Join us for an engaging lecture on Thursday Art & Culture Talks, from May to October. The program begins at 6 pm. Free for Museum members and $5 for Non-members.
Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm
Realism and Abstract Expression: A State of Controlled Chaos
The Broken Flower: A Reading of Nature Poems
Thursday, Jun 22, 6:00pm
Jeffery Beam will be reading and singing a selection of his poems that are rooted in the earthly shadows of garden, woods, fields, mountains, and world waters.
From the Wilderness Road to the Underground Railroad
Thursday, July 13, 6:00pm
Learn the history of two of the most significant roads in American history; The Wilderness Road and the Underground Railroad.
The Big Bang of Modern American Music: The Lasting Impact of 1920s-era Appalachian Recording Sessions
Thursday, Aug 24, 6:00pm
Hear historian Ted Olson discuss the iconic early 20th century Appalachian Music Recordings.
Romare Bearden: My Friend
September 14, 6:00pm
Join curator Jerald Melberg as he shares stories and anecdotes about his friend Romare Bearden.
The Civil War in Western North Carolina
Thursday, Oct 26, 11:00am
Dr. Gordon B. McKinney describes the arc of the Civil War through the perspective of the Western North Carolina region.
TAC Talks are sponsored by First Citizens Bank
- Will Harlan on his book, Untamed, the Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
- Going Outside, Reflections on life as a painter, a countrywoman and a backpacker
- Blowing Rock, the Grandfather of Appalachian Tourism
- The Art (science and business) of Beer
- The Best in Motion Pictures with Gary Boye
- Reflections on A Persistence of Vision with artist Ralph Burns
- The State of the Arts in North Carolina with Frank Stasio
- Jeremy B Jones: Appalachia through Memoir and Song
- D.C. North: Floating Sculptures: Duck Decoys, An American Folk Art
- Paul Brown: Musical Crossroads in the Piedmont and Mountain South
- Gerret Warner and Mimi Gredy: Vollis Simpson, the Artist Who Rejuvenated a Town
- Martha Severens: Reflections on Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection
- Phil Jamison: Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance
- Peter White, NC Botanical Gardens
- Joseph Bathanti, NC Poet Laureate
- Margaret Supplee Smith and Emily Herring Wilson, authors of North Carolina Women Making History
- Elizabeth Hudson, editor of Our State Magazine
- Wayne Clawson, "The Shooting of Dan McGrew," by Robert William Service
- Dr. Pat Beaver, “Voices from the Headwaters, stories, testimonials and reminiscences from three neighboring Blue Ridge communities”
- Doug Holstein, Around the World, Photography
- William Mangum, Celebrating Life Through Art
- Wayne Martin, Peace Behind the Bridge’: Documenting Traditional Music in Western North Carolina
- Elliott Engel, Winston Churchill
- Shannon Vickery, The Educational Role of Public Television
- Collecting Friends (Alexander, Bost, Gray, Murray), Art Among Friends, Roundtable Talk
- Julia Ebel and Ralph Lentz, The Picture Man
- Bill Leslie, Blue Ridge Reunion: Book and Music Project
- Dr. David Moore, The Berry Archaeological Site in Burke County, NC
- Bill Brown, Experiences and Insight after 35 Years of Creating Sculptures.
- Dr. Elliot Engel, Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of 'Gone with the Wind'
- Mrs. Barry Huffman, Collecting Folk Art
- Bob Trotman, Bob Trotman’s Sculpture
- Sharyn McCrumb with Michael Hardy, Ghost Riders and the Civil War
- Jonathan Stuhlman, How to Read a Painting
- Warren Bingham, George Washington Really Did Sleep in North Carolina: The Presidential Tour of 1791
- Bill and Jewell Magee, History of the Mountain Dulcimer
- Joe Miller, With a Warm Handshake: A Performance by Joe Miller
- Janet Calhoun, Pottery Traditions in the Mountains
- Karl Campbell, Senator Sam
- Lee Rocamora, Richard Ritter, Collecting Art and the Penland Connection
- Wes Waugh, Making Art: Right Brain, Left Brain, Whole Brain
- Andrew Bunch, Keepers of the Past: The Power of Collecting Art
- Pat Pilkington and Sheri Furman, The Art of Flowers