Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets


September 5, 2014 - January 10, 2015
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.


ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 6


September 26-28, 2014
Asheville, North Carolina

Thematic Focus: The Writers of Black Mountain College. 
The 6th Annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference will focus on the writers associated with Black Mountain College and their influence on the form and content of poetry, literature and non-fiction. From the groundbreaking ideas of Charles Olson and Robert Creeley in poetry, to the incisive and revealing non-fiction of Francine du Plessix Gray and Michael Rumaker, to the scholarly and thought-provoking work of Suzi Gablik and Charles Perrow, this thematic focus is rich with material. Presentations and performances are not limited to this theme and may address any topic related to Black Mountain College and its legacy. Hosted and sponsored by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the University of North Carolina Asheville. In conjunction with the conference, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will present the exhibition Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets exploring the work of this important, but often overlooked, Abstract Expressionist painter and BMC alumnus. 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 >>


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 >>