Anderson Ranch Arts Center launches Family Residency Pilot Program

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Anderson Ranch Arts Center announced its new Family Residency Pilot Program launching this fall. This new program breaks the traditional mold of artist residencies by extending a warm welcome to artists and their families. This initiative is designed to enrich the lives of artists and their loved ones, ensuring that art becomes an even more integral part of their journey together.

Selected families have been invited to join the first Family Residency Pilot Program for three, two-week sessions this fall, during which they will have access to a studio workspace, mentorship, and resources. Artists will have the freedom to structure their days with a balance of studio time paired with family activities guided by Anderson Ranch staff. Through independent and shared experiences at the ranch, families can immerse themselves in a dynamic artistic community, ensuring a holistic experience that benefits all members.

“Anderson Ranch’s new Family Residency Pilot Program represents an exciting departure from conventional residency models,” said Liz Ferrill, the artistic director of painting, drawing, and printmaking in a prepared statement. “By embracing artists and their families, we are fostering a culture of inclusivity and creativity. We look forward to the positive impact this initiative will have on artists and their loved ones, and we are excited to see how this program transforms lives and shapes a more inclusive artistic community.”

The three artists and their families to take part in this new program include the following:

The Hill Family  |  Nov. 19-Dec. 2

Ceramicist Trey Hill will travel to Anderson Ranch with his partner and 4-year-old son. He will be working in the areas of sculpture and ceramics. He is an associate professor at the University of Montana where he teaches ceramics and sculpture. He received his BFA from Bowling Green State University and his MFA from San Jose State University. His work has been shown in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. He has participated in numerous national and international artist residencies, and his work is included in the outdoor sculpture exhibition at Anderson Ranch.

The Ghenov Family  |  Dec. 7-17

Artists Rubens Ghenov and Lynne Marinelli Ghenov will visit Anderson Ranch with their teenage son and daughter. They will all be working in the painting studio. Lynne is currently an Associate at Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville, TN. She has shown at Goodyear Gallery (PA), Downtown Gallery (TN), Crosstown Arts (TN), TSA (NY and LA), and others. Rubens was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and immigrated to the US in 1989. He has shown nationally in both solo and group exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery (NY), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA), TSA Brooklyn (NYC), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He teaches painting and drawing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Drolen Family  |  Dec. 3-16

Photographer Rebecca Drolen will travel to Anderson Ranch with her partner and 8-year-old daughter. Her photographs are concerned with how individuals visually assemble their identity and the constructed ideals placed on gendered bodily performance. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions on a national and international level within noteworthy venues such as the Huffington Post, Oxford American’s “Eyes on the South,” the Light Factory, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Springfield Art Museum, The Oklahoma State Museum of Art, the CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea, the Galveston Art Center, Filter Photo, and the Theory of Clouds Gallery in Kobe, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas School of Art, and she considers teaching a core priority within her art practice.