About Western Carolina University
Adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University has a commitment to the rich traditions of the Appalachian Region and Cherokee cultures. Its Mountain Heritage CenterCherokee Center, and Craft Revival Project reflect this influence — at the same time providing irreplaceable educational resources for the region.

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS hosts the annual Summer ARTS Series of artist and writer workshops on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Our Summer ARTS Series includes the CMA Summer Faculty Exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum, summer faculty presentations and readings and Youth Art Camps

A jewel in the crown of WCU is its $30M Bardo Arts Center, opened to academic use in January 2005. Of the complex's approximately 76,000 square feet, close to 46,000 square feet is utilized for visual art programs including the Fine Art Museum where visitors can enjoy exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and its adjacent galleries. The unique architecture of the Fine and Performing Art Center is a work of art in itself. Designed the award winning Gund Partnership, the space is thoughtfully designed to highlight the landscape and culture of Western North Carolina." The high ceilinged, light-filled studios are fully equipped, state-of-the-art spaces unmatched anywhere in the region. This is the facility used for the CMA Summer ARTS Series of Artist and Writer Workshops. On-campus workshop participants will be able to enjoy WCU summer concerts, the library, the pool and recreation center and other campus amenities.