Anderson Ranch

Elise Thatcher

World renowned artist Christo still hopes to do an ambitious art installation in Central Colorado. Well known for The Gates, a New York City Central Park installation in 2005, he’s now proposing a project called Over the River. In it, fabric panels would be suspended over sections six miles of the Arkansas River. Christo’s work is often controversial, so it’s no surprise the proposal has met stiff opposition here.

Note: Want to hear Christo's entire talk at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center? Scroll the bottom of this post for full unedited audio.

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. 

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

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

Katherine Bell, the Children's Program and Outreach Manager, discusses the summer children's workshops and the importance of creativity in today's youth. 

Del Harrow, a ceramicist and Assistant Professor of Art at Colorado State University, taught a two-week workshop at Anderson Ranch titled "Digital Clay". The workshop studied the "hybrid" technique of combining technology and computer design with ceramics. Harrow explains the process, the results, and his personal inspirations. Del Harrow's work can be seen at his website: http://www.delharrow.net.

Visit www.andersonranch.org to see the list of summer workshops and for more information.

Nancy Wilhelms is the new Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Summer is full of events for Anderson Ranch: 140 workshops, featured and visiting artist lectures, weekly art "auctionettes" and children's programs. Wilhelms shares how locals, visitors, artists and non-artists can experience Anderson Ranch this summer.
 

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