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This fall, San Francisco-based scholar David Silver led a tour of the former Black Mountain College farm, barns, and campus with Mary Emma Harris, author of The Arts at Black Mountain College. With a crew of ReVIEWING BMC conference-goers, Ted Dreier, Jr., who spent much of his childhood and adolescence at Black Mountain College, read aloud from historical texts, pausing to recount his memories of the College.

Like so much of what we do here, this moment was about confluence: of the past and present, of people, of disciplines, of ideas. These moments resonate and ripple outwards, facilitating more scholarship, art, and conversation. Read More>>


Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center to Expand

bmc logo by j.albersTo read Asheville Citizen Times article click here.

Grant enables creation of new gallery space, study center, visitor amenities, access to Black Mountain College archive, and enhanced programming at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s new facility.  

The receipt of a major grant for Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), in Asheville, NC, from the Windgate Charitable Foundation (Siloam Springs, AR) was announced today by BMCM+AC Board Chair J. Richard Gruber. The $646,685 grant will enable the BMCM+AC to embark on a three-year plan to greatly expand and enhance its offerings through exhibitions and displays; conferences and workshops; public programs including performances, readings, and screenings; and a new research and study center. In a building owned by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD)—newly ensconced steps away from the BMCM+AC in downtown Asheville’s vibrant cultural district—BMCM+AC will open a temporary exhibitions gallery and create storage space for the Museum’s growing collection of artwork and materials by faculty and alumni of the profoundly influential Black Mountain College (BMC). The grant also supports educational opportunities including Museum Internship and Design Apprenticeship programs. Read More >>

Design Apprenticeship Blog

BMCExpandByCarleyBrandauFor updates on the work-in-progress, be sure to check out the Instagram account that Brandau is curating, blkmtncollege_expand, as well as her Tumblr page:

This fall, we received funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to begin the pilot phase of our first-ever Design Apprenticeship program. We are proud to announce that artist and recent UNCA graduate Carley Brandau has been selected as the inaugural Design Apprentice for this program.

This apprenticeship directly supports BMCM+AC’s redesign and renovation of our new gallery space in the building owned by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and the adaptive conversion of our current 56 Broadway space into a research and study center. Through one-on-one training sessions, the program echoes the workshop structure of both the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. Artist, designer, entrepreneur, and collector Randy Shull, commissioned to design and oversee the physical expansion of BMCM+AC, is the design mentor for the pilot program, which focuses on design and furniture building. Read More >>


Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets


September 5, 2014 - New Closing Date December 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday September 5, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, FREE
Gallery talk by the curator at 7:00pm

This exhibition showcases the work of the lyrical abstract expressionist painter Dan Rice, a key figure in the ‘40s and ‘50s at Black Mountain College and in the art world centered on New York’s legendary Cedar Tavern. His friends included fellow artists de Kooning, Kline, Rothko, Pollock, Rauschenberg, and many others, along with poets such as Robert Creeley and Charles Olson. Rice’s work, among the best of his adventurous generation, is long overdue for re-evaluation and renewed recognition. Read More >>

This show, mainly works on paper, will serve as the visual counterpoint to the BMCM+AC’s 6th annual conference, ReVIEWING BMC 6: The Writers of Black Mountain College.

Citation: Dan Rice, Untitled, 1960, mixed media on paper, 23.875 x 17.875 inches. Collection of Hilary D. Rice.



Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil's poem/images

SusanWeilApril2000forwebUpcoming Exhibition - January 30 – May 23, 2015

Curated by Rachael Inch and Brian E. Butler
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 30, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
with a gallery talk by Weil's studio assistant and exhibition co-curator Rachael Inch

This project receives support from: the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Asheville Area Arts Council; UNC Asheville Howerton Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.

Susan Weil's poemumbles are a unique form of poetic expression that explore the limitless potential and fluidity of her thoughts in visual and verbal form. Weil has always had an affinity for words. Ever since her father Leonard read Chaucer and Joyce to her as a child, words have given Weil a unique way of looking at the world. When Susan met her Swedish dealer Anders Tornberg in 1977, she began sending him poems and accompanying images. Read More >>


Black Mountain Poets - Audio Recordings

BMCPoetsImg1Thanks to Phillip Barron, a poet and graduate student in the MFA program in creative writing at San Francisco State University, for assembling this collection of links to audio recordings by some of the Black Mountain poets. Below is his explanation of the process he went through.

I started with a broad understanding of who counts as a Black Mountain poet and why. Below is a walk through my thinking about the search. While on sabbatical from his teaching responsibilities at Black Mountain College, Charles Olsen hit upon an idea that poetry needs to focus on the world through objects, instead of through our impressions. As Olson writes in "Projective Verse,"  poetry is a matter of relating the “(1) the kinetics of the thing. Read More >>