Advanced Mentored Studies

The Center for Advanced Mentored Studies at Anderson Ranch is a vital link in the education of emerging artists.

Advanced 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 Advanced Mentored Studies programs in the fields of Photography, Painting & Drawing, 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, faculty conduct an online critique with the entire group.

The Application to be a part of next summer’s Advanced Mentored Studies Program with Ed Kashi and James Estrin is now live on slideroom!

To apply go to

The Application Deadline has been extended to March 6, 2019 and must be submitted via our online application form at All Applications will be reviewed by the program faculty. Notifications to applicants will be made by March 22, 2019.

Click below to learn more about the 2019 Program.

Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects

Programs within the Center for Advanced Mentored Studies are generously underwritten by Susan and Robert Brown, Becky & Mike Murray and David Newberger.