This has been another year of unparalleled exhibitions and performances, a celebration of what’s possible in our new home and with the support of our community.

At the beginning of 2019, we were in the last few weeks of the inaugural exhibition at 120 College Street, Between Form and Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College, which was a major accomplishment in its scope and its expansion of community partnerships. Next, we presented an intimate look at the college’s political dimensions, both internal and external, through the exhibition Politics at Black Mountain College. During the same time period, the exhibition Aaron Siskind: A Painter’s Photographer and Works on Paper by BMC Artists revealed the photographer’s elegant approach to abstraction alongside works by others in his circle of influence.

From June through August, our galleries filled with sound as part of Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College, an exploration of contemporary experimental and material-based processes rooted in theories and practices developed at Black Mountain College. We closed out the year with VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek, an exhibition that bridges the historic and contemporary through an intergenerational artistic conversation.

2019 also marked the 100th birthday of Merce Cunningham, and 100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus, which closed in the same year Black Mountain College opened, seeding the latter with its faculty and utopian values. Both centennials sparked global celebrations, transcending geographic and disciplinary boundaries to honor the impact of courageous communities and collaborators. We joined the world in these celebrations through a special installation of historic dance films of the Cunningham Dance Company at this year’s {Re}HAPPENING, the exhibition BAUHAUS 100, and a virtual reality exploration of the Bauhaus Dessau building, on loan from the Goethe-Institut. Collaborations between Stan VanDerBeek, Merce Cunningham and the Cunningham Dance Company play a key role in our current exhibition, VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek.


We welcomed an impressive roster of performing artists this year as well, continuing our Performance Initiative, which began in 2017. Our 2019 performances brought to light Black Mountain College’s international and multigenerational influences, from showcasing contemporary musicians who continue the legacy of experimental music within a global context, to addressing issues connected to the shared history and community of Western North Carolina, and embracing the interconnectivity of the arts that was at the core of Black Mountain College’s philosophy through multimedia explorations.


This array of ambitious undertakings attracted the attention of Hyperallergic, Burnaway and Artsy, further establishing BMCM+AC as a forum for dynamic programs that enliven the regional, national, and international arts community, contributing to Western North Carolina’s reputation as a globally significant hub for creativity.

We also worked to expand the reach of BMC scholarship by resuming publication of The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, a peer-reviewed open-access digital publication that continues BMC’s tradition of embracing alternative models of publishing, and strives to present diverse works by writers and artists of varied backgrounds.



Our staff evolved this year as former Development Manager, Molly Silverstein, began her graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School. We welcomed Carissa Pfeiffer as Development Coordinator in April. Carissa’s background in library science has opened up new strategies for our permanent collection and research center, laying the groundwork for increased access to these rich materials.


In addition, we welcomed two new members to our Board of Directors: Hedy Fischer and Teresa Swan Tuite.

Hedy Fischer is a collector, traveler, curator and all around cultural pollinator who resides in Asheville, North Carolina and Merida, Mexico. Her far reaching perspective on global arts and culture resonates with BMC’s international legacy.

Teresa Swan Tuite is Executive Director of Student Success at Lenoir-Rhyne University. A graduate of Yale Divinity School where she received her PhD in Religious Studies, Teresa is expanding our partnerships with local universities and national academic circles.






Building on past accomplishments and looking to the future, this year we adopted a new strategic plan. BMCM+AC 2019-2024 will guide the next stage of the museum’s organizational development, with the aim of establishing BMCM+AC as an international arts center. The core commitment of our plan is to build the financial capacity and visibility to widen the impact of our efforts to continue Black Mountain College’s legacy, and sharing it as much as possible with communities both in this region and around the world.

This potential, as we continue to grow, is only possible thanks to the generous spirit of the community we serve. Please consider donating, becoming a member, or volunteering with us if you have not yet. 

As a nonprofit, our achievements are the fruit of everyone who has contributed in myriad ways to the ongoing story of Black Mountain College. We are tremendously grateful to our donors, community partners, volunteers, and friends.

