Anderson Ranch names new executive director |

Anderson Ranch names new executive director


Nancy Wilhelms has been named executive director at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

“Nancy is a member of the ranch family and has excellent business and leadership skills, as well as a background in fine arts. She is a relationship-builder with a proven track record,” said Ann Korologos, chairwoman of Anderson Ranch’s board of trustees. “Nancy’s takes the helm as we head into an outstanding summer season.”

Wilhelms replaces Barbara Bloemink, who is leaving the ranch to pursue other opportunities, according to a news release from the Snowmass nonprofit.

“The ranch is more prominent in the global art scene due to Barbara’s work in growing the summer Featured Artists Lecture Series that brings top contemporary artists to the ranch and the Roaring Fork Valley,” Korologos said. “She has helped to further establish the ranch’s reputation as a center for ideas and dialog in today’s art world.”

Wilhelms begins June 1 and will help the ranch prepare to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2016 and lay the groundwork for an upcoming capital campaign to extend its presence in Aspen/Snowmass and the national and international arts communities.

Wilhelms has served as director of marketing and communications at Anderson Ranch since the summer of 2011. She previously was president of WestGroupOne Marketing Communications Inc., a firm she founded in 1982 serving national and international corporate clients. She has served as press secretary to former Nevada Gov. Robert List, director of marketing for a Las Vegas hotel group, director of communications for Harnischfeger Corp., a Fortune 500 company, and program manager for Milwaukee Summerfest.

Wilhelms holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.