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Two April lectures to complement ‘Collective Vigilance’ exhibition at Appalachian’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University will present two lectures in April that complement “Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River,” an exhibit on view at the center through July 29.

The two lectures will be “Dr. Lee Ball: Sustainability at Appalachian State University” on April 5, and “New River Photographer Carl Galie” on April 26.

Both lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. in the center’s Lecture Hall.

“Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River” is a collaborative exhibition that showcases the headwaters of the 320-mile New River. It is the result of a partnership that includes “Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia,” a graduate seminar of Appalachian’s Center for Appalachian Studies, as well as the New River Conservancy, other non-profits and regional artists.

During the April 5 lecture, Ball, the director of sustainability at Appalachian, will introduce the university’s sustainability efforts. He will also introduce Earth Month to the campus and the surrounding community.

Ball has a doctorate in sustainability education, a master’s degree in environmental education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural science. He has spent the past 14 years teaching sustainability-related content in Appalachian’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. His primary research is focused on sustainability literacy, the valuation of green building, biophilic/ecophilic design as well as change agency related to community engagement.

Galie, who will deliver the April 26 lecture, is the New River’s official photographer. For the last 22 years, he has devoted his work to conservation issues. Since 1995, for example, his photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped raise the profile of efforts to protect and preserve that region. Several of Galie’s photographs of the New River are in the “Collective Vigilance” exhibition. He will discuss these, and he will talk about his experiences photographing the New River.

Lectures will also complement two other exhibitions at Turchin this spring: “Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm,” on view through May 6; and “Studio Practices: Penland 9,” on view through June 3. See for more information on the lectures.

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Located on 423 W. King St. at the crossroads of campus and community, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors in dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon – 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.