WE ARE BUSY PLANNING FOR OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2016 AND WILL RELEASE MORE INFORMATION SOON!

Throughout its history, Anderson Ranch has served as a catalyst for the exchange of ideas and for deeper understanding of contemporary art and art making.

What began in Snowmass Village, Colorado as a collection of buildings on a local ranch has evolved into one of the most respected visual arts organizations in the country. 

As working ranches in the Snowmass Village area closed down and the ski industry began to blossom in the 1960s, local resort developers envisioned an arts and cultural center for the valley and surrounding community and chose the Anderson Ranch property as the location for that venue.

1983 California Clay in the Rockies  - Left to right, back to front - Viola Frey, Jerry Rothman, Michael Frimkess, Marilyn Levine, Bob Anderson, Ron Nagle, Philip Cornelius, Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Richard Shaw, Phillip Cornelius, Garth Clark, Jeffery Moore, Brad Miller

1983 California Clay in the Rockies  - Left to right, back to front - Viola Frey, Jerry Rothman, Michael Frimkess, Marilyn Levine, Bob Anderson, Ron Nagle, Philip Cornelius, Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Richard Shaw, Phillip Cornelius, Garth Clark, Jeffery Moore, Brad Miller

Through the efforts of many artists and art supporters, Anderson Ranch Arts Center was established in 1973 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Major changes began in 1979,
when resort developers deeded the nearly five-acre parcel of land to Anderson Ranch.

With ownership of the property, the Ranch began to invest in facilities, equipment, staff
and buildings on its journey to become the valuable resource it is today. The old buildings continue to be used, refurbished and transformed, alongside newer facilities such as the studios, workshop spaces and galleries. The oldest building on campus—the Long Studio,
a barn constructed in the mid-1800s—houses one of the Ranch’s several ceramics studios. 

 
"Anderson Ranch: this place, these people. It's changed my life for the better. Thank you and I can't wait to come back."
-2014 Summer Workshop Student
The Director's Cabin moving from Aspen to Anderson Ranch

The Director's Cabin moving from Aspen to Anderson Ranch

Today, Anderson Ranch continues to bring together aspiring and internationally renowned artists to discuss and further their work in a stimulating environment. The Ranch conducts 140 summer workshops for more than 1,100 participants—artists of all levels—each summer.

 
David Pinto teaching a ceramic workshop

David Pinto teaching a ceramic workshop

Studio Coordinator, Josh Meier and Visiting Artist, Paul Anthony Smith in the printshop

Studio Coordinator, Josh Meier and Visiting Artist, Paul Anthony Smith in the printshop

 

Disciplines have expanded to include Ceramics, Furniture Design & Woodworking, Painting & Drawing, Photography & New Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodturning and programs for teens and children. In 2015, the Ranch’s Digital Fabrication Lab (FabLab) was established—complete with 3D printers, CNC router, laser cutter and plasma cutter—and will be integrated across disciplines, designed to spark ideas and expand learning opportunities.

Summer Children's Program - Mask Making

Summer Children's Program - Mask Making

In addition, the Ranch presents the Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, a public program featuring some of the most influential creative voices of our time. In both lecture and Q&A formats, the series explores the work of world-renowned artists and curators, and hosts conversations with top critics and collectors.

In summer, the Ranch campus is a hub of creative energy and activity with our lively Lunchtime Auctionettes on select Fridays, Guest Faculty Lectures several evenings per
week, and Visiting Artists.

Throughout the year, the Ranch offers an Artists-in-Residence program, Visiting Critics program, January Studio Concentrations, Destination Workshops and more.

 

SCHOLARSHIP/PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Anderson Ranch partners with over 100 colleges and universities to award scholarships to upper level aspiring artists—undergraduate and graduate students—opening access to the Ranch and creating a high level of dialogue and interaction in our workshops.

Recipients are at the top of their classes in fine arts programs at respected art schools and liberal arts schools across the country. In 2015, the Ranch will welcome 110 Scholarship/Partnership students.

 

BE PART OF THE ART

Calling all Anderson Ranch Alums: students, faculty, visiting artists, Artist-in-Residence, lecturers, interns, staff and friends! 

We’d love for you to join in celebrating our 50th anniversary. 

Find out more on our Anderson Ranch Alumni Facebook group, where we invite you to
share memories, stories and photos and more!

More about the 50th anniversary festivities coming soon…