Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Awards Travel Scholarship to Carley Brandau

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), in Asheville, NC, announces that Design Apprentice and Museum Intern Carley Brandau will travel to Moscow, Russia this summer to take part in the exhibition “Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015” at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum as part of BMCM+AC’s new Research Travel Grant program. Brandau’s BMCM+AC-administered travel scholarship is generously funded through a donation by Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer.

Brandau, a local artist and UNC Asheville graduate, began at BMCM+AC in October 2014 as a Design Apprentice, working under internationally-known, Asheville-based designer and artist Randy Shull on the redesign and renovation of the museum’s 56 Broadway gallery space. In February, 2015, Brandau was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Windgate Museum Interns at BMCM+AC. The Internship program, Apprenticeship program, and gallery redesign and renovation are part of the museum’s three-year Windgate Charitable Foundation-funded expansion plan.

“Inversions 1&2” by Carley Brandau, Photograph by Jonathan Mora

Brandau’s work, characterized by the wearable bent wood sculptures in her series, “Adornment”, is based on the repeated architectural curvilinear forms she experienced firsthand over the course of her travels. She states, “As an artist, my goals are to encourage traveling as a means of education, collaboration among all mediums of creativity, and repurposing materials to create something unrecognizable.” The A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum has acquired two of her sculptures for their permanent collection. Brandau will share images and reflections from her experience on the BMCM+AC website ( after she returns on July 8, 2015.

“Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015”, curated by Igor Roussanoff will showcase the development of ideas, materials, and technologies of costume design over the past twenty-five years from all over the world. It is the largest costume exhibition to date, with 34 countries represented.

Through its Apprenticeship program, Internship programs, and the Research Travel Grant program, BMCM+AC honors and continues Black Mountain College’s ethos of “learning by doing”. Pending available funding, BMCM+AC plans to continue the travel scholarship program for future interns on an annual basis.

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) preserves and continues the unique legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College. We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Black Mountain College (BMC) was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. The founders of the College believed that the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student’s general liberal arts education, and they hired Josef Albers—from the recently shuttered Bauhaus in Germany—to direct the art program. Legendary even in its own time, Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century. A partial list includes: Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Charles Olson, Dorothea Rockburne, and many others, famous and not-so-famous, who have impacted the world in a significant way. Even now, decades after its closing, the powerful influence of Black Mountain College continues to reverberate.


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