The outside of an arts center should reflect the amazing and creative things going on inside, right? Over the past few years the Black Mountain Center for the Arts has achieved our dream of making our exterior walls come alive with the addition of murals that reflect the creative energy of our center and this region.
The first of these murals, entitled Community, is on the west side of our building and was installed in 2019 by Brushcan Murals of Asheville, NC. More recently, in the summer of 2022, artist Lara Nguyen created a two-part mural entitled Beautiful Migration on the south walls of our building.
Who We Are
Beautiful Migration consists of two murals; Mighty Migrants featuring patterns inspired by artist Anni Albers alongside images of milkweed and monarch butterflies, and Universal Citizen featuring a design that was inspired by a photograph of artist Ruth Asawa sitting with her work.
Mighty Migrants close up
Universal Citizen close up
Lara Nguyen (1976-2023) was an artist and educator who lived, taught, and created in this area. We are grateful that Lara was able to leave a legacy of her talents in Black Mountain and are so appreciative that she left us these fantastic murals.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The arts are back in North Carolina. The Spark the Arts grant promotes audience inclusion and reengagement in the arts.
This project was made possible with help from a grant from the Lipscomb Family Foundation.
Scott Allred and Jeremy Russell of Brushcan Murals created Community in the summer of 2019. The mural was painted off-site on Polytab which was later attached to the side of the building. Check out the process below.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.