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Take a journey through the history of art and explore the artists, movements and techniques that have inspired people for centuries. This section is dedicated to arts education.


Many in Rutherford County don't have the means or ability to travel out of the county to art museums, and our schools have had to cut funding year after year to the arts. This extremely limits the public's exposure to art, specifically art history and how it shaped, inspired and transformed the culture we know today.


This timeline is currently in Kiwanis Park in downtown Rutherfordton, NC until the Art Park is completed. The timeline  features artists and art movements such as the Renaissance Period, Impressionism, Surrealism and more.Each display contains information about the movement, the time period in which it occurred and the most influential artists from that movement.


In addition to the physical timeline, an online course that explores each movement and artist more in depth will be available in early July 2018.  Check back often for a link to the course. Different artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, and modern artists such as Warhol, Max and Pollock will be represented with info/bio. Students can even earn a certificate of completion at the end of the course. 


The main purpose of this exhibit is to encourage the community to “Be a pART of ART” and share what they have learned with others. 

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


The purpose of this section is to provide information on the importance of recycling, how it affects our environment, and of course give creative ideas on how to reuse and create art in the process.


This section will have information stations that talk about recycling. The Art Guild would create artwork that speaks specifically to this section by reusing materials to create the art.


The art pieces created would be accompanied by a podium that shows what materials were used, the artists or students that helped create it, and list a link to the website where visitors can find instructions on how to create their own recycled art at home. 

The Recycling section is made possible, in part, through funding support from the Town of Rutherfordton.

Studies have proven there is a direct correlation between a healthy life and connecting with nature. Add to that the benefits of eating fresh, non-processed food and you have the makings of a long and happy life.


The goal of this section is to encourage people, through art, to reconnect with nature. To get outside, take a seat, relax, and enjoy being outside. It will also feature information stations on the importance of eating healthy, the various food groups, as well as how to grow basic herbs and vegetables at home.


There will be a section that focuses on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and consist of workout stations made from natural materials with a touch of artistic flair, of course. 


The Healthy Living and Fitness
section is made possible, in part,
due to a contribution from
RHI Legacy Foundation.


We need your help. To make this park a reality, we need your help.  We have received a grant from the NC Arts Council as well as RFI Legacy to fund the infrastructure costs of display materials, pathways, and some materials.  The Art Guild Artists have pledged their time and talents to creating the art, but we still have to raise funds for the materials needed. There are several ways you can help:

  • If you are a business and want to fund a commissioned piece for the sculpture garden that supports the art history component, send us an email and we can let you know the projects that are still available for sponsorship.

  • If you are an artist and would like to donate your talents to helping us create artwork for the park, send us an email with a list of talents and your availability to help.

  • You can donate funds to our campaign fundraiser on Facebook or in person at The VAC in downtown Rutherfordton.

  • There will be opportunities throughout the year to help us create artwork for the recycling section of the park. Watch our Facebook page for more information and updates on when the classes will be held. 

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