The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has appointed Katherine de Vos Devine as its first executive director, effective July 1.
A New York City native, Devine is completing her PhD in art history at Duke University, where she has been involved in research and curatorial projects at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art. She also holds a JD degree from Duke (2010) and a BA in art history.
Devine will be provide strategic and operational leadership for the institution as it expands its facilities and programs in downtown Asheville.
BMCM+AC was founded in 1993 to preserve the legacy of Black Mountain College (1933-57), where numerous prominent artists taught and studied, including Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, Francine du Plessix Gray, Ray Johnson, Franz Kline, Jacob Lawrence, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Ben Shahn, and Cy Twombly.
Board Chair J. Richard Gruber stated, “Her experience in the arts, higher education, non-profit management, and with a distinguished law firm, made her the ideal candidate to be our inaugural Executive Director … Her knowledge, expertise, and engagement with the law, art history, and contemporary art – perfectly reflected in the title of her dissertation, Transformed: Contemporary Art, Copyright Law, and Fair Use – assure enlightened leadership and vision.”