Winter Hours: Wed - Sat; 10am - 4pm | 828-526-4949 | Get Directions 

Welcome to The Bascom
A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC

The Bascom creates visual art experiences that inspire and empower individuals and communities through seeing, thinking and doing. For more than 30 years, we've served as a vital cultural resource for Western North Carolina, and we continue to build on that legacy through our work and advocacy for the arts.

Support the Bascom

Your Home for Visual Arts on the Plateau

Our impact on the regional artistic community is significant, but we couldn't do it without the generous support of our Bascom family, who donate their time, energy, talents and resources to ensuring we're able to continue our mission.


Learn and Do at The Bascom

Classes, Workshops, Seminars, Lectures & More

The Bascom offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, lectures, and seminars for artists of all skill levels. Explore a variety of mediums as you learn from our talented staff, special guests and each other. Select an educational opportunity below to learn more and register. We look forward to seeing you!


Get to Know The Bascom

Welcome to The Bascom: a six-building, six-acre campus in Highlands, NC. Special features include an 87-foot-long covered bridge entrance; a 2,500 square-foot barn rebuilt for use as the ceramic studio; and a central three-story, 27,500-square-foot Main Building. In addition to the buildings and art offerings, visitors can enjoy the Horst Winkler Nature and Sculpture Trail with native flora, a pristine brook with cascading waterfall, and scenic views.



Annual visitors of all ages, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds attend our free exhibitions, educational initiatives, and public programs


Visitors and regional residents reached through The Bascom's extensive outreach programs and educational opportunities both on campus and off


Working artists supported through our residences, retail sales, exhibitions and professional development opportunities


Annual exhibits in our three galleries highlight the work of local, regional, national and international artists in a broad array of mediums

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:
Wednesday - Saturday; 10am - 4pm

Studio Barn Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday Noon - 5 pm

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

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