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The Bascom’s major exhibitions highlight the work of the artists who live and work in our region, Bascom instructors and students, Artist Fellows and Residents, as well as world-renowned artists whose work might not otherwise be seen in this region. The Bascom's 3 galleries and the Winkler Sculpture and Nature Trail are host to approximately 10 exhibitions each year, which pair with our Outreach and Education departments to attract 20,000 visitors to The Bascom. Free guided tours are available upon advanced request.

The Bascom Annual Theme: Place

As makers and creators, human beings experience the world as both a place given to them and as a place they can mark, shape, and mold. The places that become homes to us offer familiarity, comfort, and even companionship. Places seem to have their own identities – they act on us, call us to them, invite response. Many creative acts seem to emanate from the experience of place – a stunning landscape or a quiet interior can express or even recall the sense of a place.

Art itself can both represent a place (e.g., Monet’s Giverny) or become part of a place-making activity (e.g.,Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands). The act of place-making can be both literal (building a house) and imaginative (Alice in Wonderland).

The year’s theme invites us to consider place and places as sources of beauty, as generators of community and belonging, as locations that invite response. Works shared this year celebrate the human experience of place and its resonance in art forms.

The theme of place also invites us to consider places as sources of longing, loss, separation, and dis-placement. As such, viewers are able to consider the ambivalence of the places we love – the ways in which we are too attached, or too detached from the land, the people, and the communities we inhabit.

As you consider the theme of place this year, we invite you to find moments to see, think, do, and be, in this place, our Bascom home in the western mountains of North Carolina.

Current Exhibitions

Outdoor Sculpture 2022 - 2023

2022 marks the second year of annual outdoor sculpture exhibit outside on The Bascom Campus.

Like No Other Place: Photographs of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Explore The Bascom's 2022 theme of "Place" through the lens of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust properties. Our mountains are among some of the oldest in the world. Over time,...

Lasting Impressions

Lasting Impressions presents sixty of the finest Japanese prints in the Read-Simms Collection at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Craft to Art Series: Tapping into Tone

Our fifth installment in our Craft to Art series covers Musical Instruments and their history of use, importance in defining regional culture, material construction, and...






Dan + Marty Boone, Hillary Cone, Margaret + Dallas Denny, Lynn DeVault + Glo Ghegan, Lisa + Carlos Evans, Carol Misner + Ann Huckstep, Jane Jerry, Lucy + Jack Kuhne, Nancy + Charles Lichtman, Marianne + Mark Mahaffey, Butchie + Alan Neely, C. Marie Sharpe, Marcia + Charlie Weber, Woodcrest Foundation, Ann Wrobleski + Phil Truluck

Share Your Bascom Experience with Us!

Whether you fell in love with a piece or were moved by an exhibit, inspired by an instructor, had a blast in our smART Space, or any other wonderful experience at The Bascom, we want to hear about it!

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Opening Hours

Exhibitions & Shop:
Tuesday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm

Studio Barn Hours:
Monday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm
Sunday; 12pm/Noon - 5pm

Find Us Online:


Visit: 323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741 (Map It)

Call: 828-526-4949 (Main)
828-787-2892 (Ceramics Studio)

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at http://www.ncarts.org.

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Funded in part by a grant from South Arts
in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.