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July 17, 2012
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Kara Walker to speak, receive award at Anderson Ranch

SNOWMASS VILLAGE- Artist Kara Walker will present a lecture on her work and the inspiration behind it at 5 p.m. July 19 in Schermer Meeting Hall, on the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus. The lecture is full, but it will be broadcast on-site, with seating available in the Ranch Cafe.

Walker also is receiving Anderson Ranch's National Artist Award this year and will be honored at the center's annual recognition dinner on July 21.

Walker is best known for her tableaux of paper silhouettes that examine America's racial and gender tensions via African-American history. Her works often address themes such as power, repression, race and sexuality.

Walker received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the Atlanta College of Art and her master of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. At age 27 she became the youngest recipient of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, which launched a public controversy about her work. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has had solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center and the Whitney Museum of Art. Her work is in museums and private collections across the globe. She is on the faculty of the master of fine arts program at Columbia University.

The featured artist lecture series is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve seats email or call 970-923-3181.

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