Visual Arts

Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, discusses the upcoming fall programs and workshops at the arts center, as well as Ranch's upcoming 50th anniversary.  

The Ranch will offer two workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in October; one focused in ceramics, the other in photography. Learn more about these destination workshops HERE.  

Alec Soth is a renowned photographer who lives in Minnesota and traveled to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center to speak at the Summer Lecture Series. He discusses his work, his vulnerability as a photographer, and what inspires him. 

Visit to see Soth's work, and visit to learn more about the Ranch's Summer Lecture Series. 

On today's episode, Casey Reas, an artist and educator who is pioneering the field of visual design. He's teaching a week-long code and digital fabrication summer workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Reas discusses his workshop and how he blends computer programming and the visual arts. 

Visit to see more examples of Casey Reas' work, and to learn more about summer workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

If you're a serious artist, or want to be, you're probably familiar with artist-in-residence programs. It's an important step in an artist's career according to Doug Casebeer, the Associate Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Casebeer played a major role in developing the residency program in 1985, when it was founded. Julia Galloway is a ceramic artist and was a resident at the Ranch almost two decades ago.

Sylvie Rosenthal is a woodworker, welder, and artist who is pioneering the field of sculpture and furniture design for women. She's teaching a two-week long workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village this summer and takes us behind the scenes into the studio and her artistic process. 

To see more of Sylvie Rosenthal's work, visit her website at And visit to learn more about this summer's workshops. 

This week at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director, and Andrea Wallace, the Artistic Director of Photography and New Media and the Director of the Workshop Program, discuss the Ranch's Scholarship and Partnership Program. The Ranch partners with over 60 colleges and universities around the country to bring undergraduate and graduate art students to the Snowmass Village arts center. And, the Ranch has a scholarship program for all students to help cover the costs for summer workshops and kids camps. 

Enrique Martinez Celaya has been coming to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for over a decade. He is an established contemporary artist and a board member of the Ranch. Martinez Celaya discusses his work, inspirations, and challenges.

He will be leading a multi-year advanced workshop for serious artists looking to expand and improve their portfolios, and recently published a new book on his reflections and experiences at the ranch, On Art and Mindfulness

It's been a busy summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms discusses the summer's line up of  lectures series, symposiums, workshops, and what happens when things settle down at the Ranch.

In August, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village hosted Making the Change They Want to See, a symposium featuring artists who are tackling social injustices through film, sculpture, photography, and performance. Steve McQueen, Academy Award-winning Director of 12 Years a Slave, was the keynote speaker. McQueen talks about his evolution through art and filmmaking, offers his advice to young artists, and discusses his new work.

Andy Brayman is an artist who works with 3D forms and technology - he taught a 3D printing workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center earlier this summer. Brayman talks about the possibilities and applications for 3D technology in the art world. Doug Casebeer, Associate Director of Anderson Ranch, also contributes.

Dennis and Debra Scholl are committed patrons of the arts and will be recognized for their patronage at the Anderson Ranch Annual Recognition Dinner on Saturday, July 19th at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. We talk to the Scholls about their contemporary collections,  generous gifts, and projects in the art world.

Learn more about the Recognition Dinner HERE.  And find out more about featured visiting contemporary artists at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center HERE

Let's talk photography and digital media with Andrea Wallace of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Derek Johnston of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Both are professional photographers and educators in the field. We discuss the photography workshop Johnston is teaching through the Ranch, and the rapidly evolving world of photography and digital media. 

Learn more about Johnston's workshop HERE, and visit to learn more about the Photography and Digital Media department. 

This week we speak with Caroline Hanson, who is leading two children's workshops: LEGO Architecture (July 7-11) and LEGO Robotics (August 11 - 15). The workshops will be at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Hanson discusses her interest in Lego as an artistic media and tool for teaching, and gives a preview of the projects.

Associate Director and Artistic Director for Ceramics, Doug Casebeer, talks about the ceramics program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The center has one of the best ceramic facilities in the country - allowing ceramic artists to practice traditional and contemporary ceramics.

Auctions are a staple in the art world. Sotheby's or Christie's might come to mind, but here in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has auctioned fine art pieces for years. Every other Friday, the ranch hosts lunchtime auctionettes, yes, small auctions. Liz Delorme Garfield, Special Events Manager at the ranch, shares what makes these auctionettes unique. 

Visit the Anderson Ranch Calendar (HERE) to find auctionette dates and times. The large, Annual Art Auction will be held on Saturday, August 9th. Learn more about Anderson Ranch on their website:

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.

The Wyly Young Artists Mentorship Program with internationally renowned artist Nancy Lovendahl and Basalt High School junior Michelle Lehman. 

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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

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.