The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

is a peer-reviewed open-access digital publication of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC). The Journal seeks to host diverse works by writers and artists of varied backgrounds. We welcome academic articles, essays, reviews, poetry, images and forms of artistic expression.

The latest issue of the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies is now online! Volume 10: Chance I Dance is an exploration of dance and performance at Black Mountain College featuring artists and interpreters of work both past and contemporary. The issue is replete with fascinating videos and photographs, as well as articles and poetry.

We welcome you to submit proposals and submissions for upcoming issues. At the moment, submissions we have already received are leading us to focus the next issue on pedagogies and practices of writing at BMC, and we can accept more contributions related to that theme.

Poetry, images, reviews, academic articles, essays, memoirs, archival material, and media are most welcome. We strongly suggest sending us an abstract or a proposal before you proceed to develop a finished submission. The only criteria are submissions of substance and integrity, and an evident connection with the history and heritage of Black Mountain College in all its diverse educational and artistic practices. Email us at [email protected]

Tom Frank
Julie J. Thomson

Chance | Dance

Exploring the lasting legacy of Black Mountain College’s dancers and performers and embracing chance in poetry, essays, performances more.

Volume 10

Archives and Histories

An interdisciplinary approach to the archives and histories of Black Mountain College, featuring essays, artworks, poetry, interviews + more

Volume 9

The Paper Snake

This journal volume marks 50 years of The Paper Snake (1965) and “Something Else Entirely: Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and the Making of The Paper Snake.”

Volume 8

BMC Writers

Explore the literary giants of BMC, take a look at the school through the perspective of student Trueman MacHenry + the educational philosophy of John Andrew Rice.

Volume 7

Progressive Education, Graphic Design + Women on Craft

Learn more about Civil Rights at Black Mountain College, BMC’s women potters + the art of graphic design in the Summer of 1945.

Volume 6

Buckminster Fuller

Essays, artworks + interviews exploring the multi-faceted approach of legendary architect, designer + philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller.

Volume 5

John Cage

A dynamic approach to John Cage + his legacy, examining his influences and his time at Black Mountain College.

Volume 4

BMC's Modern Legacy

Examining modernity at Black Mountain College through the lens of Merce Cunningham, Jacob Lawrence, Josef Albers + more

Volume 3

Ray Johnson Tribute

Looking back on the life and works of Ray Johnson, featuring essays by Johnson scholars and an interview with Kenneth Snelson.

Volume 2

Inaugural Volume

Featuring an interview with Dorothea Rockburne and Connie Bostic | Martin Duberman’s Queer Historiography of BMC | The Teaching of Albers + more

Volume 1