ArtTALKS: Frank Hursh

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Frank Hursh has led a fascinating life dedicated to the arts and arts education. He attended Black Mountain College (BMC) from 1949 until 1950 and has been a working artist and educator in Mexico since 1956. His impressive resume includes animation for cartoon classics such as Rocky and Bullwinkle and Fractured Fairy Tales, innovative work as a teacher/educator, and the design of the University of the Arts Mexico, where he created a layout reminiscent of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer’s original plan for the BMC campus.

About Black Mountain College Semester 2018 at Appalachian

For Appalachian State University’s Black Mountain College (BMC) Semester in spring 2018, multiple departments across the university are collaborating with area museums and other venues to host exhibits, lectures and workshops that will highlight the importance of BMC’s influence within the Appalachian region’s creative, educational and political movements.

BMC operated from 1933 to 1957 near Asheville, in North Carolina’s rural Swannanoa Valley, and was an early leader of progressive, experimental education in the 20th century.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences and in partnership with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, the Center for Appalachian Studies and the Department of English at Appalachian the spring 2018 semester will address the legacy of BMC 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. The digital timeline will explore the theme of “Place and Change” across six time periods relevant to the college.

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 Appalachian State will contribute to the project’s research and exhibition assets in the mold of collaborative learning at Black Mountain College.

About ArtTALKS

ArtTALKS are talks led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners. These talks provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.

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