About the Museum
Nestled among the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Snowmass Village, Colorado, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus is comprised of 14 ranch buildings on five beautifully kept acres. For 50 years, the Ranch has been a destination and a welcoming community for art makers and art enthusiasts, providing time and space for artists—of all levels—to learn, create and be inspired.
We offer state-of-the-art facilities and access to world renowned faculty through our summer workshops for adults, teens and children. In addition, the Ranch hosts many public events, such as the exciting Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, lively Lunchtime Auctionettes, Guest Faculty Lectures, the Recognition Dinner, the Annual Art Auction, gallery exhibits and more.
The Anderson Ranch was founded by the prominent American raku ceramist Paul Soldner who, with an incredible vision and a fortunate land opportunity created one of the most respected visual arts programs in the country. In 1966, just as the ski industry began to blossom, local resort developers envisioned an arts and cultural center for the valley and surrounding community. They called on Soldner, who chose the Anderson Ranch property as the location for that venue, to make it a reality.
Soldner and his contemporaries, photographer Cherie Hiser, clay sculptor Peter Voulkos, woodworker Sam Maloof and many others, planted the seeds for an arts center that was decidedly different from existing degree-focused programs. “It seemed important that we do things differently than can be done in college,” Soldner expressed early on. Thus, core principles of the Ranch were born and are still carried on today. The ranch has small class sizes allowing for personal attention and access to faculty, 24/7 studio availability to encourage unbridled creativity, art making as a way of life and a professional path and the value of giving more than you take–and making for others to enjoy.
(Image: Photo: Christopher Robins, Flickr)