Kate Averett (2015) new Project Coordinator

Alumna hired at Black Mountain College + Arts Center

Equipped with her BA in Art History from UNC Asheville in Spring 2015, Kate Averett attended UNC Chapel Hill where she graduated with her MA in Art History in 2017. While at UNC, her research utilized a feminist psychoanalytic approach to horror films as a means of understanding contemporary fears surrounding spectatorship, the female body, and maternity. During this time, she was awarded a Teaching Assistantship in addition to her work at Chapel Hill's Tyndall Galleries. Kate has returned to Asheville to serve as Project Coordinator for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center's Performance Initiative, a project that furthers UNCA's relationship with the Museum as well as the downtown community through programming, performances, and workshops.

Averett talks about her time at UNC Asheville:

"I was consistently inspired by the passion and creativity that my professors expressed in their approach to Art History. This creative approach which embraced many aspects of Visual Culture, the legacy of innovative institutions like Black Mountain College, and the difficult discussions that accompany “Outsider” and Transgressive art, shaped my non-traditional approach to the field and prepared me for the theoretical challenges of an Art History MA.

Through my undergraduate research, particularly my thesis on photographer Zoe Leonard’s “Anatomical Models” Series, I found my voice as a feminist scholar and developed the skills I needed to produce graduate level research. More importantly, my professors pushed me to pursue this degree to the highest level and provided opportunities for me to explore archives, catalogues, and exhibitions. Under Dr. Rundquist’s guidance, I began a “Curatorial Reconnaissance” project, which has been continued by students that came after me, cataloging and evaluating the artwork on our campus and bringing to light the talent of our alumni.

When I arrived at UNC Chapel Hill for my Master’s in Art History, the transition was made all the better by my experience working closely with faculty and my previous experience with research methods and the hard hitting questions of Art Theory. I knew from the moment I graduated from my Bachelors that I wanted to return to Asheville and work alongside the institutions that shaped my undergraduate degree. Through my new position as Project Coordinator for the BMCM+AC’s Performance Initiative, a position funded by UNC Asheville’s Andrew W. Mellon Grant, I look forward to working alongside both the Downtown arts community as well as UNC Asheville."

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