Black Mountain College Presents Frank Hursh



Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Turchin Center For the Visual Arts
423 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607


Frank Hursh is a painter and alum of Black Mountain College.
Black Mountain College (1933-1957) near Asheville, in North Carolina’s rural Swannanoa Valley, was an early leader of progressive, experimental education in the twentieth century. Influential writers, visual artists, dancers, designers, and music composers instilled in their students and colleagues many of the same values upheld by Appalachian State University today: learning by doing, collaborative learning, and education for social justice and democracy. Not only a mecca of the arts, Black Mountain produced some of America’s most profound innovators in education, science, social work, architecture, urban planning, psychiatry, history, and politics. All of those who passed through the college were encouraged to become citizens of social consciousness who put into daily practice a creative freedom in judgment and action.

Led by the Center for Appalachian Studies, Professor of Creative Writing and emeritus NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the Black Mountain College Semester (Spring 2018) addresses the legacy of Black Mountain College through three interrelated projects: a multi-sited exhibition series; a special Black Mountain College issue of Appalachian Journal guest edited by Joseph Bathanti, in collaboration with Appalachian Journal editor-in-chief, Sandra Ballard and Savannah Paige Murray featuring prominent voices associated with BMC; and a multipurpose digital timeline containing a museum guide, original scholarly resources, and curricular materials designed for North Carolina schools. A semester-long series of lectures, readings, workshops, film screenings, and special courses on Black Mountain College invite public education and academic inquiry, extended by web-streaming and online archiving. Importantly, a cross-section of students and faculty at Appalachin State will contribute to the project’s research and exhibition assets in the mold of collaborative learning at Black Mountain College.


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