Ruth Asawa at Black Mountain College

Ruth Asawa at Black Mountain College

Modernist sculptor Ruth Asawa, famed for her hanging wire sculptures, came to Black Mountain College from Milwaukee State Teachers College, after having spent the early years of WWII in internment camps for Japanese Americans. After studying with Josef Albers from 1946 to 1949, she moved to San Francisco with her husband, architect and fellow BMC student Albert Lanier. There, she co-founded the Alvarado Arts Workshop in 1968, and in 1982 built the San Francisco School for the Arts, a public arts high school. Asawa died at the age of 87 on Tuesday, August 5th.

Two of Ruth Asawa’s sculptures will be featured in our next exhibition, Shaping Craft + Design at Black Mountain College, opening September 6th.