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Appalachian’s AIGA student group is a student-led affiliate of AIGA, the Professional Association for Design, a national organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. The student group’s goals are to create opportunities for students to get involved in the local design community, foster greater community among peers, provide a network of resources, and help build valuable leadership skills necessary in the professional world. Follow @aigaasu on Twitter for updates and information.

AIGA | ASU Facebook Page


Art History Club

The Art History Club was created by ASU art history students as a means to explore and educate ourselves in the history of art. The club meets to create an environment in which to discuss issues related to art history, and to prepare students for careers in art history and related fields, including opportunities to present and discuss research, provide interaction with professionals in the field, and to share ideas and experiences related to art. The club also meets to create an atmosphere of community and enjoyment, by taking museum trips, viewing movies, and other social events. Last Spring we flew to New York City, stayed at ASU’s Loft, and toured the museums and neighborhoods of New York.

Art History Club at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art History Club at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art History Club Facebook Page


Arts Management Organization (AMO)

The Arts Management Organization seeks to promote professionalism and networking within the arts fields by increasing the awareness of the arts on ASU's campus and in the community. Members seek to enrich the knowledge and appreciation of all the arts who are involved. AMO promotes existing campus and community activities and events of various disciplines to facilitate relationships among future professionals and creates a more enriching experience that encourages involvement and awareness. We hope through our efforts we can improve participation and professional networking within the arts fields.

AMO Website


NAEA (National Association of Art Educators) Student Chapter

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Student Chapter promotes arts advocacy, professional development and leadership opportunities in visual arts education for the benefit of emerging educators in diverse communities.

The chapter at Appalachian has traveled to state and national conventions, conducted area service workshops, participated in Art Expo, visited museums and raised money for outreach programs. The chapter has three elected officers and meets regularly during the academic year.

This year 2011-2012 the chapter will travel to the NAEA in New York City in the spring. If you are interested in joining, contact the art education faculty for current members contact information.


Student Art League

The Student Art League (SAL) is an organization designed to bridge the proverbial “gap” between the many disciplines offered in the ASU Department of Art. We work with local businesses to create and promote exhibition opportunities for students, helping students gain exposure for their work and build their portfolios, while simultaneously building strong connections within the Boone art community. SAL provides a venue for extracurricular technical demonstrations, visiting artist lectures, critiques, and field trips. Members will be encouraged to strengthen their creative talents through individual art-making, collaborative art-sharing, and promotion of the visual arts to a large target audience, from the campus of ASU to North Carolina as a whole.



The Peel Literature and Arts Review is Appalachian State University’s student-run literary arts publication that is produced thrice a year. An online edition is released at the end of fall, while both an online and print edition are released at the end of spring semester. The print edition features the highest scoring student works from both online editions of the academic year. Student submissions are reviewed and scored by one of three critique committees (art, poetry or prose), with the authors or artists remaining anonymous. All work is then accepted or rejected based upon the committee's scores.

The Peel is committed to nurturing and celebrating our university's vibrant, active and creative community. We strongly believe that Appalachian students deserve an outlet and showcase for their creative expression. We invite you to join The Peel Literature and Arts Review as we continue to learn, grow, and foster the Appalachian creative atmosphere by publishing quality content in an accessible medium. Visit for more information.