Trude Guermonprez, Ingeborg Lauterstein wearing centaur costume designed by Rauschenberg, Black Mountain College, 1949. Collection of Black  Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.

Ingeborg Lauterstein (Student 1948-1949) (b.1923-d.2012)

Ingeborg Lauterstein, known as Inga, was born in Vienna, Austria, and lived there during Hitler’s rise to power, an experience she channeled into her novels The Water Castle, Vienna Girl, and Shoreland. She studied Art and earned a D.A. from the Glasgow School of Art.

In Austria, she studied at Salzburg with Oskar Kokoschka. She came to the United States to attend Black Mountain College where she studied with Josef Albers and Charles Olson. She credits Olson with giving her the permission to claim herself as a writer. Later, Lauterstein studied writing with Caroline Gordon and Margaret Young at the New School in New York City. She married Lincoln Lauterstein, an attorney for the Metropolitan Opera, and had one son. Inga’s wedding dress was designed by fellow BMC student Robert Rauschenberg.