Anderson Ranch to hold Recognition Dinner on Saturday

Aspen Times Staff Report

Anderson Ranch Arts Center will hold its sixth annual Recognition Dinner on Saturday, June 29, at the St. Regis Aspen.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will include dinner, live and silent auctions, and presentations of the National Artist Award, National Service Award and Community Service Award.

The National Artist Award will be given to wife and husband, painter Elizabeth Murray and poet Robert Holman. Murray’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is also an art teacher and serves on juries and committees of several foundations.

Holman, in addition to creating his own rap style of verse, has been instrumental in establishing poetry programs. He directed readings at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and promoted poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. Holman also produced the recent PBS series “United States of Poetry.”

Art collectors Mary and Jim Patton are recipients of the National Service Award. The Pattons recently donated their collection of abstract American art to the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jim Patton is a founder of the Washington law firm Patton and Boggs. Mary Patton is a textile designer and artist, who has had numerous exhibits of her watercolors and prints. The Pattons serve as national council members of the Whitney Museum of American Art and both have served on the board of Anderson Ranch, where their support led to the creation of the printmaking program and the Patton Print Shop.

Aspen architect Harry Teague, who will receive the Community Service Award, designed the architecture for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Snowmass Village campus. He has also designed the Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent and the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek. Teague served as president of the board of the International Design Conference in Aspen from 1997 to 2001.

The live auction will feature commissions by sculptor James Surls, ceramists Doug Casebeer and Eddie Dominguez, and photographer Lynn Goldsmith. The silent auction will include ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photographs, sculpture and more.

For further information on the Recognition Dinner, call 923-3181.