About the Museum
The Fine Art Museum is the premiere venue for contemporary art in the western region of North Carolina. We strive to engage our immediate and extended community to participate and partner with the museum in meaningful ways and act an incubator and laboratory for emerging and established artists. Our approach is diverse, educational, and multi-disciplinary—acknowledging all of the creative fields. The museum aligns its efforts to echo WCU's 20/20 Vision: Focusing Our Future in positioning and marketing WCU as the cultural heart of western North Carolina in the creative arts.
About the Bardo Arts Center
The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center houses the School of Art and Design which includes state of the art academic classrooms and studios for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students in visual arts to accommodate painting and drawing, ceramics, photography, sculpture, printmaking and book arts, graphic design, interior design, new media, art history, and art teacher education. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program in studio arts began in 2004 offers advanced professional training and career development for students seeking a comprehensive studio and academic learning experience. Noted guest artists offer critical response to student creative research while School of Art and Design graduate teaching faculty members teach several comprehensive studio courses to advanced level graduate students. In addition, the entire WCU campus and community members have the opportunity to attend lectures and forums on a variety of special art topics and contemporary art issues offered by guest artists, critics, and historians.