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Bardo Arts Center

Newly restructured as a collective center for the arts, the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center is home to the Western Carolina University Performance Hall, Studio Theatre, and Fine Art Museum.

Bardo Arts Center serves the campus and community year-round through performing and visual arts programming, educational opportunities, and outreach initiatives.The Performance Hall features an elegant 1,000-seat theatre, with finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system. The Performance Hall presents professional artists throughout the year in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Series, previously known as Galaxy of Stars. In addition to world-class artists, Bardo Arts Center presents talented students and faculty from the WCU School of Stage and Screen and the School of Music. Bardo Arts Center also houses a more intimate performance setting called The Studio, similar to a traditional Black Box Theatre; The Studio is also utilized for workshops and events. The WCU Fine Art Museum opened in 2005, with the mission of serving as a cultural catalyst to celebrate and preserve the artistic legacy of Western North Carolina with a developing focus to collect, interpret and showcase innovation in contemporary art of high artistic merit. The WCU Fine Art Museum curates a 2,000-object collection of modern and contemporary art. The space encompasses four art galleries, an art preparation room, a secure storage vault, an object study room, a unique and inviting special events space called “The Star Atrium” that doubles as a hang-out-and-eat your-lunch area, and an outdoor courtyard. To highlight the talent found at WCU, Bardo Arts Center presents exhibitions throughout the year featuring artwork from the School of Art and Design faculty, MFA, and BFA students.

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Performance Hall Box Office | 828.227.2479
Summer box office hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from
May 8 – August 21. The box office will also be open one hour prior to every performance.
As always, you can access our online box office 24/7 by visiting

Performance Series Rates:
General Public: $25
Seniors/WCU Faulty/Staff: $20
Students: $5
Group Rates: Available for selected shows for groups of 20 or more

If you are interested in becoming a Performance Series Subscriber please visit us online to learn more. All other prices and times vary for other performances; please view our detailed listing of events at

WCU Fine Art Museum | 828.227.3591
Monday-Friday: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM-7:00PM

Parking in WCU Lot 13 is free for visitors to the museum and box office.
Admission is free and open to the public for all WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions. Donations welcome.

WCU Fine Art Museum Receptions are always held on a Thursday from 5-7PM. For specific exhibition reception dates, please view the schedule of events.

For information about educational workshops, symposiums, public art events and more please visit us online at

Learn more about the WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions, artists, and events at

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