Western Carolina University opened its Fine Art Museum in 2005 in the newly constructed Bardo Arts Center. The museum celebrates the artistic legacy of Western North Carolina with a collection of 2,000 modern and contemporary works of art in a variety of media by regional, national and international artists.
The museum includes 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, an outdoor courtyard and a museum gift shop.
Museum exhibitions highlight the work of the Americas, with a special focus on Native American Art. To showcase the talent found at Western Carolina University, Bardo Arts Center presents exhibitions featuring artwork from the School of Art and Design. Open year-round, the museum supports scholarly research and provides life-long learning opportunities for individuals of all ages.