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About the Collection

The BMCM+AC Permanent Collection is made up of over 4,000 objects dating from the 1930s through the present, with works by alumni and faculty demonstrating the progression of their careers at and following Black Mountain College. The collection includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, textilesfurniture, blueprints, collage and assemblage, books and broadsides, and other formats. In addition, the museum has been facilitating oral history documentation since 1999, resulting in a collection of recorded interviews with fifty-eight Black Mountain College alumni to date.

Items from the collection are frequently used in rotating exhibitions, illuminating connections between artists, objects, and the pervading atmosphere of experimentation and interdisciplinary influence at the College. In order to ensure that the collection can continue to serve as a resource for exhibits as well as external researchers such as writers, students, and artists, BMCM+AC provides for the conservation and preservation needs of a vast array of types of materials.

BMCM+AC's ongoing digitization project began with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation. To further support these efforts to make our collection more accessible to all, please consider making a donation or becoming a member.

For research services, to schedule an appointment to view archival materials, or to inquire about rights and permissions, please contact us.