On behalf of our staff, board, and all who enjoy and participate in all that we do throughout the year, thank you for your part in helping us achieve our mission. As we move forward into 2020, we pledge to be worthy of the trust you place in us to extend this vital legacy.





Visitors: 10,500 

Active members: 524

First time members: 143

Collaborating artists and performers: 150+

Exhibitions: 6



Total Events: 40

Lectures + gallery talks: 14

Films@BMCM+AC: 5

Workshops: 5

Performances: 13

Literary events/readings: 3



5,000+ website visitors 

11,000+ Facebook followers

6,000+ Instagram followers (@bmcmuseum and @bmcbooks)

3,745+ e-newsletter subscribers


There’s so much to share with you, from our full roster of exhibitions and programs to this year’s collection acquisitions and publications.

You can find all this and more in the 2019 Annual Report PDF linked below.


Foundation Support

Aaron Copland Fund for Music

Australian Arts Council

The Beattie Foundation

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority

The Community Foundation of Western Carolina

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund

The Henry Luce Foundation

The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts

The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation

The National Endowment for the Arts

New England Foundation for the Arts

North Carolina Arts Council

Windgate Charitable Foundation

BMC Circle $20,000+

John Cram + Matt Chambers

Hedy Fischer + Randy Shull

BMC Circle $10,000+

Anonymous Donor

Donald + Cynthia Carson

Sydney + Michael Green

Jim + Kendall Oliver / AVL Technologies

BMC Advocates $5,000+

John Byrd + Ellen Clarke

Laurie Corral

Rob Pulleyn

BMC Patrons $4,000+

Helga + Jack Beam

Elizabeth Holden

BMC Patrons $2,000+

Thomas Frank

Marya Roland

Will Sibbald + Lee Brown

Susan Turner

BMC Patrons $1,000+ 

Marion L. Johnson Church

Todd Fowler

Barry + Sandy Friedlander

Ron Janssen

Mary Lynn Kotz

Robert + Karen Milnes

Peggy Newell

Dorothea Rockburne

In memory of Michael Rumaker

Patrick Rumaker

Andy Scott

BMC Benefactors $500+

Kit Dreier

Lisa Goldberg

Lynne Goode + Harrison Williams

Nancy Holmes

Larry Hopkins

Bruce Hughes + Nancy Kirkland

Linda + Ron Larsen

Bruce Manes

Terry + Holly Reiling

Jim Samsel

Glen Shults + Linda Vespereny

Larry Turner

Brent Skidmore

UNC Asheville STEAM Studio

Warren Wilson College Art Department

David Worley

BMC Sustainers $250+

Asheville School

Joel + Marla Adams

Henry Bass

Polly + Scott Beam

John English

Jeffrey Gardiner

Miegan + Chan Gordon

Caprice + Michael Hamlin-Krout

Harvest Records

Rick Holman

Ruth Asawa Lanier Inc.

