Back in 1948 I graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York City. I applied to and was accepted as a student at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, I had no idea as to the reputation that the school, its students, and its faculty would justly earn. As we went about our daily affairs, we had not a clue as to the contributions to the world of art that we were making. Now as I look back, I realize how fortunate I was to be part of that group.
I studied color with Joseph Albers and attended his drawing class. I tried my hand in the weaving department set up by his wife Anni Albers and Trude Guermonprez. I took classes in bookbinding, photography, and I spent a lot of time in the carpentry shop. I studied painting and design with Pete Jennerjahn and Joe Fiore. The big thing about it all, was to make the acquaintance and mingle casually with faculty and fellow students.
Robert Rauschenberg, Ken Noland, Kenneth Snellson, Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, Theodoros Stamos, Clement Greenberg, Charles Olson, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Joel Oppenheimer, Fielding Dawson; these are just a random few of the many important contributors to 20th century art that were part of small group living and working, tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina near Asheville.
In addition to the variety of personality and expression, the activity and work ethic exhibited by my peers introduced me at a relatively early age to the life of the working artist.