Anderson Ranch Arts Center


The Anderson Ranch Art Center Artists-in-Residence program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists. 14 artists are selected for the fall term and 14 artists are selected for the spring term. Finalists are chosen on the basis of artistic merit by an independent jury of established working artists and will live and work at Anderson Ranch for a ten week fall or five week spring residency period. While in residence, all artists will share in an established community of interaction, conceptual development and intense production of work. Given the staffing and facilities available at the Ranch, its artist residency program will become one of the most robust programs of its type in the United States.

While in residence, artists will be encouraged to pursue their own work amidst a group of artistic peers. The residency is designed to allow artists to take risks and pursue new projects and ideas, free from every day pressures. The residency is for those artists desirous of advancing their work or creating a new body of work. Residents are encouraged to pursue a multidisciplinary approach toward their work while at the Ranch. Resident artists will be provided with housing, studio space, meals and certain other benefits and will be required to submit only a nominal residency fee of $100. While in residence, there is an optional structure of critical study such as studio visits, visiting critic lectures, etc.

Recent visiting artists have included: Roy Dowell, Brian Tolle, Polly Apfelbaum, Simen Johan, David Hilliard and Sanford Biggers.

Discipline(s) Media


Digital Media


Furniture Design and Woodworking

Painting and Drawing



Residency Programme since: 1985
Description of Organisation:

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is nestled among the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the resort community of Snowmass Village, Colorado, 10 miles west of Aspen and 160 miles west of Denver. Formerly a turn-of-the-century working ranch, Anderson Ranch became an artists’ community over 40 years ago. In 1966, a handful of artists cleared out the historic barns for studios, set up a gallery, and began to offer classes. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit visual arts community in 1973, Anderson Ranch has matured into an internationally recognized visual arts institution.

At Anderson Ranch, we recognize human beings’ lifelong need to develop personal creativity and to discover, learn and grow. Through our various programs such as our year-round workshops, community outreach, public events, exhibitions and residencies we nurture and inspire imaginations of all ages, encouraging experimentation, intensive inquiry and creative production. Anderson Ranch is an international center for the creation of new work and untried art forms for leading artists of our time.

Organisation founded in: 1966
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Part of an Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • New Media
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Ceramics facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Library
  • Office
  • Welding tools
  • Photography-Darkroom
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Public presentations at neighboring arts institutions.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $1,500.00 for 10 weeks in fall, $750.00 for 5 weeks in spring.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: ASE, Aspen Pitkin County Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Amtrak Glenwood Springs, CO
    How to reach by plane: The Pitkin County Airport (ASE)- a Ranch staff will pick you up.Eagle County Airport (EGE)- 1.5 hours from Ranch.Denver Airport (DIA)- 4 hours from Ranch.There is a van service from Eagle and Denver airports available through Colorado Mountain Express to Anderson Ranch.
    How to reach by train: Greyhound Bus Service and Amtrak Train to Glenwood Springs, CO which is 41 miles from Anderson Ranch. Once in Glenwood Springs you can take RFTA, the Roaring Fork Valley regional bus service to Anderson Ranch.
    How to reach by car: Anderson Ranch is about 4 hours from Denver, CO.
    Street & Number: 5263 Owl Creek Rd, Box 5598
    Postal Code: 81615
    City: Snowmass Village
    Country long: United-States
    5263 Owl Creek Rd, Box 5598
    Snowmass Village 81615 CO USA
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