Many months of planning and preparation came to fruition this week, as Anderson Ranch launched the Summer 2014 workshop season!
Students began arriving at the Ranch on Sunday evening, where they enjoyed a delicious meal of meat or vegetable lasagna, courtesy of the Ranch Café staff, led by our new café mangers, Kendra Lizotte and Geri Maeshiro. After dinner, Jason Schneider and Ryoichi Suzuki, provided our first Guest Faculty Lectures of the summer to an audience of students, interns and fellow faculty members, as well as the general public who decided to share in the excitement.
This morning, orientation was held to welcome all of this week’s students and help them get acquainted with the Ranch. As Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms enthusiastically greeted new and returning students to the Ranch, she encouraged them to turn off their cell phones and immerse themselves in the Ranch this week in order to truly have a life-changing experience. “Turn ‘em off and drop in!” was excellent advice, Nancy!
Andrea Wallace, Artistic Director of Photography and New Media encouraged students to enjoy the week, have fun and consider taking another workshop this summer, as there is still space available in late June, July and August courses. She also spread the word of two exciting field expeditions for 2015 – A Jamaica pottery expedition in late April/May, as well as a photography expedition to Florence in May.
This week marks Doug Casebeer’s 30th summer of workshops at Anderson Ranch. This summer, he continues not only as the Artistic Director of 3D programming, but also as the newly appointed Associate Director. He’ll be a busy man this summer! Both Doug and Jenene Nagy, Artistic Director of Painting and Printmaking, also provided welcome comments to the students, as did our operations, café and facilities managers.
The energy and excitement on campus today is flowing in abundance, as we can hardly wait to share life-changing experiences this summer with students and visitors to the Ranch!