Toby Levy

James Lindsey

Amy Mitchell

Dave Peifer + Brenda Carleton

Richard Perry

Jim Peterson

Barbara Reynolds

Joel Rosenberg

Paul + Cherry Saenger

Samsel Architects

Mary Holden Thompson

In memory of James Thompson

Michael + Mary Ann Weston

Amanda Wiles

BMC Fans $120+

Linda Andrews

Rod + Bess Baird

Ann Batchelder + Henri Kieffer

Richard + Diana Brewster

Renee Bumbaugh

Missy + Wes Cochran

Marcia Cohen

Dorothy E. Corbin 

Thorns + Perry Craven

Aiko Cuneo

Libby + Michael de Caetani

Docents of the Asheville Art Museum

Patrick Ellingham

Nina Gregg + Douglas Gamble

Robert Jolly + Lois Koufman

Kenn + Michelle Lappas Kotara

Jeff Kinzel + Diana Stoll

Charles Krekelberg + Aimee Ellingsen

Elizabeth Llewellyn

Gregory Lyon

Virginia McKinley

Gail Meadows

Rachel Meginnes

Penland School of Craft

Demetri Poulis

Melinda Raab

Isabel Rubio

Libby Skamfer

Ira Sloan + Lina Evans

Lan Sluder + Sheila Lambert

Ted + Susan Stebbins

Leslie Paul Symington

In memory of Ragland Watkins

Helen Wykle

BMC Creative Partners $75+

Mary Alm + Darrell Russell

Carol Anders

Joseph + Joan Bathanti

Karen Bell

Connie Bostic

Clara Boza

Wade Brickhouse

Nathan + Anne Burkhardt

Pat + Ed Butler

Michael Carlebach + Margot Ammidown

William Eakins

Ann Ehringhaus

Catherine Frank

Patti Glazer

Rick + Sharon Gruber

Deborah Haynes

David G. Hill

Bert + Hertha Horwitz

Patti Hughes

Julia Jordan

Bob Kelly

Nancy + Matt Liddle

Steven LaMoy

Adam Larsen

Susan Maley

David McConville

Margit Meissner

Herbert Oppenheimer

Hilary Rice

Ute Roth

Constance Schrader

Gayle Speck

Bill + Heli Tomford

Martha Treichler

Faith Williams

David + Sheri Wright

Donors up to $75

Brian Airedale

Peter Alberice + Sandra Stambaugh

Ben Alper

LuAnn Arena

Sylvia Ashby

Sally + Bill Atkins

Robin August

Carroll Austin

Lee + Nancy Averett

Matthew Banash

Genevieve Barnhart

Claire E. Barratt

James Barron

Pinky Bass

Cecily Bastedo

Duffy Baum

Jeffery Beam + Stanley Finch

Karen A. Bearor

Linda Beltran

Theodora Benezra

Margaret Berman

Lois Bernard

Patsy Beyer

Lisa Blackburn + John Hartom

Philip + Jacqueline Blocklyn

Ronna Bloom

Jackie Blount

Nick Boone

William + Martha Boyd

Rebecca Boyden + Geoffrey Cunningham

Mary Elizabeth Boyle

Norma Bradley

Cynthia Bringle

Ryan Brisini

Hill Brown

Mary Ellen Brown

Kellie Brown

Bear Brown

Jamil Brownson

Candace Buck

Tom Butler

Sharon Campbell

Denise Carbonell + Derek Dominy

Julie Caro

Daniel Casse

James Cavanaugh

Katherine Chaddock

Justin Childress

Hilary Chiz

George Chu

Betty Clark

Andrea Clarke

Curt + Julie Cloninger

Noon Coda

Alberto Colonia + George Hunker

Katie Cornell

Robin Croog

Laura Crutchfield

Vicki Cummings

John Dancy-Jones

Brenda Danilowitz

Blaise deFranceaux

Fred Dewey

Anne Dickens + Craig Bogdon

Andrew Dietz

Suzanne Dittenber

Michelle Dorf

Christine Dowd

Sarah Downing

Joy Drury Cox

Judith Duncan

Mignon Durham

Robert Early

Dean Eastman

Mark Endries

Walter Ähnle

Constance Ensner

Maria Epes

Sharon + Vic Fahrer

David Feingold

Robert Feirstein

Anita Feldman

Lesley Firestein

Craig Fischer

Suzanne + Marshall Fisher

Chas Fitzgerald

Keely Flow

Robert Freet

Michael Friedlander

