About Cullowhee Mountain ARTS

Our Commitment

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS exists to support artists who have a serious interest in furthering their studio practice. We are committed to providing exceptional art instruction in superb facilities in an array of inspiring locations. Our workshops and programs promise to stimulate your imagination with instruction of the highest caliber taught by artists of national and international reputation.

We Believe

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS believes the arts energize every facet of life and that the arts invigorate communities. We know that when artists work and learn together ideas blossom and grow, lasting relationships are forged, and creativity flourishes.  We are committed to this process. When artists return to their own communities after our workshops, they bring their excitement, imagination, and new visions. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS was born out of a desire to support artists with meaningful and high quality fine art workshops and experiencesMore

Our Workshops

Our Cullowhee Mountain ARTS’ 2019 workshop calendar has been created for all levels of interest and experience with a wide range of media and topics. Our carefully chosen instructors, bearing impressive records of exhibitions and teaching, come from all regions of the US bringing rich experiences, professional knowledge, and expertise. The workshops are structured so that students can focus exclusively on developing their art without the distractions of daily life. 

Our Location

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS does not maintain a "bricks and mortar" complex. Our partnerships with Western Carolina University,  Lake Logan Conference Center, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM and The The Firehouse Studio, Snow Hill, Maryland, allow us to share resources and keep our overhead sustainable. We also host international workshops posted as they get scheduled. 

We maintain an administrative office - 598 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC 28734 in historic downtown Sylva, NC, 5 miles from Cullowhee, NC, home of Western Carolina University

Our 2019 Season -  Offering 4 Inspiring Venues!

The Annual Summer Arts Workshop Series - June 14 - 29:

Offered in June on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University, The SAWS is a 3-week program with 16 workshops held in the School of Art & Design. Instruction and sharing among artists take place within an optimally state of the art studios. The School of Art and Design is part of the Bardo Fine and Performing art center which houses the beautiful Fine Art Museum.  Find inspiration and solace as you explore the mountains, forests, and waterfalls nearby. Here you will find an exceptional learning community at a premier Southeastern destination for summer educational arts programming. more...

Our annual Taos Workshop-Retreat is head at the Historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House - where a host of early 20th century artists and writers stayed and discovered the splendor of this region of New Mexico as a Muse to their creative work. This year's workshop will be taught by artist Lisa Pressman, who will guide students in the use of non-traditional approaches to drawing and painting while receiving inspiration from the layers, textures and sensations of northern New Mexico. more...

The Firehouse Studio Workshops in  Snow Hill, Maryland
3-day and 4-day workshops held in the charming historic town of Snow Hill, situated on the Pokomoke River and minutes from the Chincoteague Bay. The Clancy Building Studio is located in the historic down town, composed of graceful historic building from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Perfectly located, Snow Hill is a reasonable drive from major cultural center; Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and NYC.  more...

AUGUST 11 - 16
Designed to give participants a week of refreshing the creative soul, artists and writers will have the opportunity to get away, reflect, and refill. The retreats combine workshops specifically designed to unlock deeper levels of your personal "voice". Supplementary to the workshops are morning mindfulness, afternoon yoga sessions, nature walks, mindfulness  sessions, nighttime fire circles, and personal space for reflection and communing with nature. more...

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. CMA is an equal opportunity organization and practices non-discrimination of anyone on the basis of ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programming, services, staffing, and volunteer needs.