Anderson Ranch event lands director Steve McQueen |

Anderson Ranch event lands director Steve McQueen

Staff report

Steve McQueen, Oscar-winning director of “12 Years a Slave,” will be the keynote speaker at an event at Anderson Ranch Arts Center this summer, the nonprofit announced Monday.

McQueen, the first black director of an Oscar Best Picture, will speak at “Making the Change They Want to See,” a two-day event in August featuring artists who are working to create social change. The event is part of a new Symposium Series the Ranch is starting this summer.

The other event in the series is “The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millenium,” a panel discussion with the authors of a book by the same name on July 30.

Anderson Ranch also announced on Monday the speakers in its 2014 Featured Artists Series: Wendell Castle, Theaster Gates, Charles Gaines, Catherine Opie and Ron Nagle.

The Featured Artists Series, which is weekly starting July 10, and “The Reckoning” are free and open to the public. Registration is required, however, at

“Making the Change” will be $250 for Ranch students and faculty and National Council members and $500 for the general public. For more information or to register, visit

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