Master Classes

Take Your Practice Further

Master Classes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center are highly selective, limited-enrollment workshops which provide advanced students with even greater access to world-renowned artists and educators. These rigorous classes are geared toward professional and committed artists who want to take their work to the next level with mentoring from master teachers, but who may not have the time for a years-long committed mentorship or residency. In the interest of continuity, some Master Classes also offer additional virtual sessions following the in-person summer workshop. Master classes require a portfolio review for admission.

Concentrating on aesthetic, technical and conceptual development, classes specifically address how to improve one’s work through group discussions, individual sessions with the instructor and studio time. Students dive deeply into the dynamics of their art-making and medium. The goal is to unleash a student’s potential with rigor and exploration, direction and critique. Our Master Classes are a dynamic new offering as well as an essential addition to our artistic programs.

Master Class Faculty

Tina Campt

Tina Campt is Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Tina is a black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art. One of the founding researchers in Black European Studies, her early work theorized gender, racial, and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, focusing on the role of vernacular photography in processes of historical interpretation. She is the author of four books: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich, Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe, Listening to Images and A Black Gaze published by MIT Press in 2021.

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David Antonio Cruz

David Antonio Cruz uses painting and performance to explore the visibility and intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies. David is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, National Portrait Gallery and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculptor Grant. He received an MFA from Yale University.

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Linda Geary

Linda Geary is Professor/Chair of Painting at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her book, Studio Visit, is a compilation of 100 studio visit conversations with a focus on collage and color, including an essay by poet Norma Cole. Linda is a painter who lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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John Gill

John Gill teaches at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has received numerous awards including honors from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Andrea Gill

Andrea Gill is a Professor Emerita at Alfred University. Her works are in the permanent collections of the LACMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.Andrea Gill is a professor Emerita at Alfred University. Her works are in the permanent collection of the LACMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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Elliott Hundley

Elliott Hundley’s practice integrates photography, painting, collage, sculpture, performance and drawing. In 2019, he was the inaugural curator of “Open House”, a group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles that featured works drawn from the permanent collection. Elliott is a recent recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Jan and Randy Johnston

Jan McKeachie Johnston: Since 1979, Jan McKeachie Johnston has been active in teaching workshops across the United States and Chile. For the past 40 years she has participated in important national and international exhibitions and her work has also been featured in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. Randy Johnston: Randy Johnston is an internationally-recognized artist and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Distinguished Teaching Award in American Arts from the James Renwick Society of the Smithsonian. Randy is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and his work is in numerous international museums and private collections.

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Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995 Atlanta, GA; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY ) is a photographer and filmmaker working across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of Blackness. In 2018, he made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover of American Vogue for Beyoncé’s appearance in the September issue. The following year, a portrait from this series was acquired by The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection. In 2019 Mitchell held his first solo exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam where he showed new photographic and video works including his film Idyllic Space. An iteration of the show traveled to the International Center of Photography in New York in 2020. Mitchell published an eponymous monograph with Prestel Random House in conjunction with the exhibition, further exploring his take on a Black visual utopia. In 2020 Mitchell was announced as the recipient of the Gordon Parks Fellowship, which will support a new project that reflects and draws inspiration from Parks’ central themes of representation and social justice. Mitchell’s fellowship will culminate in an exhibition of the new works at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gallery in Pleasantville, NY. Mitchell has lectured at a number of institutions on the politics of image-making including Harvard University, Paris Photo and the International Center of Photography (ICP).

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Mark Newport

Mark Newport’s work uses textiles, performance, print, and photography to reveal the vulnerability inherent in traditional western ideals of masculinity. His work has been recognized by awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation. Newport’s work is represented by the Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit.

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