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Anderson Ranch Arts Center Announces 2019 International Artist Award Honoree, Nick Cave, Service to the Arts Award Honoree, Sarah Arison and Extraordinary Leadership Award Honoree, Doug Casebeer

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Anderson Ranch Arts Center Announces

2019 International Artist Award Honoree, Nick Cave,

Service to the Arts Award Honoree, Sarah Arison and Extraordinary Leadership Award Honoree, Doug Casebeer

23rd Annual Recognition Dinner Celebration Will Take Place July 18, 2019


Aspen/Snowmass, CO (April 4, 2019) — This summer, Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor Nick Cave with the International Artist Award, Sarah Arison with the Service to the Arts Award and Doug Casebeer with the Extraordinary Leadership Award at its 23rd Annual Recognition Dinner on July 18, 2019. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, a premier destination in America for art-making and critical dialog since 1966, celebrates creativity and service to the arts by recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of key figures in the art world.


"This year’s honorees represent everything that is core to the mission of Anderson Ranch. As individuals being celebrated for their contributions to contemporary arts, Nick, Sarah and Doug reflect the impact that art can have on society at large. They are world-class leaders who have changed the landscape of the art world, and peoples’ lives within that world.  In addition, their talents and values are true to the roots of the Ranch; it’s sure to be an unforgettable evening,” said Anderson Ranch President and CEO Peter Waanders.


He continued, “I could not be happier to celebrate my first Recognition Dinner as part of the Ranch family alongside a returning artist, a leader who cultivates a new generation of emerging artists and a 30 plus-year educator.”


Cave said about the award, “I am grateful to receive this prestigious award from Anderson Ranch Arts Center. My practice is about creating opportunities for collective dreaming and having visited the Ranch campus and experiencing the creative energy which permeates every space, Anderson Ranch is exactly that kind of place in the physical world. This is an honor and I’m looking forward to returning this summer.”

"What immediately drew me to the Ranch was hearing how artists spoke about it-- they often referred to it as their home, a place they felt comfortable experimenting, creating and collaborating,” said Arison. “To hear artists speak so enthusiastically made me instantly understand what a unique and special place it was; the more time I spend there the more I agree. It is such a warm and welcoming community to artists and art lovers alike. I am thrilled to receive this award from such an exceptional organization."


“I am humbled and honored to receive this award of recognition from the Ranch. The Ranch has been my life's work. I am reminded of what a mentor of mine said to me many years ago, that ‘as a teacher, the best gift you can receive is to make a difference in someone's life’. The Ranch has allowed me to touch, change and encourage the creative practice of hundreds of striving artists. I am thankful of this gift the Ranch has given me and I am paying it forward one person at a time,” said Casebeer. 


The Recognition Dinner brings together art world luminaries and supporters for an evening of fun and fundraising, including cocktails, dinner and a live auction.


For information on tables and tickets, please call Hailey Walsh at 970/924.5067.


Proceeds from the evening directly benefit Anderson Ranch educational programs.




The International Artist Award is given to globally recognized artists who demonstrate the highest level of artistic achievement and whose careers have fundamentally influenced contemporary art. Past recipients include Wangechi Mutu, Carrie Mae Weems, Frank Stella, Theaster Gates, Bill Viola, Cindy Sherman, Vik Muniz, Laurie Anderson, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and others.


The Service to the Arts Award is presented to locally and nationally recognized arts advocates, who demonstrate the highest level of leadership, integrity and vision. Prior recipients include Bunny and Charles Burson, Jan and Ronnie Greenberg, Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Jennifer and David Stockman, Debra and Dennis Scholl, Jane and Marc Nathanson and Soledad and Robert Hurst, among others.


The Extraordinary Leadership Award is given to longtime patrons of Anderson Ranch Arts Center who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding leadership and significant sustained efforts towards the advancement of the Ranch and its mission. Ann Korologos received the inaugural award in 2017.





Nick Cave
Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, which camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment.


Cave has several important institutional projects concurrently on view, including Nick Cave: Feat, which opened at the Frist Art Museum (2017 – 18), then travelled to the Orlando Museum of Art (2018) and the Akron Art Museum, the Glenbow Museum, and the Mississippi Museum, all in 2019.  Cave was recently the subject of Until, a major solo exhibition of new work at Mass MoCA in 2016 – 17, which travelled to Carriageworks (2018 – 19), then to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2020.  Other recent solo exhibitions include The Let Go at the Park Avenue Armory in June 2018.


Public collections include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark, among others.

Nick Cave has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2006. Cave is Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Sarah Arison

Born and raised in Miami, Sarah Arison is President of the Arison Arts Foundation, a private grant-making organization that supports emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. She was immersed in the arts from a young age by her grandparents, visionary philanthropists Ted and Lin Arison, who founded Arison Arts Foundation, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the New World Symphony, among their many philanthropic endeavors.


Arison is active across a broad cross-section of national arts organizations. She is Chair of the Board of the National YoungArts Foundation, where she has developed strategic partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, Sundance Film Festival and more to provide aspiring talent with presentation and mentorship opportunities. Arison is Vice-Chair of the board of MoMA PS1; a trustee of MoMA and member of the Committee on Education; a trustee of American Ballet Theatre and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee of Lincoln Center; a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee of New World Symphony; a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts; and a trustee of the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries. 


Arison has also ventured into film producing, supporting projects that shed light on lesser known aspects of the arts. In 2015, she produced her first feature film, “Desert Dancer”, starring Freida Pinto. She later went on to co-produce “The First Monday in May”, a documentary film chronicling the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute blockbuster exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass. She recently co-produced “The Price of Everything” which was acquired by HBO at the Sundance Film Festival.


Arison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and French with a minor in Art History from Emory University.


Doug Casebeer

Doug Casebeer has been at Anderson Ranch Arts Center since 1985. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. His recent exhibitions include a solo show at Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA and a two person show with Takashi Nakazato in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan. He has served as pottery/ceramics consultant to the U.N.’s Industrial Development Organization, and recently as a board member for the Carbondale Clay Center.


Prior to this award, Casebeer was most recently honored with the 2019 NCECA Honorary Member Award in March, 2019. The NCECA Honorary Member Award is for individuals whose contributions to the field have been deemed as superior, unique, and consistent over the years. The NCECA Board was in unanimous agreement that Doug earned this acknowledgement by being an incredible contributor to the organization’s past, present and future.


He will begin a full-time studio practice following his work at Anderson Ranch Arts Center during the summer of 2019. In addition, Casebeer has joined the University of Oklahoma as an Artist-in-Residence, specifically mentoring graduate students. He and his wife Susan split their time between Norman, OK and their home and Doug’s newly-built studio in Carbondale, CO.



Founded in 1966, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a premier destination in America for art making and critical dialog, bringing together aspiring and internationally renowned artists to discuss and further their work in a stimulating environment. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, the Ranch hosts extensive workshops for aspiring, emerging, established artists, children and teenagers in eight disciplines, including Photography & New Media, Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, Furniture Design & Woodworking, Sculpture, Woodturning, Printmaking and Digital Fabrication. In addition to the Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, the Ranch hosts engaging events throughout the year including: the Recognition Dinner, held in honor of Anderson Ranch’s National Artist Award and Service to the Arts Award honorees; the Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic, a thirty-six-year-old tradition which features works of local, national and international artists; and a year-round Artists-in-Residence Program, fostering artistic growth for emerging and established visual artists. For more than 50 years, Anderson Ranch Arts Center has been working to enrich lives with art, inspiration and community. Learn more at www.andersonranch.org or 970/923.3181.


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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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