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Black Mountain College Prize Awarded to Alison Croney Moses

Alison Croney Moses has been selected as the recipient of the annual BMC Prize, a grant for artists working in the spirit of Black Mountain College.

Croney Moses creates wooden objects that reach out to your senses — the smell of cedar, the color of honey or the deep blue sea, the round form that signifies safety and warmth, the gentle curve that beckons to be touched. Born and raised in North Carolina by Guyanese parents, making clothing, food, furniture, and art is embedded in her memories of childhood. Croney Moses carries these values into adulthood and parenting; creating experiences, conversations, and educational programs that cultivate the next generation of leaders in art and craft. 

2024 prize nominators Seth Cluett, Ruth Erickson, Maura Keefe, Paul Lazar, and Dexter Wimberly selected Croney Moses after a rigorous, multidisciplinary search process.

I think of the BMC Prize like a prism reflecting the many facets of Black Mountain College. In Alison Croney Moses, we have an artist whose engagement with wood in her own artwork and deep commitment to building community exemplifies the ways that craft and community worked in concert at BMC… Croney Moses through her hand and heart has expanded the field of woodworking and formed spaces of connection for women, mothers, and artists of color.

Ruth Erickson, BMC Prize Nominator

Origins of the Prize
The legendary Black Mountain College (1933–1957) was founded on principles of collaboration, experimentation, and non-hierarchical, democratic structures — preparing individuals to become active citizens. The college’s impact has taken root across the globe, evolving to encompass diverse forms of expression. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is dedicated to preserving and extending the BMC legacy. The museum’s BMC Prize was established by cultural pollinators Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull to support the most innovative artists working in the BMC tradition today.

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