WCU - Bardo Arts Center

Bardo Arts Center

Home to the WCU Fine Art Museum, BAC Performance Hall, and Niggli Studio Theater, the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University is a collective center for the arts in Western North Carolina. Bardo Arts Center (BAC) opened its doors in 2005 in a deliberate move to serve the region as a cultural catalyst to inspire, enrich and educate communities in Western North Carolina. Today, BAC serves audiences of all ages across Western North Carolina and empowers the regions artists and organizations through collaborative programming and community-based initiatives.


The Performance Hall

From live performances to cinema experiences, the BAC Performance Hall provides the campus and community with access to internationally acclaimed artists and regional favorites. In addition, the space serves as a dynamic venue for educational symposiums, campus events, and student performances from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts.

WCU Fine Art Museum

Promoting and facilitating meaningful engagement with contemporary works of art and artists, the WCU Fine Art Museum features four galleries, a growing permanent collection, and rotating exhibitions highlighting regional, national, and international artists.