Asheville, North Carolina: BMC
Ruth Asawa attended Black Mountain College from 1946 to 1949 on the recommendation of Elaine Schmitt Urbain, whom Asawa met at Milwaukee Teacher’s College. Asawa had also been encouraged by Clara Porset, a former student of Josef Albers who taught a class on furniture making in Mexico City, which Asawa attended while in Mexico in 1945. During her time in Asheville, Asawa was particularly enthusiastic about Albers’s and Buckminster Fuller’s teachings.
Image: Hazel Larsen Archer. "Ruth Asawa at Black Mountain College" c. mid 1940s.
Courtesy of the Estate of Hazel Larsen Archer and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
San Francisco, California
Ruth Asawa joined her husband Albert Lanier, a fellow Black Mountain College student, in San Francisco in 1949. The family, which eventually comprised eight members, resided there for the rest of Asawa’s life. Over the course of her career, Asawa gained considerable recognition for her sculptures, exhibiting internationally and receiving many commissions for public sculptures.
Image: Ruth Asawa,"Aurora", Bayside Plaza, 1986. Stainless steel, 13 foot diameter.
© Estate of Ruth Asawa.