Anderson Ranch Arts Center Turns 50

When ceramist Paul Soldner gathered a group of artists for summer workshops on a small ranch in Snowmass in 1966, he likely didn't imagine it would become one of the valley's preeminent institutions, drawing artists of international renown to the picturesque campus 50 years later. But that's exactly how Anderson Ranch Arts Center evolved. 

Today the nonprofit, still perched on five acres in Snowmass Village outside of Aspen, runs a year-round program featuring everything from week-long camps and workshops for children and adults, intensive residency programs, visiting artist lectures and ongoing exhibitions. ARAC offers instruction in eight disciplines by on-site faculty, including photography, woodworking, ceramics and painting. It's a place for continued exploration of the creative spirit.

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The Ranch celebrated its 50th anniversary in mid-July with a week-long celebration that culminated in a free concert on Snowmass' Fanny Hill featuring Jamestown Revival. The organization recognized Carrie Mae Weems with its National Artist Award and Eleanore and Domenico De Sole with its Service to the Arts Award. In between, events included a lecture by Fred Tomaselli and open studio hours with Tom Sachs. 

But the fun isn't over. On Saturday, Aug. 6, ARAC hosts its annual Art Auction and Community Picnic. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can tour the grounds, enjoy a lunch buffet ($15/adults, kids 12 and under eat free), and bid on more than 200 works in silent and live auctions.  

As interior designers, we are always looking to the art world for inspiration. We plan to be at the celebration to honor this great organization and toast to another 50 years!