This fall, we received funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to begin the pilot phase of our first-ever Design Apprenticeship program. We are proud to announce that artist and recent UNCA graduate Carley Brandau has been selected as the inaugural Design Apprentice for this program.
This apprenticeship directly supports BMCM+AC’s redesign and renovation of our new gallery space in the building owned by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and the adaptive conversion of our current 56 Broadway space into a research and study center. Through one-on-one training sessions, the program echoes the workshop structure of both the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. Artist, designer, entrepreneur, and collector Randy Shull, commissioned to design and oversee the physical expansion of BMCM+AC, is the design mentor for the pilot program, which focuses on design and furniture building.  

For updates on the work-in-progress, be sure to check out the Instagram account that Brandau is curating, blkmtncollege_expand, as well as her Tumblr page:

Shull “has a particular appreciation for the art and architectural work and philosophies of the Bauhaus masters who taught at BMC, their use of available materials, and their blurring of the lines between art, architecture, furniture design and traditional notions of ‘craft,’” states BMCM +AC Board Chair Dr. Richard Gruber.

Randy Shull works fluidly between a variety of mediums, including furniture design, spatial design, painting, and landscape design. He is highly acclaimed for his rich and sensual use of color and space. Awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in 1994, an NEA Southern Arts Federation grant in 1995, and a master residency at Oregon School of Arts & Crafts in Portland, Randy has also had four solo shows in New York. His work is included in a number of important museum collections including The Brooklyn Museum; The High Museum in Atlanta; The Renwick Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum of Craft & Design in Charlotte; Racine Museum of Art; The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, and Museum of Art and Design in New York. With Hedy Fischer, Shull owns and operates Pink Dog Creative, an exciting mix of artist studios and retail spaces house in a former textile manufacturing and warehouse building at 342-348 Depot Street.
Carley Brandau received her B.A. in Sculpture from UNCA in 2013. Her artwork, experimental structures for the body composed of laminated wood veneer, explores the crossroads between sculpture, fashion, architecture and jewelry. Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Community Theatre, Harvest Records, UNCA, Pink Dog Creative, and The Aveda Institute. She has studied furniture building at the Arrowmont School of Crafts and held positions as Visiting Artist at UNCA,  Shop Assistant at Brown’s Pottery in Arden, NC and Assistant at Chaotic Joy Glassblowing in Asheville. In addition to apprenticing with Shull, she is currently setting up a new studio space, and plans to attend graduate school in the next few years.
Image: Brandau and Shull working on the scale model of the redesigned 56 Broadway gallery.