Arts at Black Mountain College

Scope: 

Black Mountain College, founded in 1933, was located in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Based on John Dewey’s ideas of educational reform, Black Mountain College was committed to an interdisciplinary approach to education. It desolved in 1957. This document is designed as an introduction to the story of the arts and artists of Black Mountain College.

Introductory Text: 
  • Duberman, Martin. Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community. Northwestern University Press, Illinois: 1972.  ASU SPEC APP COLL LD451.B5682 D82 1973 
  • Harris, Mary Emma. The Arts at Black Mountain College. MIT Press, Cambridge: 1987.  APP COLL NX 405 B55 B554 1987 
Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant

  • Black Mountain College: Black Mountain, N.C.
  • Black Mountain College: Alumni and alumnae
  • Black Mountain College: Biography

Also Relevant

  • Black Mountain College: Alumni and alumnae--Exhibitions
  • Black Mountain College: Board of Fellows
  • Black Mountain College: History

More General

  • North Carolina: Museum and Arts Center
  • North Carolina: Black Mountain
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • AET 231
  • LA2317
  • LD451
  • N6490
  • N6888
  • N6537
  • N7433
  • NC139
  • NX1.B52
  • NX.F8559
  • NX 405
  • NX 504
  • ML198.5
  • PS3568
Books: 
  • Cremin, Lawrence A. The Transformation of the School: Progressivism in the School, 1876-1957. Vintage Books/Knopf: New York: 1964. WCU GENERAL LA209 .C7 
  • Dawson, Fielding. The Black Mountain Book. Croton Press, New York. 1970. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS3554.A948 B6 1991 
  • Duberman, Martin. Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community. Northwestern University Press, Illinois. 1972. ASU SPEC APP COLL LD451.B5682 D82 1973 
  • Harris, Mary Emma. The Arts at Black Mountain College. MIT Press, Cambridge: 1987. APP COLL NX 405 B55 B554 1987 
  • Katz, Vincent (ed). Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA. 2003. ASU SPEC APP COLL OVSZ / NX405.B55 B552 2003
  • Rice, John Andrew. I Came Out of the Eighteenth Century. Harper & Brothers, New York: 1942.  ASU MAIN STACKS and ASU SPEC APP COLL LA2317.R47 A3
  • Rosenthal, T. G. Josef Albers: Formulation: Articulation. Thames & Hudson, New York, 2006. ASU MAIN STACKS N6888.A5 A4 2006 
  • Reynolds, Katherine Chaddock. Visions and Vanities: John Andrew Rice of Black Mountain College. Lousiana State University Press, Baton Rouge: 1998. ASU SPEC APP COLL LA2317.R47 R49 1998
Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 
  •  Chilvers, Ian. "Black Mountain College." The Oxford Dictionary of Art. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 19 Oct. 2009. http://www.encyclopedia.com
  • Joachimides, Christos M. et al. American Art in the 20th Century: Painting and Sculpture, 1913-1993. Prestel, Munich & New York. 1993. WCU GENERAL N6512. A572 1993 
  • Lane, Mervin. Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. 1990. ASU SPEC APP COLL LD451.B5682 B57 1990
Bibliographies: 

See Mary Emma Harris' The Arts at Black Mountain College for a helpful bibliography on Black Mountain College-related materials.

Abstracts and Indices: 

Abstracts and Indices for finding appropriate journal articles on the topic of Black Mountain College (Subject Heading: "Black Mountain College") include the following: 

  • Academic OneFile (Available through the ASU Library Website) 41 related entries 
  • Academic Search Premier (Available through the ASU Library Website) 83 related entries 
  • America: History & Life (Available through the ASU Library Website) 36 related entries 
  • ISI Web of Knowledge (Available through the ASU Library Website) 20 related entries 
  • NexisLexis Academic (Available through the ASU Library Website) 72 related entries 
  • Oxford Art Online (Available through the ASU Library Website) 29 related entries 
  • Project Muse (Available through the ASU Library Website) 54 related entries (pdf & html format) 
  • Wilson Web/Art Full Text (Available through the ASU Library Website) 51 related entries (pdf & html format) 
  • WorldCat (Available through the ASU Library Website) 447 related headings (please see related bibliography for resources available in at Western Carolina University & Appalachian State University)
Journals: 
  • Black Mountain College. "Black Mountain College Review". Black Mountain College; Hoboken, N.J.: U.S. distributor: B. de Boer, 1954-1957
  • Brown, Tony. "Black Mountain College: A Renegade Renaissance Offends Some Alumni," Charlotte Observer: 22 March 1989. 
  • Carr, Genie. "Where Arts were Safely Nurtured." Winston-Salem Journal: 9 August 1987. 
  • Claire, Alasdair. "The Rise and Fall of Black Mountain College." The Listener: 27 March 1969. 
  • Clark. Paul. "Film puts Black Mountain College on the Big Screen." Asheville Citizen Times: 15 April 2007. 
  • Dawson, Fielding. "Picketing the Zeitgeist: Black Mountain Defined." American Book Review: Sept/Oct 1990. 
  • Duncan, Katherine. "A Legacy Lives on in Display at WCU; Works from Black Mountain College Reveal Rich Historic Era". Asheville Citizen Times: 18 October 1998. 
  • Gould. Richard. "Final Week for Black Mountain College Exhibit." Hickory Daily Record: 4 Jan 2009. 
  • Kreisel, Deanna. "Portraits from Black Mountain." Charlotte Observer: 10 November 2003. 
  • Litt, Steven. "Black Mountain: A Crucible for American Art." The Newstand Observer: 2 August 1987. 
  • Weisenberger, B.A. "In the Groove of Academe: Black Mountain." Book World: 19 November 1972
Websites: 
Other Sources: 

Archival Collections at Appalachian State University

Black Mountain Books in Black Mountain, North Carolina 
Address; 103 Cherry Street Black Mountain, NC 28711
Telephone: (828) 669-8149

Black Mountain Collection at North Carolina Wesleyan College
over 5300 books from the original BMC library 
contact: Dr. Leverett T. Smith (lsmith@ncwc.edu)
Telephone: (252) 985-5193

Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center
Address: 56 Broadway Street Asheville, NC 28801-2916
Telephone: (828) 350-8484

Compiled by: 

Compiled by Kehren Barbour, December 2009. 

Updated by: 

Dustin Witsman, October 2017.