The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center preserves and continues the unique legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College for public study and enjoyment.
We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications and public programs.
Jeff Arnal, Executive Director
Alice Sebrell, Program Director
Kate Averett, Mellon Performance Initiative Coordinator
Nicole Erskine, Communications Coordinator
Andy Burns, Windgate Intern
Carmelo Pampillonio, Windgate Intern
Chava Krivchenia, Windgate Intern
56 Broadway + 69 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801
info [at] blackmountaincollege [dot] org
Monday: 11 am-5 pm
Wednesday: 11 am-5 pm
Thursday: 11 am-5 pm
Friday: 11 am-5 pm*
Saturday: 11 am-5 pm
Closed Federal holidays
*Open until 8 pm on the first Friday of every month from April–December as part of the Downtown Art Walk.
The History + Goals of BMCM+ AC
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center was founded in 1993 by Mary Holden to honor and pay tribute to the spirit and history of Black Mountain College and to acknowledge the College’s role as a forerunner in progressive, interdisciplinary education with a focus on the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, lectures, films, seminars, and oral history interviews BMCM+AC is committed to spreading awareness of Black Mountain College and its important legacy. In 1995 we organized a Black Mountain College reunion attended by former faculty and students. Other ongoing projects include the development of a permanent collection
and archive to provide safe storage for artwork and historical materials related to the College and a series of publications about the college and the people associated with it.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center aspires to provide a place where multifaceted programming can take place in an energetic environment. Our goal is to provide a forum for
people from a variety of backgrounds in both the arts and sciences to interact so that art, ideas, and discourse are integrated with an emphasis on process rather than product.
The home of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center provides a forum to perpetuate the energy, vision, and accomplishments that made Black Mountain College one of the most creative educational forces of the 20th century. At the same time, BMCM+AC sponsors new programs to promote an innovative and experimental approach to today’s issues and concerns. Thus the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center preserves and perpetuates the guiding spirit of historic Black Mountain College as an inspiration for contemporary society.
Two exhibition spaces and resource center in downtown Asheville dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world’s most acclaimed experimental educational community, the BMCM + AC offers changing exhibitions, a video archive, research materials, and a selection of books and other materials for sale. For more information, click here.