Black Mountain College: Breaking Barriers in Art through Inclusiveness and Individuality

"Black Mountain College Campus on Lake Eden" Courtesy North Carolina Digital Collections, 1929-1945

"Black Mountain (College) saved my life."
~ Dorothea Rockburne

"(Black Mountain College) aimed at being something rather than getting something"
~ Josef Albers

"(Black Mountain College) A living example of democracy"
~ John Dewey

"Black Mountain College was a crazy and magical place, the electricity of all the people seemed to make for a wonderfully charged atmosphere, so that one woke up in the mornings excited and a little anxious, as though a thunderstorm were sweeping in." -Lyle Bonge

"Cover of the 'Black Mountain College Bulletin'"  Courtesy North Carolina Digital Collections, 1949

"Elaine De Kooning and Buckminster Fuller's Venetian Strip Dome" Courtesy North Carolina Digital Collections, 1948

"Students taking a group photo outside the Studies Building" Courtesy North Carolina Digital Collections, 1946

Thesis:

From  1933 to 1957, Black Mountain College broke barriers by enrolling minority students and women before such acceptance was common. Also, the free-thinking, experimental nature of the college led its students and faculty to test intellectual and artistic boundaries, producing some of the most influential art and ideas of the Twentieth Century. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Courtney Blair and Emma Grace Palmer

 Black Mountain College: Breaking Barriers in Art through Inclusiveness and Individuality

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Process Paper: 468

Multimedia Time: 3:51