Postponed, dates to be announced.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and UNC Asheville will convene the inaugural Faith in Arts Institute. This four-day event will bring together acclaimed artists and scholars to explore the intersections of art, faith, and spirit. Public events will include the opening of an exhibition on John Cage and Buddhism, the world premiere of a newly commissioned composition Waves and Particles by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, performed by the JACK Quartet, and the southeast premiere performance of I hunger for you, by Guggenheim Fellow Kimberly Bartosik.

Performances by JACK Quartet and Kimberly Bartosik will be open to the public, with tickets sold separately. Registration in the full conference is not required to attend these performances.

The Faith in Arts Institute is supported by the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, a grant for the humanities from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation as part of their Theology Responsive Grant program.

For BMCM+AC Members

We are very happy to offer members of BMCM+AC the discounted registration fee of $225. Regular registration is $500. To receive the discount code to register as a member of BMCM+AC, please write to Given that the institute itself will be limited to 40 participants, we encourage you to register soon.

About John Luther Adams

For John Luther Adams, music is a lifelong search for home, an invitation to slow down, pay attention, and remember our place within the larger community of life on earth.

Living for almost 40 years in northern Alaska, Adams discovered a unique musical world grounded in space, stillness, and elemental forces. In the 1970s and into the 80s, he worked full time as an environmental activist. But the time came when he felt compelled to dedicate himself entirely to music. He made this choice with the belief that, ultimately, music can do more than politics could to change the world.

A deep concern for the state of the earth and the future of humanity drives Adams to compose.


About JACK Quartet

Hailed by The New York Times as the nations most important quartet, the JACK Quartet is one of the most respected groups performing today. JACK is committed to performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. Over the past season, they have been selected as Musical Americas 2018 Ensemble of the Year and named to WQXRs 19 for 19 Artists to Watch.

JACK is composed of violinists Christopher Otto, Austin Wulliman, and John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell.


About Kimberly Bartosik

Choreographer, performer, educator Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative, ferociously intimate choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Her work, which is deeply informed by literature and cinema, dramatically illuminates the ephemeral nature of performance.

Bartosiks most recent project, I hunger for you, was commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival 2018 and LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts, through an inaugural year BAM/LUMBERYARD partnership. She is a 2017-20 New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency Artist where she is developing a new work to premiere at NYLA in March 2020.  In NYC her work has also been presented by American Realness, FIAFs Crossing the Line Festival, Abrons Art Center, Gibney, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, La Mama, and BEAT Festival. Bartosik has toured to Wexner Arts Center, Dance Place, American Dance Festival, The Yard, MASS MoCA/Jacobs Pillow, The Flynn, Bates Dance Festival, Church, Columbia College (2020), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (2020), Mount Tremper Arts, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis, Artdanthe Festival, and others.