As a prelude to our next C2C workshop in the western part of the state, “Preventative Conservation for Visual Arts,” led by Conservator Perry Hurt, we thought NCDCR Historian Ansley Wegner’s discussion of Black Mountain College and accompanying photographs would be appropriate. Consider joining us in Asheville next week! How Do I Register?: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C2CVisualArtsAsheville
I am fortunate to be able to spend a good deal of time in and around Black Mountain. I am always amazed at the breadth of talent and artistry in the area. It’s not uncommon for a small town to have a creative atmosphere, but I’m always reminded of the days when Black Mountain was home to a remarkable experimental center of learning.
Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College focused on fine arts education—but the education was not always text-book, so to speak. The teachers and students lived together as a community and learned from one another. One writer stated “As the college evolved, it assumed characteristics of a small college, a summer camp, a religious retreat, a pioneering community, an art colony and a farm school.” In a way, it defies categorizing—it is, simply, Black Mountain College.
The list of teachers and students at Black Mountain College reads like…
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