Artist Workshops 
     in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 

 Artist Retreats + Workshops
     in Other Inspiring Locations. 

Summer ARTS Workshop Series is a three week series of visual art workshops taught by highly acclaimed and award-winning artists. Held on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University, in the Blue Ridge mountains, our popular Summer Arts Workshop Series draws artists from all points in the US as well as attracting international students. 

CMA has also created a series of Retreats + Workshops held at remote partner sites such as "Lake Logan Retreat Center" Canton, NC, "The Mable Dodge Luhan House," Taos, New Mexico, "Clancy Studio," Snow Hill Maryland and other inspiring locations.

ART + TRIP events combine Workshops with Travel to an enriching destination - for 2017 it is New Zealand and in 2018 we will go to Southern France.

Cullowhee Mountain Arts (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes and offers a variety of workshop experiences in the Visual Arts. 

 Come. Learn. Create. Collaborate

The Summer Arts Workshop Series: Creativity Nurtured in a Mountain Setting

Held on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University, The Summer Arts Workshop Series offers an exciting range of Art Workshops in Book Arts, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking and Photography.  During each week-long immersion, participants learn and discover new concepts and techniques, share thoughts and ideas in a setting surrounded by majestic mountains and summer botanicals. Imagine sharing ideas, meals, and outings with other artists from around this country and from other parts of the globe. At Cullowhee Mountain ARTS you will find a like-minded community of passionate learners, energized by instructors of national/international reputations. Students can focus entirely on developing new work where their daily concerns are left behind. Each workshop week includes an opening reception followed by a group meal, daily lunches when the week’s instructors give presentations, a Thursday afternoon museum visit and talk, and a studio stroll at the end of the week. Studios are open 7am to 11:00 pm for after workshop access.  Come, Learn, Create Collaborate!  More... 

Cullowhee is located  45 miles west of Asheville, the thriving arts community with downtown galleries, the Asheville Art Museum and  the River Arts District , where artists' working studios mingle with galleries and cafés  housed in the old warehouse  district. Nearby in Black Mountain is the site of the famous Black Mountain College, whose memory is kept alive  at the Black Mountain College Museum in downtown Asheville. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS  is also  25 miles from  the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, only 17 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 20 miles to the Cherokee Heritage Center, Cherokee, North Carolina. more...


Art Trips & Retreats Combine Rich Experiences with Meaningful Workshops

February in New Zealand;
        Two Workshops
with Artist-Instructor, Rebecca Crowell 
        in Takapuna, Auckland, NZ; 
      February 12 - 16, February 19 - 23

 April in Taos, New Mexico; "Oil & Cold Wax Medium Workshop"
       with Artist-Instructor, Rebecca Crowell
         At the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House 

       April 22 - 28 

Workshops at Clancy Studio in Snow Hill,
     on the Eastern shore of Maryland: 

      Stuart Shils - 3-day plein air workshop: May 24 - 27, (more)
        Lisa Pressman - 3-day mixed media painting workshop: Sept. 8 - 10, (more)
        Nancy Gruskin - 3-day figurative painting workshop: Sept. 15-17, (more)
        Kathleen Jacobs - 3-day plein air workshop: September 15 -17, (more)


Retreats + Workshops at Beautiful Lake Logan
      Summer Retreat: August 14 - 19
        Workshop Instructors: 
        Leisa Rich (sculptural textiles) 
        Barbara Tyroler (photography), (more)

      Autumn Colors Retreat: October 24 - 29
Workshop Instructors:  
        Alice Ballard (ceramics sculpture & drawing) 
        Janice Mason Steeves (oil & cold wax painting), (more) 

Cullowhee, North Carolina
5 Workshops options each week:
June 11 - 16
June 18 - 23
June 25 - 30

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New Zealand
Workshops with Rebecca Crowell:
February 12 - 16
February 19 - 23

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Taos, New Mexico
Retreat + Workshop with 
Rebecca Crowell...

April 22 - 28 
Abiquiu Extension with Tour of
Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio
April 28 - 29
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Snow Hill, Maryland
May 24 - 27:
Workshop with Stuart Shils
September 8-10:
Workshop with Lisa Pressman
September 15 - 17:
Workshops with
Nancy Gruskin or
Kathleen Jacobs
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Lake Logan, North Carolina
August 14 - 19
Workshops with 
Leisa Rich or
Barbara Tyroler

October 24 - 29
Workshops with Alice Ballard
or Janice Mason Steeves

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