Furniture Design & Woodworking Studio Technician
Anderson Ranch seeks a dynamic colleague who is driven by a belief that the power of art-making can change individuals, and the world. We have a specific need for a colleague with a deep understanding of Latinx culture, traditional and contemporary Latinx and/or Indigenous arts and who can make grassroots connections in our community. This individual will also lead our Children’s and Young Artists’ programs; shaping them into a world-class example of youth arts education. Our programs serve both the local full-time community, including a large Latinx population, as well as dynamic seasonal residents who return year after year; and students who travel to attend our workshops. The Children’s’ Program Coordinator will directly teach children’s workshops and will also be a leader in arts education who can teach other teachers, supervise faculty and manage all planning aspects of the program.
Who We Are
Anderson Ranch Arts Center (the Ranch) is a year-round visual-arts organization with a 50+ year history of providing transformative experiences that celebrate artists, art-making and creative dialog, at the intersection of craft and the global contemporary art world. Anderson Ranch brings together both aspiring and internationally renowned artists who come from across the country and around the world to test new ideas, explore new disciplines and techniques, hone their art-making skills, engage in meaningful dialog, and connect with thought leaders and world-renowned collectors, critics, and influencers.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s campus is an artistic community nestled among the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The Ranch campus consists of 14 buildings providing 55,000 square feet of facilities including eight studio buildings, a gallery, a lecture hall, café, store, administrative offices, a student dormitory, as well as apartments and cabins for artistic staff and artists. State-of-the-art equipment allows cross-disciplinary experimentation within the mediums of ceramics, woodworking, photography, digital fabrication, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. The campus is an oasis of renovated 19th-century cabins and barns that sit alongside contemporary designed buildings, all within the renowned cultural and recreation communities of Aspen/Snowmass, CO and the Roaring Fork Valley.
We cultivate a culture of experimentation and collaboration, offering world-class art making facilities and equipment across diverse mediums, experienced visiting faculty and access to the highest quality artistic staff.
Our Mission: Anderson Ranch Arts Center enriches lives with art, inspiration, and community
We achieve this by offering:
- Workshops: Providing intensive 1-3-week workshops for artists of all levels and all ages that both improve technical art-making skills and provide transformative experiences for art makers.
- Advanced Mentoring Programs: Offering advanced three-year advanced mentoring programs that advance artistic practice and careers in the arts.
- Artist Residencies: Providing 5 and 10-week long juried Artists-in-Residence programs which give emerging and mid-career professional artists the time, space and resources to develop new work using our world-class facilities.
- Visiting Artist Experiences: Providing flexible and unique curated experiences to support established international artists seeking a retreat to experiment in new mediums or with new techniques and ideas, supported by our staff.
- Anderson Ranch Editions: an artist’s workshop and print publisher program for hand-printed limited-edition lithographs, screen-prints, and etchings by established artists.
- Community Engagement: Hosting lectures, discussions, seminars, and special events that build a community that appreciates, understands, and supports art making within the global contemporary art world and the human experience for both our Ranch guests and the local community.
Our Work Culture
- Changing Lives and Changing the World Through Art: We care about people and helping them improve their lives. Helping people learn and grow, personally and professionally, in a challenging and supportive environment. We meet people where they are and help them step in the right.
- Culture of Diversity & Inclusion: We learn from diversity and it makes us stronger. At the center of our mission is helping people find their whole selves in their artistic practice and. We strive to live the same values in our professional lives. That includes actively embracing diversity of age, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, as well as background and experience. We approach our work thoughtfully, make mistakes, learn from each other, and share a commitment to inclusivity.
- Rigor & Excellence: We provide the best possible experience for our community of guests, including faculty, students, residents, Visiting Artists, volunteers, supporters and staff. We demand the best from ourselves and each other. We believe in a “Culture of Critique” where we offer and receive honest feedback and support each other in learning and improving.
- Culture of Critique: We believe in offering honest feedback to each other and helping each other explore our efforts and improve our outcomes. We believe in being open to hear and learn from each other’s feedback.
- Culture of Results, Connectivity and Flexibility. We believe overachieving is better than overworking. We prioritize the Ranch and get the job done 110% by being available when needed, by being open, working collaboratively, welcoming feedback and getting work done efficiently, effectively and on time. Once this is achieved, we enjoy the flexibility of where and when we work; we can pursue our passions, be it art-making, family, hobbies, special interests or obsessions.
The Furniture Design & Woodworking Studio Technician is a temporary position from June – August, 2021. The Studio Technician is responsible for studio maintenance, technical support and artistic production during summer workshops in the Wood Shop. Working in collaboration with Studio Coordinators, the Technician meets and greets summer workshop faculty each Sunday and helps lay out a schedule for the class. They facilitate all shop orientations and safety training on stationary and handheld equipment; contribute to evening monitoring hours in the Wood shop and Sculpture shop as necessary; assist students and faculty in all daily operations; perform a weekly clean up of shop, tools, machines, and safety equipment. The successful candidate also has experience in other materials and processes such as metal, ceramics, mold-making and digital fabrication and is willing and able to assist in other departments when needed.
Expected Skills & Qualifications:
- Knowledge of furniture design & woodworking
- Experience maintaining and repairing wood shop equipment: stationary machinery and handheld tools
- Experience with a variety of other materials and processes such as metal, mold making/casting, ceramics, digital fabrication
- Experience as a supervisor or teacher of artistic education programs
- Proven time-management skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to multitask
- A flexible and enthusiastic attitude for working in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to work both in a team setting as well as independently – a self-starter Must be a strong and proactive communicator, both in verbal and written communication
- Ability to provide excellent customer service under pressure and conflict resolution skills
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Clear background check as appropriate to being on campus with children and youth
- Minimum BA or equivalent college degree
- Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 50lbs or more. Typical examples of physical tasks include: reaching, standing, sitting, typing, talking, crouching, kneeling, seeing, and hearing
Interested applicants should email: Meriwether McClorey, email@example.com
Application materials to include:
- Letter of intent indicating potential and desire for the position
- Three references and contact information
Applications are currently being accepted and the position will remain open until filled.
Anderson Ranch is an equal opportunity employer.