Hours + Location

Mon + Weds-Sat 11:00 – 5:00 pm.

56 Broadway // Asheville, NC 28801
info [at] blackmountaincollege [dot] org

69 Broadway // Asheville, NC 28801

Mission Statement

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) preserves and continues the legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College. We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

BMCM+AC was founded in 1993 by Mary Holden to honor the history of Black Mountain College as a forerunner in progressive interdisciplinary education and to celebrate its extraordinary impact on modern and contemporary art, dance, theatre, music, and performance.

We are committed to educating the public about the history of Black Mountain College and spreading awareness of its extensive legacy through exhibitions, publications, lectures, films, seminars, and oral histories. Through our permanent collection, special exhibitions, publications, and research archive, we continuously provide access to historical materials related to the College and its influence on modern and contemporary artists.

BMCM+AC provides a forum for multifaceted programming in a dynamic environment. Our goal is to provide a gathering point for people from a variety of backgrounds to interact, integrating art, ideas, and discourse with an emphasis on process rather than product.


Jeff Arnal, Executive Director
Alice Sebrell, Program Director
Katie Cornell, Outreach + Development Coordinator
Nicole Erskine, Communications Coordinator
Joey Barrett, Windgate Intern
Carmelo Pampillonio, Windgate Intern
Chava Krivchenia, Windgate Intern

Brian Butler, Co-Chair – Professor of Philosophy, UNC Asheville
Don Carson, Co-Chair – General Manager, RFA Management Co., LLC, Singer, Musician 
Brenda Coates, Secretary – Community Volunteer
Leigh Maher, Treasurer– LMM Business Consulting, CFO Leaf Festival and General Manager Lake Eden Events

Board of Directors: 
Helga Beam – Community Volunteer
Connie Bostic – Artist
John Byrd – Attorney
Curt Cloninger – Associate Professor of New Media, UNC Asheville
Marcia Cohen – Professor of Art, SCAD Atlanta 
John Cram – Owner of Blue Spiral 1, New Morning Gallery, Fine Arts Theatre, Bellagio
Amy Daugherty – Community Volunteer
Todd Fowler – Accountant, Todd and Company Accounting 
Barry Friedlander – Retired Physician
Sydney Green – Community Volunteer and Small Business Owner
Rick Gruber – Director Emeritus, The Ogden Museum of Art
Larry Hopkins – Owner, Ananda Hair Studio
Mary Lynn Kotz – Writer, Author of Rauschenberg: Art and Life
Dave Peifer – Professor of Mathematics, UNC Asheville 
Micah Pulleyn – Artist, Event Planner
Jane Anne Tager – Human Resources Director
Mary Holden Thompson – Director Emerita, Founder
Joseph R. Urgo – Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Asheville
Amanda Wiles – Artist

Advisory Board:
Emoke B’Racz – Owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore
Jeff Davis – Poet, Computer Network Specialist
Gene Felice – New Media Artist, Teacher
Jean B. Franklin – Co-owner of Black Mountain Books
Katie Lee Koven – University Gallery Director, Utah State University
Mark Koven – Artist
David McConville – President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and co-founder of the elumenati
Carol Pennell – Real Estate Broker
Susan Rhew – Graphic Designer / Susan Rhew Design
Glen Shults – Attorney
Fred Turner – Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit the former College campuses?

The YMCA Blue Ridge and Lake Eden campuses are private property and we cannot offer tours to the general public. 

Is parking available at BMCM+AC?

BMCM+AC does not have a dedicated visitor parking lot. Please see this page for numerous parking options in downtown Asheville. 

Are strollers permitted?

Strollers are permitted throughout the galleries, but exhibition layout and events sometimes restrict ease of movement. Please ask museum staff if you require assistance.

Can I use the images on your website on my web site/blog/t-shirt/coffee mug?

You may use images from our website for non-commercial purposes only. Please remember to properly credit both the artist and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. If you have further questions about image rights and uses, please contact info [at] blackmountaincollege [dot] org

Can I use my cell phone in the museum?

Feel free to text, take photos, and engage via social media while in the galleries. Please step outside to take a call. Also, please respect the experience of other visitors by silencing your phone during museum events. 

How do I schedule a tour or school group visit?

Please see this page for information about guided and self-guided visits for adults, college students, school, and community groups. 

How are artists chosen for exhibitions?

BMCM+AC is committed to exhibiting the work of Black Mountain College faculty and students, as well as modern and contemporary artists working under the influence of Black Mountain College. BMCM+AC does not accept unsolicited submissions and our resources do not allow for curatorial review of such projects. We appreciate your interest and your understanding.

How are artists chosen for {Re}Happening / Interlude / other contemporary events?

A committee of arts professionals releases a call for applications. Artists are selected on the basis of their applications and notified in a timely manner. 

Does BMCM+AC accept donations of art?

To learn more about donating a work of art to the BMCM+AC collection, please contact Alice Sebrell at alice [at] blackmountaincollege [dot] org