Fall 2020
Curated by Alice Sebrell

In the past two years, the Permanent Collection of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has grown by hundreds of items. This sampling highlights recent gifts that enhance the understanding of Black Mountain College alumni or faculty, their contributions over their lifetimes, and the lasting influence of BMC as a community. Works by Karen Karnes, Jorge Fick, Jack Tworkov, Faith Murray Britton, Sewell Sillman, Gerald van de Wiele, and others demonstrate the dedication to creativity and experimentation that characterized the individuals who formed that community.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has been a collecting institution since its inception in 1993. The majority of acquisitions come directly from BMC alumni and family members and through the museum’s growing network of relationships with collectors and friends of alumni. Thanks to the generosity of these donors, we are proud to share the profound history and legacy of BMC with you and future generations. 

Sewell Sillman, Chiaroscuro (Bright Dark) 3, 1987. BMCM+AC Permanent Collection. Gift of the Estate of Sewell Sillman. | Karen Karnes, Boulder, Untitled Vessel, c. 2001, glazed stoneware, 16 x 23 x 15 inches. Collection of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Gift of Rob Williams.