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 & 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.

The Center Workshops

  • P

    INTENSIVES

    Multi-week programs designed for artists of varying skill levels to immerse themselves in the studio practice of their choice while working alongside established faculty.

  • IV

    Level IV

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

Aug 9 - 20, 2021
9AM-5PM

Object Design & Architecture

Del Harrow, Ronald Rael

Tuition $2,400
Code S1010-21

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 the second year of a three year program. Please contact Liz Ferrill for more information. lferrill@andersonranch.org.

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  • P

    INTENSIVES

    Multi-week programs designed for artists of varying skill levels to immerse themselves in the studio practice of their choice while working alongside established faculty.

  • 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 16 - 20, 2021
9AM-5PM

Advanced Painting

Enrique Martínez Celaya

Tuition $1,600
Code D1106-21

Explore the strengths and limitations of your current work and practice in order to re-energize them in this one-week, advanced painting and critique workshop—the last in this three-year mentored study. Students have studio space and all approaches are welcome. This workshop provides guidance and resources for participants to expand their skills and further their artistic trajectories. Time is equally divided between critiques and working sessions. This course is for artists who have considerable painting experience, especially those familiar with contemporary practices and theory. This class is in the third year of a three year program. Please contact Liz Ferrill for more information. lferrill@andersonranch.org. Portfolio Review Required: Thank you for your interest in our Level IV painting workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Since a portfolio review is required, the instructions on how to submit your portfolio are provided here. In order to conduct the required portfolio review, we will need to see digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) sent directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Paul Keefe, via email at pkeefe@andersonranch.org. Please include 10 images of 10 works. Additionally, please include an image identification list that includes: title, media, dimensions and year. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Lastly, please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. These materials must be submitted as a single PDF (less than 10 MB) to be considered. Please include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, Paul Keefe must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, June 18, 2021. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, July 2, 2021. If you are accepted, the full cost of the workshop will be due to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment. Please note, if we receive your materials after June 18, you will be considered on a space-available basis. Thank you for your interest in our advanced painting workshops. Please feel free to contact Liz Ferrill with any questions at lferrill@andersonranch.org or 970/924-5076.

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    INTENSIVES

    Multi-week programs designed for artists of varying skill levels to immerse themselves in the studio practice of their choice while working alongside established faculty.

  • 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 23 - 27, 2021
9AM-5PM

THE CENTER: Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography

Ed Kashi, James Estrin

Tuition $1,700
Code P1225-21

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; these include social media, transmedia, virtual reality and digital video. This class is in the second year of a three year program; tuition is per week, per year. Please contact Andrea Jenkins Wallace for more information. awallace@andersonranch.org Portfolio Review Required: Thank you for your interest in our Level IV photography workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Since a portfolio review is required, the instructions on how to submit your portfolio are provided here. In order to conduct the required portfolio review, we will need to see digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) sent directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Esther Nooner, via email at enooner@andersonranch.org. Please include 10 images of 10 works. Additionally, please include an image identification list that includes: title, media, dimensions and year. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Lastly, please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. These materials must be submitted as a single PDF (less than 10 MB) to be considered. Please include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, Esther Nooner must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. 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. Please note, if we receive your materials after Feb. 5, you will be considered on a space-available basis. Thank you for your interest in our advanced photography workshops. Please feel free to contact Andrea Jenkins Wallace with any questions at awallace@andersonranch.org or 970/924-5044.

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