M. Rachael Arauz is an independent art historian and curator. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Baden is a Professor of Photography at Warren Wilson College and the director of the photo + craft project in Asheville.
Claire Elizabeth Barratt is an Asheville-based artist and director of Cilla Vee Life Arts. She holds and MFA from the Transart Institute based in Berlin.
Karen Bearor is an Associate Professor of Art History at Florida State University and has pioneered the first significant scholarship on the Design Laboratory.
John R. Blakinger is a 24-month Chester Dale Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University.
Lee Ann Brown is a poet and Professor of English at St. John’s University.
Candace Buck is a student in the Masters of Liberal Arts and Sciences program at UNC-Asheville. Her studies revolve around the creative arts at Black Mountain College.
Lucy Burns is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manchester researching Black Mountain College and postwar American poetry.
Charmaine Cadeau is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at High Point University.
Siu Challons-Lipton is the Chair of the Art Department and the Carolyn G. and Sam H. McMahon Professor of Art History at Queens University of Charlotte.
Johnathan C. Creasy is an author, musician, editor, and publisher based in Ireland. He is Editor-in-Chief at New Dublin Press and the author of the book, The Black Mountain Letters: Poems & Essays (Dalkey Archive Press). He has recently completed his Ph.D. thesis on poetics and pedagogy at Black Mountain College at Trinity College Dublin.
MJ Daines is an artist and jacquard weaver currently working toward a BFA in Art History at Concordia University in Montreal.
Jeff Davis is an independent scholar, poet, and producer based in Asheville, NC. He is also General Manager of the arts nonprofit MadHat, Inc.
Fred Dewey is an independent public scholar, editor, activist, curator, and author. He directed Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Los Angeles and has taught at various art schools, universities, and free spaces in the U.S. and Europe.
Michaela Dwyer is a doctoral student in American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill where she studies place, southerness, and performance in relation to Black Mountain College.
Richard Emanuel is a Professor of Communication at Alabama State University. He has published dozens of research articles exploring a wide array of topics in communication.
Jeff Gardiner is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has published many papers on the work of Black Mountain poet Charles Olson.
Diana Greenwold is the Assistant Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art.
Marry Emma Harris is an independent historian of Black Mountain College and the author of The Arts at Black Mountain College (MIT Press, 1987). She is the Director of the Black Mountain College Project.
Laura Hope-Gill is a poet, historian, director of the M.A. in Writing program at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and founder of Asheville Wordfest.
Erika Funke is the Senior Arts Producer & Classical Music Host for public radio station WVIA in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Aimee Herring holds a Masters in Education from the College of Charleston and currently serves as the ESOL Facilitator of Charleston County Adult Education.
Claire K. Henry is the assistant curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Holly Hursh is the daughter and assistant of the former Black Mountain College student Frank Hursh.
Abriana Jetté is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator from Brooklyn, New York. She is an adjunct professor and Ph.D. candidate at St. John’s University.
Charles Johnson is a Professor of Popular Culture Studies and History at Valdosta State University. He is also the founder of the “Black Mountain Transcendentalist Society” with students Sean Patrick Jankowski, Aaron M. McMillan, April Salas, and Emily K. White.
Michael Kellner is an artist and lecturer at The Ohio State University. He holds an MFA from the University of Cincinnati.
Steve Lane is an artist based in New York and Beijing. He is the Director of summer international art at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Chair of the Art Department at Keio Academy of New York.
Pamela Lanza holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and teaches at UC Berkeley Extension and SFAI ACE Program.
Ben Lee is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. He publishes essays and reviews on postwar experimental poetry.
Kelly Love is a researcher, community developer, and social justice activist based in Lynchburg, VA. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and has founded three organizations.
Ryan Madden directs the Buckminster Fuller Cabaret, MC'd by Caleb Beisert, host of Asheville’s longest running poetry open-mic and featuring Ben Mack, Max Melner, Jean-Marque Herring as Bucky in Baron Medusa, and the Kavalactones, an Asheville-based drip noise band.
Lisa McCarty is a photographer, filmmaker, and curator based in Durham, NC. On this project, she collaborated with composer D. Edward Davis and percussionist Tim Feeney.
Jay Miller is a Professor of Philosophy at Warren Wilson College who has written many articles on the intersection of art and politics.
Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. From 2010 to 2014 she served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, where she organized Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 with Associate Curator, Ruth Erickson. She is the author and editor of the accompanying book for Leap Before You Look.
Peter Moore is a professor at Purdue University and publishes Lute & Drum, an online journal of poetry and essays.
Dave Peifer is a Professor at UNC-Asheville and serves on the Board of Directors at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
James Perkins is Assistant Professor of Physics at UNC Asheville. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University and he teaches in the UNC Asheville Humanities Program.
Alessandro Porco is an Assistant Professor of English at UNC Wilmington. He recently edited a book of poetry compiled from found works at Black Mountain College.
Johnathan Railey is a poet and psychotherapist practicing in Asheville, NC.
John Roche is a poet and Associate Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently researching the Black Mountain College diaspora after its closing.
Michael Ruiz is a Professor of Physics at UNC-Asheville. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland.
Ricky Sears is an artist and teacher at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD.
David Silver is an Associate Professor of Media Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Agriculture at the University of San Francisco. He is researching and writing about the farm program at Black Mountain College.
Heather South is the lead archivist at the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of NC.
Lexie Stoia is an artist based in Columbus, OH. She also serves on the faculty of Columbus College of Art & Design.
Mercedes Teixido is an artist and Associate Professor of Drawing at Pomona College.
Julie J. Thomson is an independent scholar and curator who lives in Durham, NC. She is currently researching and curating the exhibition Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College which is scheduled to open at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in January 2017.