The college was committed to a democratic governance and the idea that the arts are central to the experience of learning. A partial list includes people such as Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Cy Twombly, Kenneth Noland, Vera B. Williams, Ben Shahn, Franz Kline, Arthur Penn, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Francine du Plessix Gray, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Dorothea Rockburne and many others, famous and not-so-famous, who have impacted the world in a significant way. The college closed in 1957 but still stands on the banks of Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC.

This trip will include planned, but not required, group meals at some of Asheville’s best restaurants. 

You must be a current donor or member at Atlanta Contemporary to participate.


We have a proposed agenda for the weekend including suggested group outings that are open to all

and are an additional individual expense. We ask that if you plan on joining us for the following events

outside of the Black Mountain College Tour, please let us know so we make reservations based on the

number in our party.

Friday, March 11

All arrive at Grove Park Inn at your leisure.

4 pm Check in time at Grove Park Inn

6:30 pm Dinner at Cúrate

Saturday, March 12

9:30 am Breakfast, recommendation: Grove Park Inn Great Hall or Early Girl Eatery (8 Wall St, Asheville,

NC 28801)

11:30 am Meet at Black Mountain College Art Museum (56 Broadway Asheville, NC 28801, 828-350-8484)

11:40 am Caravan to Black Mountain College Campus in Lake Eden, NC (20 min drive from Asheville)

12 pm Tour campus with a docent from BMCM

1:30 pm Head back to Asheville for lunch. Recommendation: Salsas

3:30 pm Asheville Art Museum private showing of Black Mountain College Permanent Collection

6:30 pm Dinner downtown Asheville, recommendation Limoné, Table, Bull & Beggar, Rhubarb

Cocktails in Downtown Asheville or back at GPI

Sunday, March 13

11 am Check out

11:30 am Brunch, recommendation: Tupelo Honey Café (12 College Street Asheville, NC 28801)

1 pm Studio Visits: TBA (River Arts District)

Depart Asheville at your leisure

Upcoming Events

October 8 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Talks

BLDGS Talk + Tour

Presented by Atlanta Design Festival

Grab a coffee and explore the historical Atlanta Contemporary building with the BLDGS, the architecture group behind the 2013 renovation of the galleries. This tour is part of the Atlanta Design Festival tour series with MA! Architecture Tours.

October 13 / 6:00pm
Contemporary Talks

Andres Serrano’s Insurrection


Atlanta Contemporary hosts a screening of Insurrection, followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, Andres Serrano moderated by Gregory Zinman, Associate Chair of and Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

October 19 / 6:00pm
Contemporary Off-Site

Callanwolde Gallery Tour

Members Only


Members will tour the fine art gallery located at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

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