The Fine Art Museum (FAM) serves as a cultural catalyst to celebrate and preserve
the artistic legacy of the Western North Carolina region with a developing focus to
collect, interpret and showcase innovation in contemporary art of high artistic merit.
The FAM serves the campus and community as:
- A learning laboratory stressing exploration while challenging contemporary artists
from throughout the region and nation to create new art forms utilizing not only conventional
tools and processes but also new modes of expression and state of the art technology.
- A teaching museum by facilitating scholarly research, interactive art education, academic
curriculum support, enrichment and life-long learning for children and adults of all
ages and backgrounds while featuring the creativity and innovation of cross-cultural
and interdisciplinary collaboration.
- A focal point for encouraging dialogue toward greater understanding of contemporary
art in its diverse forms and processes in the context of its communication capacity
and bridge potential inspired from local mountain traditions to a myriad of cross-cultural