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.

Ronna Harris

Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm

Inside Looking Out / Outside Looking In:  Paintings by Ronna S. Harris

Realism and Abstract Expression: A State of Controlled Chaos

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The Broken Flower: A Reading of Nature Poems

Thursday, Jun 22, 6:00pm

The Broken Flower: A Reading of Nature Poems by poet Jeffery Beam

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.

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From the Wilderness Road to the Underground Railroad

Thursday, July 13, 6:00pm

Romare Bearden: My Friend

Learn the history of two of the most significant roads in American history; The Wilderness Road and the Underground Railroad.

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The Big Bang of Modern American Music: The Lasting Impact of 1920s-era Appalachian Recording Sessions

Thursday, Aug 24, 6:00pm

The Big Bang of Modern American Music: The Lasting Impact of 1920s-era Appalachian Recording Sessions

Hear historian Ted Olson discuss the iconic early 20th century Appalachian Music Recordings.

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Romare Bearden: My Friend

September 14, 6:00pm

Romare Bearden: My Friend

Join curator Jerald Melberg as he shares stories and anecdotes about his friend Romare Bearden.

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The Civil War in Western North Carolina

Thursday, Oct 26, 11:00am

The Civil War in Western North Carolina

Dr. Gordon B. McKinney describes the arc of the Civil War through the perspective of the Western North Carolina region.

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Jeffery Beam presents Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards

May 17 2018, 6:00pm

Jeffery Beam

Join poet Jeffery Beam as he discusses the book Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards, which he co-edited.

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TAC Talks are sponsored by First Citizens Bank

Previous programs:




  • 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
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