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Anderson Ranch Arts Center

USA / Colorado
Established 1966

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Anderson Ranch is an international center for the creation of new work and untried art forms for leading artists of the time. Artists of all levels and ages come here every summer for the opportunity to uncover, develop and stretch their creative spirits. Anderson Ranch Arts Center offers the opportunity to learn, create and become more.

The campus is in the heart of the mountain resort community of Snowmass Village, ten miles from Aspen, Colorado. Some of the Ranch's structures are renovated log cabins and barns, which are believed to be the oldest in the area. These buildings sit alongside contemporary studio buildings that create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

There are 14 buildings on the 4.5 acre campus. The 55,000 square feet of facilities includes 8 studio buildings, a lecture hall, café, administrative office spaces, two galleries and an 18-room dormitory (30 student capacity) as well as four single-family homes and three apartments for artistic staff.

Who’s Been There

WANG Shin-Yu
Taking and Giving (series)
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WANG Shin-Yu, graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts in 2002. She is a professional ceramic artist. She curated several projects in Yingge Ceramic Museum and had residency in Baltimore Clayworks, Jam Factory, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Banff Art Center.

Being in a foreign environment is influential to an artist’s practice because it forces the artist to break away from his or her usual ways of thinking. Through distance and self-identification, what the artist experiences during his or her residency abroad slowly affects the way future works are created.

Artist Statement:

Clay has always been the medium through which I hope to express my ideas. I condense all of my emotions – happiness, anger, love, and hate – into the movements of pinching and shaping clay. Abstract thoughts are materialized through the process of firing. Artists who work in ceramics are often bound by the techniques and limitations of the material. I had wonderful experiences during this residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and had overcome many material limitations. I also met many artists who used the same material as I did and saw how cultural differences affected artists’ attitudes toward that same material. It was interesting observing all of this. I began thinking about whether I treated ceramics discreetly, as in the Eastern frame of mind, or casually, as from the Western perspective.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is located in the Rocky Mountains. It is near the famous vacation destination Aspen, Colorado and shares the same high standard and cost of living as Aspen. Local residents are extremely interested in the activities organized by the center and participate in almost every program arranged.

During my short stay, I gained the most not from breakthroughs in techniques, but from cultural conflicts. These conflicts helped me to understand my own culture. Such valuable cultural awareness was invisible in its form, but would affect an artist for a long time.