The Bascom is looking for hard-working, motivated clay artists who are willing to learn and dedicate their time to improving their craft, the studio, and themselves.  We are looking for strong teaching capabilities and a strong work ethic by individuals who will enhance the program.  Download the Resident Artist Application here:
The Bascom 2015 Resident Artist Application The Bascom 2015 Resident Artist Application (166 KB)

Open 10 am to 5 pm daily

Reserved on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or by appointment, for research

Located in the downstairs Conference Room at The Bascom

This special collections library is filled with more than 2,500 donated art books for easy reference.  The Art Library is a non-circulating library that contains valuable resources for browsing and research.

The Bascom Launches New ARTalks Video Series
Watch the entire playlist!  

ARTalks 3: Potter Frank Vickery, Art by Appointment, Summer 2014
ARTalks 4: Ceramicist John Britt, Glaze Calculation, Summer 2014
ARTalks 5: Kids' Sculpture Camp with Kelsey Sickmeyer, Summer 2014
ARTalks 6: Painter Sheri Erickson, Pet Portraiture, Summer 2014
ARTalks 7: Artist Michael Polomik, Silkscreen T-Shirts, Summer 2014
ARTalks 8: Southern Lights Abstract Painting, Summer 2014
ARTalks 9: Tom Turner, A Passion in Porcelain, Summer 2014

2014 Community Outreach Video, Touching Hearts Through Art
Special thanks to Synergy Films 


The Bascom is proud to now offer Open Studio Packages to Bascom Members interested in being part of a studio community.  As an Open Studio Artist you will have access to the facilities, tools and equipment in the Dave Drake Studio Barn and the Adult Education Studio at any time during Open Studio hours.  Weekly classes are available to studio members as well as discounts on workshops.  Both studios share the same mission with a few differences that add to the variety of options available to participants of The Bascom's Open Studio program.  Click here to visit our Open Studio page!

The Photography Club 

The Photography Club
The Bascom Photography Club is a creative community that rides on the passions of professionals, amateurs, teachers, and students of the photographic medium.  Bascom members of all skill levels are welcome to join the monthly meetings, where guest speakers share tricks of the trade, tales of travel, and opportunities to exhibit their printed images in The Bascom's Education Gallery throughout the year.  The club will meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 5:30 to 7 pm.
January 21: Inaugural Meeting led by Greg Newington
February 18: Guest speaker TBA
March 18: Guest speaker, Greg Newington, will discuss his work from the 2014 publication of Courthouses of Georgia
April 15: Guest speaker, Ian Ward, will speak to the history of portrait photography and the advent of "the selfie."
May 20: Guest speaker, Anna Norton, will discuss her conceptual work with photography
June 17: Guest speaker Armand Cabrera, will discuss making good compositional choices in the field using light and shadow.
July 29: Guest speaker, Clay Bolt will discuss his wildlife photography. 
August 19: Guest speaker, Tim McCoy, will discuss methods for making your own photographic paper. 
September through November: Photography Club Exhibition in The Education Gallery
More to come..

The Book Club Meeting at The Bascom

The Book Club will be meeting in The Bascom Library from 3 to 5 pm on the following dates:

April 23: The Last Original Wife, Dorthea Benton Frank
May 28: The Boys In the Boat, Daniel James Brown
June 25: The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng
July 23: Sofia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga, Monette Chilson
August 27: The Five Roosevelt Women, Betty Boyd Caroli
September 24: The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
October 22: A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
For more information, please contact Patricia Williams at

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Exhibition, Galleries
& The Shop

Monday through Saturday:
Sunday: 12–5pm

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323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741
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