September 5 – December 27, 2014
Curated by Brian E. Butler
This exhibition showcases the work of the lyrical abstract expressionist painter Dan Rice, a key figure in the ‘40s and ‘50s at Black Mountain College and in the art world centered on New York’s legendary Cedar Tavern. His friends included fellow artists de Kooning, Kline, Rothko, Pollock, Rauschenberg, and many others, along with poets such as Robert Creeley and Charles Olson. Rice’s work, among the best of his adventurous generation, is long overdue for re-evaluation and renewed recognition. Curated by Brian E. Butler

A full color, 72-page catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

This show, mainly works on paper, will serve as the visual counterpoint to the BMCM+AC’s 6th annual conference, ReVIEWING BMC 6: The Writers of Black Mountain College.




PANEL DISCUSSION – Saturday, September 6, 2:00pm
Dan Rice and the Poetics of Painting 
Five people who studied painting with Dan Rice will explore his legacy: Christina Maile, artist and landscape architect; Ed Casey, renowned philosopher; Parviz Mohassel, philosopher and architect; Gwen Gunn, poet and playwright, is the fifth panelist; and Virginia Foster, Rice’s partner for more than 20 years. FREE for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $5 for non-members.

CONFERENCE – September 26 – 28
ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 6: The Writers of Black Mountain College
Co-hosted by BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville, the three-day program, open to the public, will focus on the rich legacy of the writers of Black Mountain College with a full schedule of speakers, panels and performances. More Info>>
With support from: AVL Technologies, North Carolina Arts Council, The Peter and Karen Klacsmann Charitable Fund and UNC Asheville.

PERFORMANCE – Sunday, September 28, 7:30pm
A reading of RED, the Tony Award-winning play by John Logan about painter Mark Rothko and his assistant (loosely based on BMC artist Dan Rice) at NC Stage Company. One performance only!

MUSIC PERFORMANCE – Saturday, October 11, 8:00pm
Performance by 10-can percussion, a North Carolina-based ensemble committed to the performance of new and classic works for percussion. With Corey Denham, Emory Hensley and Justin Mabry. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members.

PRESENTATION – Friday, October 24, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Ideas Without Walls / In-Between the Spaces
Thriving in Chaos: Why this is the Best Time in History to be a Designer
The rate of disruptive change has become so great that constant chaos is now business as usual. From this chaos comes great opportunity. Primal Screen founder, Doug Grimmett, will show how designers can predict disruptions by identifying disconnects and converging developments. Co-sponsored by the Western Carolina University Design Development Foundation. FREE for BMCM+AC members & students / $7 for non-members.

FILM SCREENING – Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm
Painters Painting: A Candid History of the New York Art Scene, 1940-1970
This film by Emile de Antonio examines a pivotal time in the history of American art and includes rare footage of some of the giants of the New York scene including de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Pollock, Hoffman, Johns, Frankenthaler, Warhol and more. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members.

POETRY READING – Saturday, November 15, 8:00pm
Five Themes, with poets Chall Gray, Michael Boyko, Lisa McCool-Grime, Ashley Steineger and Gary Hawkins. $5 for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members.

Citation: Dan Rice, Untitled, 1960, mixed media on paper, 23.875 x 17.875 inches. Collection of Hilary D. Rice.

Support for this project has been generously provided by the following: AVL Technologies; Jack and Helga Beam; The Beattie Foundation; Robert Bliss; Ralph Ditano; Elizabeth Holden; The Peter and Karen Klacsmann Charitable Fund; The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; Carol E. Pennell; Hilary D. Rice; O’Shaughnessy Rice; and UNC Asheville. Additional support from All Souls Pizza, BlackBird Frame & Art, Henco Reprographics and Highland Brewing Co.

Special thanks: Susan Rhew Design