WCU Fine Art Museum

WCU Collects: Recent Acquisitions

Exhibition: October 2, 2017 – January 26, 2018

This WCU Collects exhibition showcases a selection of artworks recently given tothe Museum and includes a number of artists not previously represented in the collection. The WCU Fine Art Museum stewards a collection of more than 1,500 art objects in all media—from painting and printmaking to book arts, sculpture, ceramics, and contemporary craft. As the museum continues to research and interpret the collection, purchases and gifts expand and strengthen its holdings. New acquisitions find their way into the collection through a variety of routes and particularly through the generosity of donors.

All WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the WCU Fine Art Museum




Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon Counties

 to Offer Grants to Regional Artists

Waynesville, N.C., September 29, 2017 – The Haywood County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through October 6, 2017. The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, and more. Projects must occur between December 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The deadline for applications is Oct. 6.  Grantees will be notified by Oct. 31. For application information, visit www.haywoodarts.org/regional-artist-project-grant. In the west, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,200 and follow a competitive application and review process.

The Haywood County Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts organizations throughout western North Carolina working as a consortium. Consortium partners include the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers & the Greater Plateau, Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council,  and the Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc. Since 1985, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artists Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of western North Carolina arts partners matches the N.C. Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists.

For more information, contact Lindsey Solomon, RAPG program administrator at 828-452-0593 or info@haywoodarts.org.

Regional Artist Project Grants – Deadline October 6. 2017



Regional Artists Project Grants

This Regional Artist Project grant (RAPG) is funded by the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers & the Greater Plateau, Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council,  and the Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc., with matching dollars from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Grants in this consortium are available to artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties. Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists (i.e., guitar duo, jazz quartet, bluegrass band) are eligible. An artist must have residence in the region for at least one year to be eligible. Previous RAPG recipients must wait two years before being eligible to reapply. Projects must take place between December 2017 and June 2018.

To apply for funding, fill out the following application and return to the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC. Mailed applications should be sent to Haywood County Arts Council, P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The deadline for submissions is October 6, 2017. If you have questions, email director@haywoodarts.org.

NC-RAPG-Grant-Application-2017-18 PDF

NC-RAPG-Grant-Application-2017-18 WORD DOC

Volunteer Opportunities For Artists

Community Engagement Opportunities at  The Catamount School!            

Calling all artists! We invite you to share your passion and skills to inspire Jackson County youth in the arts!

What is The Catamount School?

Operated by Western Carolina University in partnership with Jackson County Public Schools, The Catamount School is a lab school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders designed to explore innovative teaching approaches and applied learning opportunities in order to help every student discover his or her full academic potential. The Catamount School is located on the campus of Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva.

What is the TCS Enrichment Program?

By accessing resources, students, and personnel at Western Carolina University, community organizations, and local professionals, students will have access to regular music and arts activities, leadership experiences, and mentorship from experts in a variety of fields. These enrichment activities will encourage students to learn more about themselves and others, as well as contribute to the school community.

Enrichment is from 2:00-3:00pm, Monday-Friday, for all three grade levels.

What do we look for in volunteers?

Volunteers are invited to lead one-time workshops or more regularly scheduled lessons in their area of study and/or interest. Enrichment activities should engage students as active learners, and encourage critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and teamwork. Volunteers, whether on campus once or all semester, act as mentors and role models for these young people, and provide an invaluable experience to TCS students.

Volunteers will facilitate activities under the supervision of Catamount School Faculty and Staff at all times.

All volunteers must complete a WCU background check, complete a volunteer application, and sign the TCS Volunteer agreement.

What’s next?

Contact TCS Enrichment Coordinator, Katy Elders, at klelders@email.wcu.edu or 828-399-1930. Flexible scheduling and programming!

Comm Engagement Opportunities at TCS