Jacqueline Hermann Gourevitch, Clouds (Watercolor on paper, 10 x 7 inches) 2004. Collection of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Gift of the artist.


At the age of 16, Jacqueline Hermann heard about Black Mountain College while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. She knew that she wanted to be a painter, and a conventional college held little interest for her. She applied and was accepted at BMC for the summer of 1950. There, she studied painting with Theodoros Stamos, art criticism with Clement Greenberg, and photography with Hazel Larsen Archer. She went on to study at the University of Chicago from 1951-1957, and married graduate student Victor Gourevitch in 1954.

Gourevitch mainly paints skies, clouds, buildings, and city landscapes. In her own words, “I have never found appearances to be superficial and want paintings that invite close scrutiny and, like the world around us, reveal themselves gradually over time, prompting surprise, renewed inquiry and contemplation.”