Museums, Performances & Speakers


Appalachian is home to many venues of artistic and educational expression. We invite you to visit and learn more about these interesting, hidden gems. Additional programs can be found under Programs & Services.



 Turchin CenterThe Turchin Center for the Visual Arts - Features world-class visual arts programming focusing on a blend of new and historically important artwork and feature works of nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as many of the finest artists of the region.



F. Kenneth & Marjorie J. McKinney Geology Teaching Museum F. Kenneth & Marjorie J. McKinney Geology Teaching Museum - The museum provides exhibits used in teaching college-level geology courses and conducts outreach to help teachers, school groups, and the general public better understand geologic processes and contemporary geologic events The museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the university is in session.




 Rosen Outdoor SculptureRosen Outdoor Sculpture - This national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across campus.


photography by Michael Siede Looking Glass Gallery - Family Portrait, an exhibit produced by Pamela Raimo, deals with the preservation of memories through various objects and photographs set within a series of mixed media sculptures that hang from the wall in the style of a family portrait.


Katherine J. Smith Gallery Catherine J. Smith Gallery - Through innovative exhibitions and stimulating educational programs, the gallery provides opportunities for direct engagement with contemporary works of art and design for students, faculty and community members of Appalachian.


Appalachian many year agoAppalachian Special Collections - Located on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and InformationCommons, the collection includes: W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Stock Car Racing Collection, University Archives and Records, and Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.


Installation of the geology rock garden Outdoor Geology Lab - 32 rock specimens dating between 1.2 billion and 300 million years old. The lab features a winding path that leads visitors to rock specimens from four states. The collection includes igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, each weighing one to three tons.




AASF logoAn Appalachian Summer Festival- This annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus; featuring a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming.  With an audience of 27,000 the festival has been named one of the "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society.


PAS logo'The Schaefer Center Presents' Performance Series-This series supports the teaching mission of the university by presenting a diverse array of music, dance and theatre events during the academic year.  Musical events from symphony orchestra and chamber music performances to jazz and popular artists; theatre productions from Shakespeare to Broadway musical tours; dance performances from ballet to modern dance.



Appalachian Popular Programming Society The Appalachian Popular Programming Society is responsible for the majority of entertainment brought to ASU. APPS is comprised of seven different councils each of which provides a specific form of entertainment. APPS is truly student run, and provides members the opportunity to create programs they feel the campus as a whole will enjoy.


ASU Department of Theatre and Dance The ASU Department of Theatre and Dance offers all-encompassing, fully mounted theatre, dance, and touring productions that serve as an outreach component to the region and the state.




The Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture Series The Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture Series has attracted close to 40 top business leaders to campus since 1988. Lectures are held each semester in Rosen Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.


University Forum Committee The University Forum Committee brings distinguished speakers to the campus of Appalachian State University for the purpose of enlightening and educating the university community as well as the public about issues of interest. Visit their homepage and learn more under the "speakers on campus" section.


Visiting Writers Series Established in 1989, the Visiting Writers Series brings more than a dozen authors of poetry, fiction, and drama to the Appalachian campus each year to present public readings.


Departmental Lecture Series The Departmental Lecture Series features speakers from many of our very own academic departments as well as those from wider academia. Lecture series and workshops are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters and are free and open to the public.


Brazil The Diversity Lecture Series features nationally known speakers and provides free opportunities to learn about a wide array of social issues and cultural topics through an interdisciplinary lens.