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 dialogue 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. For the photography and ceramics programs, in addition to weeklong and/or two-week workshops each year, participants engage in mid-year portfolio reviews as well as individual online bi-monthly meetings with faculty to discuss their ongoing work and progress. At mid-year, faculty conduct a four-hour online critique with the entire group.  In the painting program, students send their work to Enrique mid-year and receive a written review of their progress.

The Application to be a part of next summers Advanced Mentored Studies Program with Ed Kashi and James Estrin is now live on slideroom! To apply go to

The Application Deadline is March 1, 2019 and must be submitted via our online application form at All Applications will be reviewed by the program faculty. Notifications to applicants/recipients will be made by March 22, 2019

Programs within the Center for Advanced Mentored Studies are generously underwritten by Bunny & Charles Burson, Becky & Mike Murray and David Newberger.

Click below to learn more about the 2019 Program.

Photography & New Media