The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has announced that Jeff Arnal was appointed executive director. Arnal will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership and for further developing the institution’s programming and resources. He will start in the position on June 13, 2016. “Having worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past two decades, first as a composer and percussionist, and later as a curator, writer, administrator, and producer, Jeff is uniquely suited to lead BMCM+AC,” co-chair Brian Butler said. “We look forward to working with him to sustain the college’s tradition of exploring historic paths and forging new ones.”
Arnal cofounded Free Range Asheville, a platform for performance, research, and discourse, in 2015. For three years he worked as a senior specialist for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia. Arnal has also served as a consultant for National Sawdust, a performing arts venue in Brooklyn, and in 2001 he cofounded Improvised and Otherwise, an interdisciplinary festival for emerging artists in the borough. Arnal earned his MFA in music from Bennington College and his BA in interdisciplinary studies—music composition and filmmaking—from the University of Maryland.