All Announcements

  • Flags Will Be Lowered on Memorial Day

    Posted: Friday, May 22 As a sign of honor and respect for the sacrifices of our armed services personnel, Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 25. The Governor encourages all citizens to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses as well.

    “To know that our freedom was purchased with the lives of US service men and women is to know that liberty comes with the highest price. May our memories of those who have fallen be long and may we be quick to honor their contribution to our daily lives. Please join with me this Memorial Day in a special tribute in honor and respect of their sacrifice,” said Governor Pat McCrory.

  • Brian Butler to Lead Panel at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Exhibit on Ray Johnson

    Posted: Wednesday, May 20 Brian Butler, UNC Asheville's Thomas Howarton Distinguished Professor, will moderate a discussion about Ray Johnson's work, at 2. p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the BMCM+AC.


    Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and the making of THE PAPER SNAKE
    Curated by Michael von Uchtrup
    June 5 – August 22, 2015

    Opening reception: Friday, June 5, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with a gallery talk by exhibition curator Michael von Uchtrup. FREE Admission

    The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville presents the new exhibition SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY: Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and the making of THE PAPER SNAKE from June 5 – August 22, 2015 with a free opening reception on Friday, June 5 from 5:30 - 8:00pm. There will be a gallery talk by the exhibition’s curator Michael von Uchtrup at 7:00pm during the opening reception. The following day, we’ll have a public discussion with two Ray Johnson scholars, Michael von Uchtrup and Julie J. Thomson, moderated by UNC Asheville Professor of Philosophy Brian E. Butler.  
    Ray Johnson (1927-1995) arrived at Black Mountain College from Detroit at age 17, for the 1945 Summer Institute, as WWII was coming to a close. The formidable Josef Albers was at the helm, and by the time Johnson left the college more than three years later, he’d studied alongside fellow students Hazel Larsen Archer, Ruth Asawa and Kenneth Noland while both Josef and Anni
     Albers, Ilya Bolotowski, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Lyonel Feininger, Buckminster Fuller, Walter Gropius, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Richard Lippold, Alvin Lustig, Robert Motherwell, M.C. Richards, and many others taught at or visited BMC during this robust era of its history. In 1949, Ray arrived in New York with sculptor Richard Lippold, where he continued several friendships – and embarked upon new ones – with others who had come to the city from Black Mountain College.

    Lost for decades, the production materials from this innovative compendium of Ray Johnson’s mail art were only recently rediscovered, in time for the book’s republication and the 50th anniversary of its 1965 release. Lively, quirky, often comic, the texts and drawings provide an intimate look at the early work of Ray Johnson (1927-1995) through the eyes of his friend Dick Higgins (1938-1998), one of the Fluxus movement’s impresarios and the founder of the groundbreaking Something Else Press. THE PAPER SNAKE appeared before it could be widely appreciated, because in 1965 Ray Johnson was not well known outside of the New York Correspondence School, the mail art network he’d created.

    Throughout his career, Johnson always found ways to engage those around him—mentors, friends and strangers alike—in a correspondence “dance” of collage, letter writing and interactive performance art. Following in Marcel Duchamp’s footsteps, Johnson, as one art critic put it, “introduced life into art.”


    Saturday, June 6, 2:00 p.m. 
    Snakes Escape 
    – with Michael von Uchtrup + Julie J. Thomson, moderated by Brian E. Butler 
    A conversation between two Ray Johnson scholars looking at this enigmatic artist’s career with a particular emphasis on the evolution and making of The Paper Snake and his other books.  
    Free BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $5 non-members

    Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
    The Founding of the Farm at Black Mountain College
    David Silver, associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco, will present a definitive history of the founding of the farm at Black Mountain College.
    Free Admission

    Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
    Poets Katherine Soniat and Kathryn Stripling Byer will read from their latest book projects, The GoodBye Animals and The Vishnu Bird.
    $5 BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members

    Friday, July 3, 8:00 p.m. 
    Informed by a three year correspondence, in the arm of flowers, is an interdisciplinary performance by Megan Ransmeier and Julia Rich. Two women inhabit a mythic landscape of sand and ice, inviting inclusive spectrums of connection through voice, body, and object relations. 
    $8 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $10 non-members

    Sunday, July 12, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Image Speak taught by Lynn Underwood, expressive arts educator and coach. This workshop will focus on process
     as opposed to product, creating images (including collage and mandala) with a variety of media and then giving each image a voice through writing. Call 828-350-8484 to register. 
    $35 BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $45 non-members
    Thursday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
    How to Draw a Bunny. John Walter and Andrew Moore's award-winning documentary tells the story of collage artist Ray Johnson, whose death was cloaked in mystery and whose life and art remain enigmatic. A real-life art mystery tale. 
    $5 BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $8 for non-members

    Citation: Ray Johnson, Red Snakes, c. 1980s. (c) The Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co

  • Recognition for Distinguished Staff

    Posted: Tuesday, May 19 Distinguished Staff Award nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis

    Now that the spring semester has come to a close, the time has come to appreciate your colleagues for all of their dedication and hard work! What better way to recognize deserving staff than by submitting a Distinguished Staff Award nomination on their behalf?

    To nominate a deserving colleague for one of the ten $500 awards and the overall $1500 award to be announced in the fall, please access the Distinguished Staff Awards website.

  • UNC Presidential Search Survey and May 26 Input Session Information

    Posted: Tuesday, May 19 UNC Asheville will serve as one of four locations for a regional input session for the UNC Presidential Search.

    The UNC Board of Governors has begun to search for the next president of the 17-campus system, with a presidential search survey and regional input sessions scheduled in May.

    The presidential search survey is available at through May 22.

    The University will host four regional input sessions across the state, with UNC Asheville selected as the location for a May 26 session. Input will be used to help shape the leadership profile of the next president.

    May 26, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.
    UNC Asheville
    Sherrill Center

    The regional input session will take place in the Mountain View Conference Room 417. Attendees may park in the deck adjacent to the Sherrill Center in lot P9. UNC Asheville campus map.

    For more information, visit

  • Reuter Center Singers Perform at Asheville-Buncombe Annual Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony

    Posted: Monday, May 11 The Reuter Center Singers, billed as "Asheville's premier choral group," will perform as part of the annual Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green Stage of Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville starting at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 25th, 2015.

    The Reuter Center Singers will perform the National Anthem and "God Bless America." The event also features the award-winning North Carolina Army National Guard’s 440th Army Band who will perform a half hour before, and after the ceremony and during the ceremony. Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker, and Matt Mittan, owner of Independent Asheville Radio and Commentator of News Talk 50, 1350 WZGM, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

  • Student Recreation Center Closed beginning May 11

    Posted: Tuesday, May 5 We will be closing the multipurpose courts, indoor track and racquetball courts of the Student Recreation Center Monday, May 11 - Sunday, August 9.

    The swimming pool, dance studios and SHE fitness room will remain open.

    Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve our facilities.

  • Igor Roussanoff to Open Costume Exhibition in Moscow

    Posted: Tuesday, April 21 The international exhibition, "Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015," at the Theatre Museum in Moscow, will be on view June 15 - August 1. Igor Roussanoff, UNC Asheville Drama Department lecturer and costume designer, is chief curator for the exhibition.

    For more information, see the announcement.