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Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Artists-in-Residence program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists. The residency program is offered during two terms each year for approximately a 10-week period. The program provides creative immersion for independent visual artists working in one or more of the following media: ceramics, photography/new media, furniture design and wood, painting and drawing, installation, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture. While in residence, all artists will share in an established community of interaction, conceptual development and intense production of work.


Snowmass Village, Colorado: United States

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is situated on 5 pristine acres in the resort community of Snowmass Village, Colorado, 10 miles west of Aspen and 160 miles west of Denver.


  • Residency Length: 10 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 10-20
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 28
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 420


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The Anderson Ranch Artists-in-Residence Program is designed to foster the creative, intellectual and personal growth for emerging and established visual artists. There are no specific educational qualifications for entry into the program. Awards will be made to those, who in the exclusive opinion of the jury, have submitted the best work by the application deadline.

  • Application deadline: February 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    To apply for the Fall (October – December) and Spring (February – April) residency terms (approximate dates), applications must be submitted online by February 15.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Laurie Anderson, Deborah Butterfield, Bill Jensen, Sally Mann, Wendy Maruyama, Takashi Nakazato, Juan Quezada, Alexis Smith, James Rosenquist, Peter Voulkos
The last three months were the most productive of my art career. I took risks and pushed the limits of the material and my imagination. Anderson Ranch lent itself to experimentation, where success varied, but failure was never mentioned. It was a nonjudgmental environment; every result was enlightening and to be shared with a supportive and interested community.
— Ruth Borgenicht
The Residency program provides artists with focused time for unfettered exploration and completion of work in a supportive setting, encouraging personal growth and interchange between artists.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Breakfast and 5 dinners per week are provided; vegetarian meals available.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    While the studios and housing are wheelchair accessible, it snows an average of 150 inches per year in Snowmass Village, making the outside paths difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Ceramics/pottery: over 2,000 sq ft of kiln yard, containing a large down-draft gas kiln, an updraft gas kiln, a small gas kiln, one-chamber buorry wood kiln, large and small soda kilns, many electric kilns, a small Trane wood kiln, and a three chamber noborigama wood kiln; 3500 sq. ft of studio space, containing well-stocked glaze and clay labs Digital media: each resident is equipped with their own G5 computer workstation loaded with Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Final Cut Pro Studio 2. Workstations include dual calibrated monitors and an Epson 2400 printer. Residents have access to a Howtek D4000 drum scanner, Nikon CoolScan film scanners, Epson flatbed scanners, and large format printers, including an Epson 4000 and an Epson 9800. A high definition mini DV camera and a Canon EOS 20D Digital SLR are also available for residents’ use. In addition, residents can use the group darkroom. Painting: each resident is provided ~300-sq.-ft. studio space, well-lit and ventilated with 13-foot ceilings; each studio space containing a table, easels, palette carts, and basic tools. Wireless Internet, and a Macintosh computer and printer are available for group use Film photography: the Fischer Photography Building offers a state-of-the art black and white photo developing facility, including 10 Saunders 4500 diffusion head enlargers with "dial-in" control, Schneider lenses and negative carriers for all standard formats-35 mm to 4"x5". There is a film developing darkroom for processing sheet or roll film. Lab equipment includes a JOBO CPP-2 processor, a compressed air system at every enlarging station, automatic water temperature control, a densitometer and two UV exposure units for alternative process printing. Printmaking: approximately 2,300 sq. ft, equipped with two motorized lithography presses and two etching presses for sheet sizes up to 65" x 38". The printmaking studio is fully-equipped for all traditional print processes such as intaglio, lithography, relief and screen-printing. Computer and digital-printing equipment, along with a darkroom and a vacuum easel for photo processes, are also available, as is large scale digital output capability Sculpture: the indoor and outdoor sculpture studios cover 4,000 square feet. Each resident is provided a workbench separate from the machine room, as well as a 170-sq.ft. of space in a communal studio. (some of the sculpture supplies include tig, mig, and stick/arc welders, plasma cutter, gas forge, oxygen and acetylene torches, sandblasting cabinet, air compressor and pneumatic tools, small metal foundry, grinders, table saw, chop saw, band saws, drill press, bench grinder and sanders) Woodworking: The Maloof Wood Barn offers first-rate equipment in a large machine room, two bench rooms, a large upstairs studio and the 1000-sq ft Pryor Turning Studio. The machine room provides:310-inch Sawstop table saws; 8- and 12-inch jointers;13- and 18-inch planers; 1 14-inch and two 20-inch band saws; 24-inch drum sander; crosscut saws; 2 drill presses; mortising machine; multi-router; lathe; router table; Tormek grinder; wide range of hand and small power tools. The Pryor Turning Studio offers: 9 state-of-the-art lathes; tool set at each station; two bench grinders; lathe tools; vacuum and jaw chucks; work benches and storage shelves. There are compressed air lines throughout the Wood Barn. European-style workbenches and tool storage outfit the bench rooms (residents are provided work benches along with tool storage). The upstairs studio, used for finishing and design work, has additional workbenches, as well as light woodworking equipment, including: 8-inch jointer; 12-inch planer;14-inch band saw; drill press; scroll saw.
  • Other facilities and services: Common room/meeting space for residents use; laundry facilities on-site; smoking permitted outdoors only; some public transportation. Sand volleyball court on property. Beautiful hiking and skiing trails nearby.

Residency Fees

Application Fee - $60; Residency fee - $1500; transportation to and from the Ranch; materials and supplies; meals not provided by the Ranch; shipping of works of art, materials and personal property. Residents will be responsible for studio costs beyond what is programmatically available. (i.e., lengthy kiln firings, large printings, etc.). Each resident will be required to remit a $500 refundable security deposit.

Stipends / other support

Specific funding of artists of racial and ethnic minority status is available from the Ranch. Anderson Ranch strives to create a community of artists in residence that reflects a rich mix of artistic styles and ethnic, social and human diversity. The Ranch actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents are asked to spend approximately 10 hours per month cleaning their studio area and common areas.

Contact Information

5263 Owl Creek Road
Snowmass Village, Colorado 81615
United States