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Anderson Ranch Arts Center 2019 Summer Lineup

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Anderson Ranch Arts Center has an incredibly exciting summer lined up!

First, the Ranch offers more than 150 art workshops every summer in eight disciplines which bring artists of every level together to learn art making skills and gain inspiration from expert faculty.

This summer, we have painting experimentation, an exploration of collage, sculpture in clay, wood and steel, the art of capturing iPhone imagery, jewelry design, Japanese woodcut and Tech Workshops for kids—and that barely scratches the surface! Workshops will be taught by award-winning faculty, many of whom have exhibited worldwide.

We encourage everyone to sign up now, and secure your spot.

  • Read more about each specific workshop
  • Get more information on skill levels and timing


We are also doing a BRAND-NEW collaboration with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies! Anderson Ranch and ACES are offering a co-workshop the week of June 10th for children (details on our website) which will culminate in a fun public event on June 14th at Rock Bottom Ranch called “The Art of Flight: An Environmental and Artistic Spectacle."

This family-friendly event will feature DIY crafts, face painting, food trucks, and an IBEX Puppetry performance that highlights nature, artistic engineering, and visual storytelling. The artwork from the children's workshop "Fly High in the Sky" will be on display.

Some of our guest faculty will also give lectures

  • Held Sundays and Tuesdays from June 4-September 17
  • Lectures are completely free and open to the public!

Up next, our Visiting Artist Program, which is a core component of the Anderson Ranch experience, brings artists of all disciplines to our campus.

  • Affords artists the time and space to complete projects in their area of expertise and to explore new work
  • Visiting artists engage with the creative energy of our students through studio visits and critiques
  • Visiting Artists also contribute to the Ranch community with lectures which are free and open to the public.

This summer, some of our great Visiting Artists are:

John Buck and Deborah Butterfield from May 26-June 11

Simon Haas from June 16 -July 2

Liam Everett from June 23 – June 29

Enrique Martinez Celaya from July 1 - July 22

Takashi Nakazato from July 15- Sept 26


Of course, we also have our Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations. These bring the most important contemporary artists and art influencers of today to the Ranch for lunchtime lectures and discussions.

  • Held every Thursday from July 3 through August 15
  • These are also open to the public!

Here is a list of some of the amazing speakers we have coming this summer!

Sanford Biggers - July 3

Paul McCarthy - July 11

Nick Cave (Recognition Dinner Honoree) - July 17

National Council Summer Series Celebration Speaker (TBA) - July 22

Taryn Simon in Conversation with Kate Fowle - July 25

Beth Rudin DeWoody in Conversation with Maynard Monroe - August 1

TBA - August 8

Lari Pittman - August 15


The Summer Series dovetails with our Critical Dialog Program.

  • These are forums for learning about topics and trends in contemporary visual arts through interactive discussions with internationally renowned experts

One example, the program “The Work of Art in the Age of Hip Hop” will be an exploration into how hip hop synthesized the major artistic avant gardes of the 20th century and then fed them back into the popular culture in a way that transformed the art of our time. This dialog between Helen Molesworth, the Ranch Curator-in-Residence and artist Gary Simmons toggles back and forth between the history of hip hop, and the way it has shaped, changed, and influenced contemporary art.  

Then, we’ll throw our Annual Recognition dinner on July 18.

  • Anderson Ranch’s largest fundraising event of the year, celebrating creativity and service to the arts by recognizing the accomplishments of key figures in the art world
  • Festive evening of celebration and fundraising
  • Cocktails, dinner and a live auction, featuring works by leading contemporary artists and facilitated by Sotheby’s
  • An acclaimed artist will receive our International Artist Award. He’s one of our most fun and irreverent honorees to date and we know the Roaring Fork Valley will be buzzing about this! 

On August 3, we’ll host our Annual Art Auction and Community Picnic, which is another event that’s entirely free and open to the public.

  • Anderson Ranch’s largest community fundraiser of the year and a highlight of the summer season!
  • Held at the historic Ranch, we welcome art lovers of all ages to the campus
  • More than 200 works of art from $100 – $20,000 are available in live and silent auctions. These are donated by artists, collectors and galleries and much of the work was made at the Ranch or produced specifically for this event
  • Enjoy live music, art activities for children and a delicious picnic lunch prepared by the Ranch Café
  • Proceeds support the Ranch’s artistic programs

And finally, don’t forget about our (almost) weekly Lunchtime Auctionettes starting June 14!

  • bid on and win original artwork by Anderson Ranch faculty, visiting artists and staff.
  • For just $10, you can also enjoy a barbeque lunch before the bidding begins
  • Specific dates are June 14, 21, 28, July 5, July 12, July 26, August 9, 16 /and 23 and A SPECIAL EVENING AUCTIONETTE on September 19 (5-6PM).

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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