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Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (Asheville, NC 28801-2916)
Alice V. Sebrell (Project Director: May 2014 to April 2017)
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Collections Care Project

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, including meters to measure visible and ultraviolet (UV) light, window films to reduce light and UV exposure, training for the museum’s staff, and assistance with the preparation of an Emergency Preparedness Plan by a preservation professional.  The collection includes photographs, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, books, manuscripts, and archives related to the history of Black Mountain College and its staff and alumni, which include important figures in modern visual and performing arts such as painters Joseph Albers and Cy Twombly, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and composer John Cage.  Works are presented in exhibitions at the museum, through loans, touring exhibitions, conferences, publications, lectures, performances, and are also available for scholarly research.

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) collection consists of significant works and printed matter related to Black Mountain College (BMC), including primary materials and art works made by BMC faculty and students in a variety of media. Artists represented in the collection include Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Karen Karnes, Josef and Anni Albers, and more. BMC was one of the world’s most acclaimed experimental educational communities, and had a profound impact on Modernist art and literature. The College’s imprint is visible in the poetry of the Beats and San Francisco Renaissance, in the work of the New York School Abstract Expressionists, and in the curricula of successive liberal arts programs. BMCM+AC requests a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant to address two major institutional priorities for its collection, including (1) Improvement in the monitoring and control of the museum environment and (2) Preparation and review of an Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; Arts, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$4,592 (approved)
$4,592 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016