Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center hosts M.C. Richards exhibit and events


Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) presents the exhibition M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art – 100 Years. The exhibition will run from June 3 – August 20, 2016, with a free opening reception on June 3 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. There will be a digital catalog accompanying the exhibition and a series of corresponding events including a roundtable panel, workshop, poetry reading, centennial birthday party, and film screening.

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards, a Black Mountain College potter, poet, painter, author, translator, and educator. During her time at Black Mountain College from 1945-1951 she was a favorite teacher and active participant in the college’s farm program, community dialogues, and art events. She was among those who were a part of John Cage’s famous Theatre Piece No. 1, the first Happening in the United States. The exhibition M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art – 100 Years includes selections of Richards’ painting, poetry, and pottery, as well as photographs and ephemera from her life. A digital catalog will be accompanying the exhibition featuring images of Richards’ work and essays from scholars and friends. Contributors include James C. Anderson, Paulus Berensohn, Julia Connor, Deborah Haynes, Diedra Heitzman, Sherry Wildfeuer, Matthew Fox, Irwin Kremen, Jenni Sorkin, and Jeffrey Spahn.

Exhibition-Related Programming:

Thursday, July 7 – 7:00 pm
A discussion about M.C. Richards’ life and legacy by those who knew her both personally and professionally. Participants are Julia Connor, literary executor for M.C. Richards; James Alexander, actor and director; David Silver, associate professor of media studies and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco; Matthew Fox, author and theologian; and moderator Brian E. Butler of UNC Asheville.
Free for BMCM+AC members + students // $5 non-members

Thursday – Sunday, July 7-10
An immersion in the life, work, and ideas of M.C. Richards
Hands-on research, farm work, pottery, poetry, cooking, and immersion in M.C.’s philosophy of life, focussing on her time at Black Mountain College. Led by David Silver, associate professor of media studies and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco, and Julia Connor, Poet Laureate of Sacramento and literary executor for the M.C. Richards Estate.
Fee applies, limited registration available.
Contact Alice Sebrell for details at or 828-350-8484.

Friday, July 8 – 7:30 pm
Poets Paulus Berensohn and Julia Connor honor their friend and mentor in this Tribute to M.C.
$5 BMCM+AC Members + Students // $8 non-members

Sunday, July 10 – 1:00 pm
Celebration of M.C. Richards’ 100th birthday at the historic barns of Black Mountain College. Activities include pottery, poetry, refreshments, and the planting of a tree in honor of M.C. Richards.
Free // Advanced Registration Required

Thursday, July 21 – 7:30 pm
A screening of the inspiring documentary M.C. Richards: The Fire Within created by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane, celebrating the life and legacy of M.C. Richards.
Free for BMCM+AC Members + Students // $5 non-members


About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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