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Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Names Jeff Arnal Executive Director

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has announced that Jeff Arnal was appointed executive director. Arnal will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership and for further developing the institution’s programming and resources. He will start in the position on August 1.

“Having worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past two decades, first as a composer and percussionist, and later as a curator, writer, administrator, and producer, Jeff is uniquely suited to lead BMCM+AC,” cochair Brian Butler said. “We look forward to working with him to sustain the college’s tradition of exploring historic paths and forging new ones.”

Arnal cofounded Free Range Asheville, a platform for performance, research, and discourse, in 2015. For three years he worked as a senior specialist for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia. Arnal has also served as a consultant for National Sawdust, a performing arts venue in Brooklyn, and in 2001 he cofounded Improvised and Otherwise, an interdisciplinary festival for emerging artists in the borough. Arnal earned his MFA in music from Bennington College and his BA in interdisciplinary studies—music composition and filmmaking—from the University of Maryland.

“Working with my new colleagues and the dynamic Asheville arts community, I look forward to creating programs—from intimate experiences to celebratory events—that offer a variety of entry points to engage with and interpret content that mirrors the evolving conditions of contemporary arts and culture,” Arnal said.

Established in 1993 in Asheville, North Carolina, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center preserves and pays tribute to the history and legacy of Black Mountain College (1933–57). Arnal, who succeeds Katherine de Vos Devine, is taking the helm of the organization one month after it opened a new gallery space with the inaugural exhibition “Randy Shull/Wide Open: Architecture and Design” as part of a three-year expansion project.

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