Katherine de Vos Devine will be the first executive director of Asheville, North Carolina’s Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), as museum board chair Dr. J. Richard Gruber announced today. As executive director, Devine will provide “strategic and operational leadership,” according to a news release, as the institution (which counts Cy Twombly, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage among its many alumni) grows its facilities and programs in downtown Asheville.
Devine, a native New Yorker, is in the process of earning a Ph.D. in art history at Duke, where she also received a law degree and a B.A. in art history. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Devine worked as a paralegal at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in New York from 2005-2007. During this time, Devine worked with upwards of 100 public charities and private foundations, which included museums, art centers, and dance and theater companies.
In a statement, Dr. Gruber mentioned that the decision to choose Devine was made after a very thorough nationwide search for candidates. He then added,
“Katherine is the perfect choice to join the team at this pivotal moment in BMCM+AC’s history, as we expand our facility and programming to better serve our community and many visitors. Her experience in the arts, higher education, non-profit management, and with a distinguished law firm, made her the ideal candidate to be our inaugural executive director. Through her involvement in and passionate commitment to the arts and education, she fully grasps the role of the institution, its legacy, vital relevance today, and robust future as a unique place for art-centered education and interdisciplinary practice. Her knowledge, expertise, and engagement with the law, art history, and contemporary art—perfectly reflected in the title of her dissertation, Transformed: Contemporary Art, Copyright Law, and Fair Use—assure enlightened leadership and vision. We are delighted to welcome Katherine and look forward to working with her on the grand opening this summer of our new space and initiatives in development.”