Anderson Ranch announces summer workshops |

Anderson Ranch announces summer workshops

Anderson Ranch Arts Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with multiple workshops at its Snowmass Village facility.

This summer’s guest faculty will draw upon the ranch’s full breadth of classic techniques and cutting-edge technologies, according to an announcement made Monday by the nonprofit. For the first time in its history, the ranch’s photography students can enroll in a three-year Advanced Mentored Study Program focused on visual storytelling and documentary photography. Led by photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi and New York Times senior staff photographer James Estrin, this workshop harnesses digital photography, smartphone technology, social media and transmedia in the pursuit of storytelling.

Internationally acclaimed painter and 2007 Anderson Ranch National Artist Honoree Enrique Martinez Celaya also will hold the second session of a three-year Advanced Mentored Study Program for painters. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to expand the scope of their practice and theoretical approach and in doing so, encounter ways of making more relevant artwork.

Anderson Ranch’s facilities allow students of all levels to engage in a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques — whether designing collapsible furniture through 3D modeling, firing up a gas, electric, soda or wood fire kiln; writing interactive code for Web-based artworks, turning corrugated cardboard or blending photography and painting via collage. Use of the ranch’s Digital Fabrication Lab is integrated across disciplines, designed to spark ideas and expand learning opportunities. For young artists, Anderson Ranch also offers summer programming for children ages 4 to 17 in a variety of media.

Anniversary symposia, exhibitions, lectures and workshops honoring the Anderson Ranch’s legacy and future include “In The Dynamic Culture of Contemporary Art Making,” a two-night seminar running July 13 and 14.

The festivities continue with 50th Celebration Week, running July 17 to 22, featuring the Ranch’s Summer Series of Featured Artists and Conversations and 20th Annual Recognition Dinner. Featured artists have yet to be announced.

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