Check out the schedule for the Annual Conference below!

Friday September 23rd, 2016

1:00 p.m.
Lobby – Registration opens

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Laura Hope-Gill and Rick Aguar: Hell’s Hot Breath: Galway Kinnell at Black Mountain College (15 minutes) This program is part of Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a statewide celebration during 2016 of Pulitzer Prize-winning works and how they have influenced our world, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Prizes. The Celebration is a project of the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Lisa McCarty: Lake Eden (40 minutes)

Cilla Vee: SPLAT!

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Digging Deeper: Finding (and expanding) Black Mountain College in the Archives. Moderator: Heather South
David Silver: The Founding of the Farm at Black Mountain College
Julie J. Thomson: Behind the Camera: Black Mountain College Photographers and the Archive
Heather South: Closing comments, insights into the BMC Collection at the Western Regional Archives

Brian Butler: Alvin Lustig, BMC and Design for Democracy
Jay Miller: The Arts During Wartime
Micheal Ruiz and James Perkins: Wormholes and Spooky Action at a Distance

Candace Buck – Anni Albers and the Art of Textile Construction: Revisiting Found Object Construction in a New Asheville

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Helen Molesworth : Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. From 2010 to 2014 she served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, where she organized Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933 – 1957 with Associate Curator, Ruth Erickson. She is the author and editor of the accompanying book for Leap Before You Look. 

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
At the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (56 + 69 Broadway, downtown Asheville) for the exhibitions The Painters of Black Mountain College: Selections from Southern Collections AND Basil King: Between Painting and Writing.

Saturday September 24th, 2016

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Lobby Meet + Greet the Presenters

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Black Mountain College Poetry and Politics
Lucy Burns: Charles Olson and Henry Murray: 20 Years of Correspondence
Charmaine Cadeau: Hilda Morley
Alessandro Porco: Jane Mayhall

Fred Dewey: Lightning in a Bottle: BMC as a template for real freedom in education, culture, and structure
Aimee Herring: The Role of the Arts in Education
Kelly Love: Transformative Intelligence and Black Mountain College: An Enquiry into the Creating Culture of Arts-based
Communities of Praxis (Past/Present/Future)

Claire Henry: “Nothing Special:” Reading Rauschenberg’s Rebus
Holly Hursh: Frank Hursh, Landscapes of the Mind
Dave Peifer: Mathematics and the Works of Dorothea Rockburne

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
Black Mountain Poets – Roots and Branches  Moderator: Jeff Davis
Jonathan Creasy – A Fragment of the World: Robert Creeley’s Poetics of Place
Jeff Gardiner – From Conversations to Poetics: Non-literary Influences at Black Mountain College on Charles Olson’s Poetics and Pedagogy
Peter Moore – Charles Olson and the Vernacular

Richard Emanuel: Creativity and the Transformation of Higher Education: The Need for a Black Mountain College

Steve Lane: The Influence of Black Mountain College on the Summer International Arts Program at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and at the Aegean School of Fine Arts, Paros, Greece
Siu Challons-Lipton: Advancing the Arts through Creative Literacy-A Contemporary BMC Education

Lexie Stoia: Black Mountain College Through the Senses

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Catered lunch

1:30 – 3:00 P.M.
Erika Funke: Black Mountain College on Radio: Outreach and the Examined Life
Diana Greenwold & M. Rachael Arauz: The Worlds They Made: Art and Social Experiments in Context
Pamela Lanza: Democratic Education Right Here Right Now

Eric Baden: The Poetics of Space: Architecture, ephemera and history in the photographs of Aaron Siskind and Luigi Ghirri
Charles Johnson: The Mountain Comes to the Wiregrass: The Black Mountain Transcendentalist Society
Michael Kellner: Creativity, Care, and Black Mountain College

Lee Ann Brown: A QUICK GRAPH: State of the Art of NC Poetry Now
Michaela Dwyer: Leap-Look- Question-Wound: Photographing Race / Photographing Possibility at Black Mountain College
Abriana Jette: Poetry of the South: What’s at Stake

Mercedes Teixido: The Improvisational Artist in Everyone: Drawing as a Tool to Experience Collaboration

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Karen Bearor: The Design Laboratory, the FAECT, and the 1930s Housing Movement
John R. Blakinger: A New Age of Metaphor: Visual Design as Democratic Design
Mary Jo (MJ) Daines:Textile Tech: a Contemporary Reading of Anni Albers

Jeff Davis: Shadow on the Rock: Morphology and Voice in Olson’s Later Maximus poems
Jonathan Railey: Breath-lanes / The Search For Self
John Roche: Robert Creeley and the Placitas Colony

Ricky Sears: Using Watercolor to Create Breathing Patterns

Ben Mack, Caleb Beisert, Ryan Madden & the Kavalactones: Buckminster Fuller Cabaret

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Coffee Break

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Featured Speaker
Mary Emma Harris: Josef Albers: Teacher of Designers? Exploring the Myth
Founder of the Black Mountain College Project and author of The Arts at Black Mountain College.

6:30 p.m.
Reception for Mary Emma Harris, the first Black Mountain College Legacy Research Fellow at UNC Asheville

Sunday September 25th, 2016


10:00 a.m.
Coffee and conversation at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 56 Broadway St., downtown Asheville

11:30 a.m.
Carpools depart for Black Mountain College’s Lake Eden Campus Tour with Mary Emma Harris, David Silver, and Julie J. Thomson – $15 person.