Audio Canvas

2014 marks our third summer in partnership with the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Audio Canvas takes listeners on a summer-long tour around the Anderson Ranch campus. Listeners are invited into the studios of renowned national and international artists. Learn more about Anderson Ranch programs, events, workshops, and visiting hours at AndersonRanch.org.

Welcome to Audio Canvas, a weekly guided tour of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. I'll take you behind the scenes of the center, where they are in high gear with students, local staff, visiting faculty, and world-renowned artists. Nancy Wilhelms is the Executive Director of Anderson Ranch, and sits down to discuss the lectures, symposiums, events, and programs happening at the ranch this summer.

From the first week of June to Labor Day, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is full of working artists, children's workshops, firing kilns, busy cafe kitchen staff, artist lectures, and a variety of other events on and off the campus (to touch on a few). Anderson Ranch's campus closes down for the first week of September, but the season doesn't stop there. Three more works of intensive workshops and artists-in-residence keep the autumn busy. Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of Anderson Ranch, sat down to explain what exactly happens when the busy weeks of summer come to a close. 

More information on Anderson Ranch can be found here

Harvey / Meadows Gallery. / 21" x 21" x 3" Ceramic, glaze 2013.

Artist Brad Miller is no stranger to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Arriving at the Ranch in 1980, Miller ran the ceramics studio from 1980 - 1984 and then served as the Executive Director from 1984 - 1992. He is back at the Ranch to teach a two-week long ceramics workshops, focused on ceramic forms and glazes. Miller now lives in Los Angeles and works in a variety of mediums, including painting and photography, in addition to his functional and structural ceramic work. More of his work can be found here

A collection of Miller's work is now on display at the Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen. 

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Mark Klett is an American Photographer and Professor of Art at Arizona State University. His work studies Western landscapes, most notably the Grand Canyon and desert environments. Klett has a diverse background in geology and photography. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Geology, he decided to pursue photography professionally and received an MFA in Photography. In the meantime, he spent summers using his geology degree as a field assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Xaviera Simmons and David Castillo Gallery

Xaviera Simmons, a 2013 Featured Artist at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, discusses her work, process, inspirations and vision. Simmons works in photography, installation, multi-media and audio. She also enjoys working in the American west and much of her work investigates social, political and personal narratives. Simmons gave an artist lecture at the Ranch on August 8th and had a piece of work in the Ranch's Annual Live Art Auction on August 10th (pictured). To find more of Simmons's work, visit her gallery's website

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The Anderson Ranch Arts Center will be hosting its 33rd Annual Art Auction on Sunday, August 10th. Over 250 pieces will be up for bid in both a silent and live auction. The work is also available to preview, bid, and buy on Paddle8.com. Liz Delorme, the Special Events Manager at the Ranch, explained all the ins and outs of this year's Auction. 

More information is available at the Anderson Ranch website

Doug Casebeer, the Artistic Director of Ceramics, Sculpture and Woodworking, has been a member of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for 29 years. He also chairs the Artist in Residency Program. He has been an important part of the development and evolution of the Ranch and shares his experiences at the Ranch and his perception on the necessity of Art in the Snowmass Village community and the world. 

Eric DeLand. 2013. / Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Bill Viola, and his wife, Kira Perov, gave a presentation of their four new video pieces on July 19th at Anderson Ranch. One of these pieces is The Dreamers, currently on display at London's Blain/Southern Gallery. As Viola explains, "the piece is made up of seven large plasma screens depicting seven individuals submerged underwater at the bottom of a stream bed. They're not dead, but they're not alive. Their eyes are closed and they appear to be at peace. Water ripples across their bodies, subtly animating their movements. The sound of running water permeates the space as dreams filter through the room". The Dreamers​.

Viola is considered one of the world's leading artists in contemporary art. His video work studies the basic human events we all face in life: birth, death and the understanding of our conscious and subconscious mind. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has had work exhibited in London's National Gallery, the Guggenheim in New York and Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just to name a few. He is the 2013 National Artist Honoree at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. To see more of Bill Viola's work, visit his Website.

Andrea Wallace, Director of Photography and Digital Media at Anderson Ranch and Photographer, discusses the evolving world of digital media and how artists are not only keeping up, but discovering new ways of using and consuming the digital image.

Elizabeth Ferrill's work is simple, geometric and colorful. She works in a variety of mediums from printmaking   and painting to sculpture. Ferrill is teaching two week-long workshops at the Ranch in July and shares her personal inspirations and artistic endeavors.

To see Ferrill's work, visit her website

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