120 College Street

When we were designing and renovating our new home at 120 College Street, we envisioned a future filled with dynamic, interactive exhibitions, groundbreaking performances, and newly commissioned work from today’s most innovative artists. With a long-term lease secured, we have nearly quadrupled our square footage! 120 College offers us the freedom and opportunity to build upon the work of the last 25 years.

The new 6,000sf space includes:

  • 2,500sf of flexible exhibition/event space

  • a permanent Black Mountain College history and research center

  • an expanded library and education center with over 1,500 BMC-related texts

  • on-site storage for our permanent collection and research center

Above all, this project will help solidify the museum as the preeminent Black Mountain College resource and a vital international art center. Just as Black Mountain College flourished at the Lake Eden Campus after establishing its foundation at the Blue Ridge Assembly, we see this move as a natural evolution that allows us to better serve our growing local, national, and international community.

Since opening on September 28th, we’ve hosted:

  • An opening night celebration with over 800 people in attendance, in conjunction with our 10th annual ReVIEWING BMC Conference at UNC Asheville

  • The multifaceted exhibition “Between Form and Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College,” with artwork borrowed from over 25 lenders across the country, extended community programs, partnerships with over 20 local organizations, and newly commissioned pieces from 4 innovative contemporary artists

  • Performances by international artists such as Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder, Jace Clayton and Arooj Aftab, and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet in our upstairs gallery that doubles as a concert hall with seating for over 150

Black Mountain College deserves a home that honors its remarkable history and continuing influence. We are so thankful to everyone who helped us bring this dream to life. Our move would not be possible without the generosity of the Buncombe County TDA who awarded us a grant for $200,000, matching $200,000 raised by the BMCM+AC board which covered the costs of renovating this historic building.

120 College Street is a historic site built in 1925, when it was the home of The Asheville Times newspaper. Our renovation has preserved the historic qualities of the building, including Prohibition-era tin ceilings and brick flooring on the lower level, while creating a comfortable and inviting space for exhibitions, performances, research and programming. Architect Patti Glazer and contractor Beverly-Grant led the project, and Randy Shull, the artist who steered the renovation of 56 Broadway, has developed key design aspects of the project, particularly the library, museum shop, and front desk area.

Take a look below to see how BMCM+AC has evolved and the transformation of 120 College this year!