In September, 2018 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) will have a permanent place to call home for the first time in our 25-year history. We’re certain that you’ll share our excitement. Our new home at 120 College Street will be a relocation and expansion to a newly renovated building on Pack Square Park in the heart of the city. The new 6,000sf space will nearly double our footprint and include:

  • 2,500sf of flexible exhibition/event space with a seating capacity for 180
  • a permanent Black Mountain College history and research center
  • an expanded library and education center with over 1,500 BMC-related texts
  • on-site storage for our permanent collection and research center

Above all, this project will help solidify the museum as the preeminent Black Mountain College resource and a vital international art center. The remarkable history and continuing influence of Black Mountain College deserves a permanent home. Read on for more details on the history of 120 College Street and our plans for renovation.

Shown on the right, 120 College Street in the 1920s, serving as the home for The Asheville Times. To the left, The Majestic Theatre, no longer standing.

The build-out for the new space is already halfway done, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Buncombe County TDA and $200,000 raised by the BMCM+AC board covering construction costs. At this time we are scheduled to complete construction by August 1. Patti Glazer is the architect and Beverly-Grant is the contractor on the project. Internationally renown architect Randy Shull, who led the renovation of 56 + 69 Broadway, is advising on this renovation and offering customs designs. 120 College is a historic site, built in the 1920s at which time it was the home of The Asheville Times newspaper. Our renovations will preserve the historic qualities of the building, including Prohibition-era tin ceilings and brick flooring on the lower levels, while creating a flexible, comfortable and inviting space for exhibition, research and programming. This move is transformative because it includes a path to ownership within 5 years, which will make the space the museum’s first permanent home in our history.

120 College Street will open on September 28, 2018 with the exhibition Between Form + Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College, curated by Dr. Julie Levin Caro, Professor of Art History at Warren Wilson College, and Jeff Arnal, Executive Director of BMCM+AC. The opening will take place in conjunction with our annual conference ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, co-organized and co-hosted by UNC Asheville. We look forward to sharing this pivotal moment in BMCM+AC’s history with all of you! 

Glazer Architecture’s Floor Plans for the Upper and Lower levels of 120 College Street, showing our renovations to provide research, exhibition and flexible programming spaces.

Unlike our previous renovation and expansion to 69 Broadway, we will be fully relocating to 120 College Street and saying a grateful farewell to 56 Broadway. For our final exhibition at 56 Broadway, we will be looking back over our 25 years with Shared History. This exhibition highlights not just the museum’s origins, programs, exhibitions, partnerships, {Re}HAPPENINGs, conferences, and notable collection pieces, but the many ways that this organization has created a space for connection and creativity. Fulfilling its original promise to BMC alumni to be not merely a museum memorializing the past, but a center geared towards building community in the present and fostering forward-thinking creativity. Shared History will open June 1st and run through August 4th, we invite you to join us in sharing memories and celebrating this milestone in BMCM+AC’s history. 

 

 

As renovations near completion, we will be sharing progress photos in the album below. Take a moment to see the progress we have made so far: