Sculptures on far left: Lorrie Goulet, Mother and Child; Torso. Photo credit: Michael Oppenheim.

“In retrospect, I see how my experiences at BMC shaped my life. My marriage, my professional career in sculpture, my years of teaching all stemmed directly or indirectly from having been a student there.” 

Lorrie Goulet (Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, an Anthology of Personal Accounts, Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1990)

Lorrie Goulet (Student 1943 – 1944, b.1925) is an American sculptor, painter, poet and philosopher. Born in 1925 in New York City, she is known primarily for her direct carving of stone and wood, and her natural and spiritually inspired works which often celebrate women, families and cultures.

In the autumn of 1943, Goulet entered Black Mountain College, North Carolina, where she studied painting and drawing with Josef Albers and weaving with Annie Albers. In the summer of 1944, she met Jose de Creeft, a visiting sculptor and instructor, and in November 1944, Goulet and de Creeft were married. Two years later, they acquired a farm in Hoosick Falls, New York, where they worked part of each year until 1968, and gave birth to artist Donna Maria de Creeft.

A prolific writer, Goulet’s works include philosophical and educational writings and books, and poetry. Goulet taught at the Art Students League of New York for many decades. She continues to create art, publish her writings, and teach in her studio in Chelsea, New York.