Gaetana Friedman

Belinda Fromson

Roxanne Frue

Phil Fryberger

Will Gale

Louise Galindo

Josephine Garibaldi

Bill + Nancy Gettys

Joseph P. Gigliotti

Diana Gillispie + Michael Robinson

Christopher Glass

David + Barbara Goist

John Goist

Mary Goodkind

Lorrie Goulet

Gillian Grant

Arch Gregory

Charlott Greub

Gerry Grimm

Linda Gritta

Kiel Haywood

Irene Hall

Alan Hantz

Kristin Harkey

Barbara + Cliff Harmon

Mary Emma Harris

Sandra Hartmannsgruber

Michael Hatch

Gary Hawkins

Mary Beth Hayes

Tom Hayes

Harrison Haynes

Babara Hearn

David Heckel

Carey Hedlund

Alice Helms

Stephen Hendricks

Brian Hersh

Michael Hettich

Patrick Hill

Elaine Hill

Joshua Hoeynck

Karen Hoffman

Grace Holden

Susan Holden

Amanda Hollomon-Cook

William Hooper

Tyler Housholder

Liz Huesemann

Jon Jicha

Henrikus Joko Yulianto

Eric Jungermann

Stephen Keeble + Karen DePew

Aparna Keshaviah

Eric King

Lesley King

Kyoko Kinoshita

Anna Koloseike

Sandy Konkel

Lucy Amelia Kruesel

Lee Kucera

Adele La Brecque

Laura Ladendorf

Lee Lancaster

Elizabeth Lang

Monique Lanoix

Carol Lawrence + Peter Caulfield

Amory LeCuyer

Deborah Lewis + Tom Lang

Rena Lindstrom

Billie Lofland

Andreas Luescher

Gabriele Marewski

Jennifer Marsh

Alli Marshall

Sara Marshall

Sebastian Matthews + Alison Climo

Paul McDonald + John McClain

Jean McLaughlin

Pennie McLean

Tony Micocci

Carol Mills

Bonnie Milne Gardner

Glen Miska

Ged Moody + Debbie Tallarico

Laura Moody

Susie Mosher

William Murdoch

Yasuhito Nagahara

Dale Neal

Bonni Nechemias

Alan O’Neal

Sally Ogletree

Katrina Ohstrom

Susan Oliver

Sarah Oram

Sylvia Organ

John Orr

Donna + Ronald Oser

Nicki Ostrishko

Betty Paine

Ralph Paquin

Jim Parker

James Parker

Lauren Patton

Elizabeth Pedersen

George Peery + Mary Stair

Megan Pendleton

Joanna Perkinson

Patsy Pettus

Joan Petty

Judith + Richard Pigossi

Vicky Pinney

Joseph Pisa

Rachel Pohl

Judith Pohl-Zaretsky

Steve Poppe

Mary Ellen Porter

Doris Potash

Barbara Pressman

Craig Quintero

Jason Reeves

Michael + Tamara Reid

Sarah Reincke

Daniel Remein

Susan Rhew

Vicki Richards

Deborah Robertson

Helen Robinson

Sarah Ross

Seth Rouser

Karen Rowlett

Leisa Rundquist

Sammy Sams

Deborah Schauffler

Lee Seabrook

Roxanne Semon

Jan Sheaffer

Kelsey Sheaffer

Robin Sholder

Amy Shumaker

David Silver

Madeleine Sis

Clarissa Sligh

Linda Smathers + Sam Speciale

Leverett Smith, Jr.

Elaine Smyth

Sylvia + James Smythe

Katherine Soniat

Michelle Soule

Heather South

Susan Sowell

Jim Stern

Michael Stewart

Irene Stoll

Linda Stover

Bill Swafford

Vaughn Talbert

Jo + Porter Taylor

Julie Thomson

Lacey Torge

Elizabeth Towers

Doug Trimbach

Kathy Triplett

Judy Upjohn

Kristy Urquhart

Aaron VanSteinberg

Roberta Wall

Joanna Walsh

Callie Warner

Hope Warshaw

Ragland Watkins

Chuck Welch

Christina Whiteman

Stephen Williams

Richard Wilson

Carol Ann Winter

Katharine Woodwell

Gregory Zack

Paul Zmolek

2019 Annual Report

Dear Friends,

This has been another year of unparalleled exhibitions and performances, a celebration of what’s possible in our new home and with the support of our community. Follow the link below for our full Annual Report for 2019.