 - 16, February 19 - 23.  more...

"Sense of Place," in Taos, New Mexico is held in April at the historic
      Mabel Dodge Luhan House with workshops for artists or writers.

      April 22 - 28 with Artist-Instructor, Rebecca Crowell, 
Dorianne Laux.  

May in Snow Hill, on the Eastern shore of Maryland.
      3-day painting workshop with Artist-Instructor Stuart Shils.
      May 24 - 27.


Cullowhee, North Carolina
5 Workshops options each week:
  • June 11 - 16 
  • June 18 - 23
  • June 25 - 30 

New Zealand
Workshops with Rebecca Crowell:
  • February 12 - 16 
  • February 19 - 23

Taos, New Mexico
Retreat + Workshop with
Rebecca Crowell

  • April 22 - 28 

       Cullowhee Mountain Arts