Thursday, October 22 at 1 PM EDT | Livestream – In the summer of 1944, a brave young woman from Georgia became the first African-American student to attend an all-white college in the Jim Crow South. Professors Russell Williams Jr., son of BMC alumna Alma Stone Williams, and Joseph Bathanti will discuss her extraordinary life and her place in the history of our country’s struggle for civil rights.


Wednesday, October 14 at 1 PM EDT | Youtube Premiere – Experimental trumpeter/composer Steph Richards and drummer/producer Andrew Munsey perform homeostasis, a new piece for sonic conversations with difficult objects.


Wednesday, November 18th at 1 PM EDT | Livestream – A conversation with Atelier Éditions’ collaborative team and Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, about the newly published “John Cage: A Mycological Foray”


Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM EDT | Youtube Premiere – Electronic composer Kimathi Moore performs Oliver’s Tail [We The Fish]

Lorrie Goulet

Sculptures on far left: Lorrie Goulet, Mother and Child; Torso. Photo credit: Michael Oppenheim. “In retrospect, I see how my experiences at BMC shaped my life. My marriage, my professional career in sculpture, my years of teaching all stemmed directly or...

Jonathan Williams and the Jargon Society

Fall 2020 {120 College Street}

Curated by Alice Sebrell

Jonathan Williams (1929–2008) was a man whose robust and eclectic interests and endeavors make him impossible to easily define. He was a photographer; a poet and essayist; a publisher and designer of books; a collector of books, art, and language; a walker and hiker; an active letter writer; a Southerner by birth and traveler by nature; an advocate for the under-appreciated; and a man who appreciated good food and drink. Jonathan’s independent small-press publishing venture, The Jargon Society, was founded in 1951 just prior to his arrival at Black Mountain College. It became a lifetime pursuit. This exhibition explores the many facets of Jonathan Williams, his Jargon Society Press, and its associated artists and writers.

From the Vault: Recent Gifts to the Collection

Fall 2020 {120 College Street}

Curated by Alice Sebrell

In the past two years, the Permanent Collection of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has grown by hundreds of items. This sampling highlights recent gifts that enhance the understanding of Black Mountain College alumni or faculty, their contributions over their lifetimes, and the lasting influence of BMC as a community. Works by Karen Karnes, Jorge Fick, Jack Tworkov, Faith Murray Britton, Sewell Sillman, Gerald van de Wiele, and others demonstrate the dedication to creativity and experimentation that characterized the individuals who formed that community.


Wednesday, September 23rd at 1 PM EDT | Live on Zoom + FB – Jason Vartiker asks, “How are Ruth Asawa’s hanging wire sculptures a form of activism for racial justice?”

A Message to BMCM+AC Supporters

Will you consider contributing to support Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center bring innovative experiences to Asheville and beyond?


Thursday, August 27th at 1 PM EDT | Live on Zoom + FB – Join David McConville and Glenn English for an in-depth conversation on the life and work of R. Buckminster Fuller.

PERSPECTIVES: Steve Locke with Ben Hall

Wednesday, August 12th at 1 PM EDT | Live on Facebook and Youtube – Artists Steve Locke and Ben Hall will discuss Locke’s current work, Homage to the Auction Block, a series informed by Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square.


Thursday, September 10th at 1 PM EDT | Live on Facebook + Youtube – Turning Jewels Into Water exclusively premiere songs from their newly released album, Our Reflection Adorned by Newly Formed Stars.

Black Lives Matter

BMCM+AC believes that Black Lives Matter.  We are committed to critically evaluating how our organization can confront implicit biases and are looking ahead to long term changes to ensure equity within our museum, community collaborations, exhibitions, curation, and...

Hella Heyman Hammid

Portrait of Hella Heyman from her 1940 application to Black Mountain College. Courtesy of the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina. Hella Hammid, Bathing, 1988, vintage gelatin silver print. Private collection. Hella Heyman Hammid, (Student Fall...

We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite

On February 22 + 23, 2019, Fresh Cut Orchestra and Melanie Charles performed a timely restaging of We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, a landmark recording from the civil rights era. We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite is a recording that embodies the...

Material Sound at Home

In the summer of 2019, a group of international artists converged to explore the ideas of Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College. Curated by Caleb Kelly, this exhibition focused on the making of sound through materials, inspired by Black Mountain College artists...