Conference Location
UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


1:00 p.m. – Lobby
Registration opens 

1:30 p.m. 

Room 206
STUDENT PANEL moderator: Jay Miller
Julia Park – Authenticity in Art and Education: Mary Caroline Richards at Black Mountain College
Sam Morkal-Williams – Do We Idealize BMC?
Matthew Tennant – Black Mountain College: In the Shadow of the Bauhaus

INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE (ongoing) – Caprice Hamlin-Krout:  8’16” Interaction W/Repeat

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. 

Room 206
PANEL moderator: Lydia See
Heather South – Making Connections Through Our Archival Collections
Marcia R. Cohen – Pop Quiz: Shaping Utopia One Color at a Time…Kandinsky’s Color and Shape Questionnaire Redux
Ulrich Schwarz – THE BASICS – Fundamentals of Teaching and Design from Bauhaus, Black Mountain and Ulm

Room 207
WORKSHOP – Rebecca Caldwell – The Leftovers: Every Element Counts

Manheimer Room
PERFORMANCE – Ann Dunn – The 1932 Forced Closure of the Dessau Bauhaus by the Nazis: An End or a Beginning

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Manheimer Room
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ellen Lupton – The Bauhaus and Graphic Design, Introduction by Mary Grant, Chancellor, UNC Asheville.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
RECEPTION at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (56 Broadway, downtown Asheville) for the exhibition CONVERGENCE / DIVERGENCE: Exploring Black Mountain College and Chicago’s New Bauhaus/Institute of Design, curated by Michael Reid.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Lobby
Meet + Greet the Presenters

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Manheimer Room
FEATURED SPEAKER: Jonathan Creasy – College on Wheels: Uncovering Black Mountain in the Bauhaus Archive. Introduction by Alice Sebrell, Program Director, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Room 205
PANEL moderator: Dave Peifer
Science at Black Mountain College
Dave Peifer – A Brief History of BMC Architects
Marjorie Senechal – Erwin Straus + Psychology at BMC
David E. Rowe – Max Dehn: His Long Journey to Black Mountain College

Room 206
PANEL moderator: Marilyn Zapf
Being and Doing: Legacies of Creative Practice and Education
Eric Baden, Mary Hawkes-Green, Julie Horn & Jay Miller

Room 120
WORKSHOP – VERSATORIUM – Trespassing Translating

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.

Manheimer Room
FEATURED SPEAKER: Margret Kentgens-Craig – The Bauhaus Vorkurs: At the Intersection of Design and Liberal Arts. Introduction by Gregory B. Lyon, Adjunct Instructor in Humanities, UNC Asheville

Room 205
PANEL moderator: Brian Gillis
Mark Davenport – Paul Williams: from Black Mountain to Gate Hill
Brian Gillis – Intentional Community
Michael Kellner – There is no meaning, if meaning is not shared: Albers’ experience at Bauhaus and Black Mountain College through Jean Luc Nancy’s concept of individual and community

Room 206
PANEL moderator: Jennifer Rissler
Karen Bearor – Marketing the Bauhaus-inspired Design Laboratory
Lauren Pelletier – Work with Material: Irene Schawinsky and the Alberses at BMC 1936-1938
Jennifer Rissler – The Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and the Philosophical Divide

Room 230
WORKSHOP – Pamela Lanza – Voice + Vision: Collaborative Image + Text

Room 120
WORKSHOP VERSATORIUM – Trespassing Translating

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. – CATERED LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 

Room 205
PANEL: Politics of Art moderator: Gregory B. Lyon
Jay Miller – Politics of the Apolitical: Art and Politics at Bauhaus and Black Mountain College
Michael Kelly – Shadow Venture or Surround: When is Black Mountain College’s Artistic Experimentalism Political?
Ellen Levy – “Did they teach you to be so negative?”: Ray Johnson, Black Mountain, and the Politics of Nothing

Manheimer Room
PANEL moderator: Julie Levin Caro
Thomas Frank – Lyonel Feininger and the Spirit of Black Mountain College
Julie Levin Caro – Jacob Lawrence at Black Mountain College, Summer 1946
Katherine Markoski – Back and Forth, Kenneth Noland + BMC

Room 206
PANEL moderator: Amy Kirschke
Amy Kirschke – The Beautiful Sex: Anni Albers at The Bauhaus and BMC
Sarah Mills – Anni Albers, Mary Meigs Atwater + the Future State of Women’s Hand-Weaving at Midcentury
Saige Hopkins – Mothers; Creators: Marianne Brandt and Gunta Stadler-Stölzl on Forging and Documenting the Social Dynamics of the Bauhaus

Room 230
WORKSHOP – Ricky Sears – Using Plaster & Ink to Create Breath Casts

3:15 – 4:45

Manheimer Room
FEATURED SPEAKER: Mary Emma Harris – BMC and Bauhaus 1919-28. Introduction by Katherine Devine, Executive Director, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center 

Room 205
PANEL moderator: Hallie Scott
Seymour Simmons – Bauhaus Drawing Masters and a Language of Drawing for the 21st Century
William Smith – From Reviewing To Renewing
Hallie Scott – Network-Builders: Bauhauslers for the Information Age

Room 206
PANEL moderator: Jada Schumacher
Jada Schumacher – Bauhaus Before Bauhaus Beyond from Mural Painting to Runway Colorblocking
Morgan Ridler – Integrating Painting + Architecture: Bauhaus Wall Painting + Walter Gropius in Germany + US

Room 207
PERFORMANCE: Caprice Hamlin-Krout – 8’16” Interaction W/Repeat

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Manheimer Room
FEATURED SPEAKER: Fabienne Eggelhöfer – Processes Instead of Results: The Teachings of Paul Klee, Josef and Anni Albers – Similarities and Differences. Introduction by Brian Butler, Conference Co-Chair; Board Co-Chair, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center; Professor of Philosophy, UNC Asheville

Room 205
PANEL moderator: Julie J. Thomson
Julie J. Thomson – Photography from the Institute of Design to Black Mountain College: Summer 1951, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Arthur Siegel
Christa Ruiz – Process Music in Vocal Pedagogy
Ken Betsalel – ‘Wilderness Rose Up To It’: Musing Paul Goodman on Poetry, Politics, and the Arts

Room 206
PANEL moderator: Erin Dickey
Pamela Lanza – Community Art Studio Practice and the Legacy of Black Mountain College
Deima Katinaite – Color Perception by Josef Albers – Conceptual Connections Between the Black Mountain College and the Bauhaus Traditions
Karen Nipps – Muriel Cooper + Bauhaus Aesthetic = MIT Press

Room 230
WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCE: Christie Blizard & Mark McCoin – Song of the Blue Tree

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Manheimer Room
FEATURED SPEAKER: Brenda Danilowitz – Transmissions, Networks and Circuits: Between Bauhaus and Black Mountain College.Introduction by Joseph Urgo, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Asheville


Coffee and conversation at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 56 Broadway St., Asheville

Carpools depart for Black Mountain College’s Lake Eden Campus Tour – $10/person