Roundtable Discussion: Marie T. Cochran, Larry Paul King + Reggie Tidwell

May 6, 2022 at 1PM

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center {120 College Street}

A roundtable discussion with curator Marie T. Cochran and artists Larry Paul King and Reggie Tidwell on the exhibition adVANCE! Modernism, Black Liberation + Black Mountain College (Feb 11, 2022 – May 14, 2022). Join us for an informal reception to celebrate the exhibition following the conversation.

Marie Cochran is an American installation artist, educator, curator, and art writer. She was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia. Her work centers on issues of race and gender from an African-American perspective and explores the dynamics of Affrilachia. She is the founding curator for the Affrilachian Artist Project, an organization that promotes the concept of Affrilachia, and works with artists of color in Appalachia. She is currently a joint professor at Duke University (Center for Documentary Studies) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Department of American Studies).

Larry Paul King is a sculptor based in Asheville who uses multimedia to express his feelings concerning current everyday phenomena. Born and raised in Chicago’s southside. At 9, he learned how to weld metal in his father’s Auto Repair shop and at 18 won both the Fisher Body contest for car design and a scholarship to St Xavier University in New Orleans, majoring in Architectural Sculpture. A year later he returned to Chicago when his father died. Larry married and transferred to the school of the Art Institute of Chicago as a sculpture major. Due to the strain of school, jobs, and family, he left SAIC and worked for the USPS and retired as a Transportation Contracting Specialist after 32 years of service. In 1990, Larry attended the College of DuPage for sculpture, worked as a Lab Tech teaching welding techniques in sculpture classes, while using the studio to create large pieces of his own. Since that time, he has exhibited in galleries in Chicago and Western NC. Installation of large outdoor sculptures located in the Northshore Sculpture Park, Morton Arboretum and in Asheville’s Amboy Park.

Reggie Tidwell (Curve Theory) is an award-winning designer and photographer based in Asheville, NC. Tidwell received his BFA in Graphic Design in 1997 from Maryville University in St. Louis. Since then, he has worked with clients all over the world, helping them connect with their audiences. Tidwell is the founding president of AIGA Asheville, the 75th chapter of the organization. He has been professionally photographing people and their environment, since 2004 and is an insured and FAA licensed remote pilot, utilizing drones in his work. He is a volunteer and 2017 Board President of LEAF Community Arts.