The Center

The Center at Anderson Ranch

A vital link in the education of emerging artists.

The Center students gain access to master faculty—top contemporary artists and educators—over a three-year period, providing rigorous inquiry and steady direction for their individual practice. Students gain the critical levels of knowledge and mentorship necessary to take the next, important steps of becoming serious contributors in their chosen fields.

Anderson Ranch offers The Center programs in the fields of Photography, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Digital Fabrication and Ceramics.

The programs, which include studio work, critical dialog and critique, offer artists the opportunity to expand the scope of their current practice as well as their ability to develop a critical eye regarding their work. In addition to weeklong or two-week workshops each year, participants engage in mid-year portfolio reviews as well as quarterly meetings with faculty to discuss their ongoing work and progress. At mid-year, the faculty conduct an online critique with the entire group.

Programs within The Center are generously underwritten by Becky and Mike Murray, David Newberger and the Windgate Foundation.

Ongoing Workshops

  • IV

    Level IV

    Students have advanced skill and knowledge of digital fabrication. Students are highly motivated and have multiple portfolios of their artwork.

Aug 15 - 19, 2022
9AM-5PM

The Center: Object Design and Architecture

Ronald Rael, Del Harrow

Tuition $1,700
Code S1111-22

The innovation of 3-D printing has opened the doors for artists and designers to find new ways to access and develop built environments, architecture and multiple objects that create bold impact. This socially-driven workshop considers how technologies, design, interaction and formal concerns help to aid and give agency to the intervention with, and disruption of, the consequences of existing societal and physical barriers. Creative thinking is encouraged as the basis for finding ways to use objects and constructs to enable new forms of consciousness. This class is in its third year of a 3-year program. Please contact Liz Ferrill for more information about a new section in 2023.

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  • IV

    Level IV

    Photography students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography and digital image processing. New Media students have advanced skills and knowledge of video, multimedia, coding or animation. Students are self­-motivated and have multiple portfolios of their artwork.

Aug 22 - 26, 2022
9AM-5PM

The Center: Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography Projects

Ed Kashi, James Estrin

Tuition $1,700
Code P1226-22

The digital age has given documentary photographers and photojournalists new ways to tell stories with greater authorship and control. This workshop focuses on how to create a personal documentary project and get it seen. The ultimate goal is to find a subject that speaks to a personal passion, document it in a unique visual style, then disseminate the work. Participants engage new technologies to become more effective storytellers, which include social media, transmedia, virtual reality and digital video. This class is in its third year of a 3-year program. Please contact Andrea Jenkins Wallace for more information about a new section in 2023. awallace@andersonranch.org

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  • IV

    Level IV

    Students have advanced skill and knowledge of painting and drawing. Students are highly motivated and self­-directed, have a minimum of five years experience in their field and have multiple portfolios of their artwork. Portfolio review is required for admittance to some Level IV classes.

Aug 22 - 26, 2022
9AM - 5PM

The Center: Topics in Painting: Studio Practice and Critique

Shahzia Sikander, Holly Hughes

Tuition $1,200
Code D1224-22

This three-year advanced mentorship program encourages each student to push their studio practice. Working at a rigorous pace, engaging in critical dialog with the group and with the instructors in individual critique, artists refine and expand their investigations. Wide-ranging topics include concept and approach to contemporary art practice as well as technical and material explorations. Students are expected to work independently with the support of their class peers and instructors, raising the ambition of their own studio goals. Although primarily a painting workshop, participation by installation artists and other artists working across media is encouraged. The goal of the series is for students to gain community, develop insight into their work and, through discussion, challenge themselves to reflect on their artistic intentions. This is the first year of a 3-year program.  To attend a workshop with The Center, a portfolio review is due by Friday, February 11th, 2022. Instructions on how to submit your portfolio are as follows: Submit digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) via email directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Paul Keefe at pkeefe@andersonranch.org. The single PDF must be less than 10 MB to be considered. Include 10 images of 10 works with image identification that lists the title, media, dimensions and year of each image. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, we must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, Feb. 11th, 2022. If we receive your materials after Feb. 11th, you will be considered on a space-available basis. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.

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Participants

“The program was essential to completing my long-term documentary project. It can be difficult to find the time for a passion project when you’re working on your own, especially when your work is emotionally challenging, and having my classmates ready to talk through the difficulties I faced helped me in more ways than I can count. I so value the people I met and the work I was able to produce through this program and know that it will continue to impact my work and career.”

-Lauren Justice, Graduate of The Center

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