High School Studio Assistant

Summer 2021 Openings: June 11 – July 16 or July 16 – Aug 20

Our Dream

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.

Position Summary

The high school studio assistant is a paid part time summer position with two openings, the first from June 11th – July 16th and the second from July 16th – August 20th. Assistants work 20 hours per week. The studio assistant primarily supports programs across Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Woodworking, Sculpture, Ceramics and our Children’s program. Responsibilities include daily cleaning and maintenance of studios and equipment and assistance with weekly studio turnover every Friday from 3-6PM.

The successful candidate has a strong work ethic, attention to detail, focus on customer service, and excellent communication skills.

The studio assistant receives training and mentorship from interns and Studio Coordinators to acquire and perform these skills. Candidates should be eager to learn and follow directions. 

Expected Skills & Qualifications:

  • Current High School student
  • Interest in art making
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds or more. Typical examples of physical tasks include: reaching, lifting or helping move large objects, standing, sitting, typing, talking, crouching, kneeling, seeing, and hearing.
  • Maintains studios by disposing of trash daily as well as daily clean-up and equipment maintenance.
  • Ability to assist with the loading and unloading of kilns.
  • Helps prepare jobs/projects and categorize supplies.
  • The candidate must be a motivated individual who can work independently and safely.

Staff Community Responsibilities and Other Duties:

  • The descriptions above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the role.

Interested applicants should email: Meriwether McClorey, mmcclorey@andersonranch.org

Application materials to include:

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of intent indicating potential and desire for the position
  3. 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.