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Anderson Ranch welcomes new leader

Stewart Oksenhorn

Hunter O'Hanian

Hunter O’Hanian, who was announced Monday as the new president of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, takes the position with a long history in arts administration.

Since 1997, O’Hanian has been the executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., an arts colony that offers year-round programs – including seven-month winter residencies – to visual artists and writers. In nearly a decade on the job, O’Hanian focused on a range of tasks on the business side of the organization, including building an endowment, improving the physical structures, cultivating donors and starting a $3 million capital campaign.O’Hanian’s extensive administrative experience seems to be an indication of the maturing of Anderson Ranch over its 40-year history. Jim Baker, the previous director of Snowmass Village’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center, took the position with no experience as an administrator but a disdain for administrative tasks. Baker had been head of the ranch’s photography program when, in 1995, he became acting director of the ranch, a position he assumed would last a few months. Instead, he removed the “acting” from his title and remained in the director’s office for 11 years, a time of significant growth, progress and reorganizing for Anderson Ranch.

Baker resigned last winter, to accept the position of president at the Maine College of Art. The hiring of O’Hanian, whom a search committee of current and former Anderson Ranch board members and senior staff unanimously recommended, becomes effective in January.Where Baker came from the artistic side, his successor brings a varied background. Prior to serving as executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center, O’Hanian had been a partner in the Boston law firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, specializing in litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a law degree from Suffolk University of Law. He also has been awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts from the Art Institute of Boston. O’Hanian has been a regular instructor in Boston University’s graduate arts administration program and is a former chairman of the board of trustees at the Art Institute of Boston.

“We are very excited about the outcome of our search process,” Paul Schorr, chairman of the search committee and a past chairman of the Anderson Ranch board of trustees, said in a press release. “Hunter brings a remarkably apt set of skills to the ranch. His profile blends experience in the arts with a broad background in the law, bringing entrepreneurship, creativity and analysis to his administrative style.”Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com