Anderson Ranch to honor Carrie Mae Weems, Domenico and Eleanore De Sole |

Anderson Ranch to honor Carrie Mae Weems, Domenico and Eleanore De Sole

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Carrie Mae Weems
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Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor multimedia artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems with its National Artist Award this summer, the Snowmass Village nonprofit announced Wednesday. Tom Ford International founder Domenico De Sole and wife Eleanore De Sole will receive the Ranch’s Service to the Arts Award for their championing of the arts.

Both awards will be presented at Anderson Ranch’s Gala Recognition Dinner on July 21, as Anderson Ranch celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Weems, a 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant recipient and winner of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has worked in photographs, text, fabric, audio and digital images, installation and video over the past 30 years. Her work investigates family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class and various political systems. Her artwork is in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

“To be given the National Artist Award, an award that has, in the past, been given to such illustrious artists like Frank Stella, Theaster Gates and Cindy Sherman, among others, is such an incredible honor,” Weems said in a statement. “I am a working girl who is so consumed and engaged with my work that I’m often surprised when anyone takes note. It’s therefore humbling and an honor to be given this award from Anderson Ranch.”

The National Artist Award is given to nationally or internationally recognized artists who have created innovations in art education and whose careers have set an example and a direction for other artists. Additional past recipients include Bill Viola, Vik Muniz, Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Fashion executive Domenico De Sole was CEO of Gucci Group for 10 years before founding Tom Ford in 2005, and serves as chairman of the board at Sotheby’s. Eleanore De Sole has served on boards associated with the Madeira School, the American International School of Florence (Italy), The Benjamin West Group of The Royal Academy, Benjamin Franklin House in London, the Aspen Art Museum and the Savannah College of Art and Design, from which she received an honorary doctorate. The De Soles are part-time Snowmass Village residents.

The Service to the Arts Award is given to locally and nationally recognized arts advocates whose efforts have supported artists and arts institutions and who have made contributions to the cultural and social life of our country. Prior recipients include Jennifer and David Stockman, Debra and Dennis Scholl, Jane and Marc Nathanson, Soledad and Robert Hurst, Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy.

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