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Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Hiring Artistic Director

Published September 30, 2014

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is hiring an Artistic Director for the areas of: sculpture, wood, and metals. All interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

Organizational Mission

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a non-profit cultural institution established in 1966
with its campus in Snowmass Village, Colorado. By offering workshop programs,
artist-in-residency programs, visiting artists programs, exhibitions and outreach,
Anderson Ranch Arts Center provides transformative experiences that celebrate
artists, art-making, creative dialog and community.


The Artistic Director of Sculpture will provide professional leadership, artistic
expertise and institutional support to all programs in this artistic area, including
woodworking, woodturning, furniture design and metals. The Artistic Director will
be current in digital fabrication technologies and will coordinate the Ranch
“Fab Lab.” The selected individual will be a practicing artist with a national and
international exhibition record. He/she will have direct involvement in the
Anderson Ranch community as an artist and teacher. The position requires a
strong professional network to enhance the level of programming in his/her
practice area.
This full-time, year-round position reports to the Executive Director.

Position Description

The Artistic Director will:

  • Develop curriculum and invite guest faculty to teach.
  • Supervise studio coordinators, workshop instructors and interns.
  • Work with administrative staff on course development, promotion, student recruitment,
    program marketing and assessment as well as teach workshops on a periodic

It is expected that the Artistic Director participate in the artist-in-residence program by conducting the initial review of applications, supporting jury selection, participating in residency functions and acting as a mentor to residents.

As part of a team of Artistic Directors representing the major art disciplines offered by the Ranch, the individual is expected to collaborate as a team member on envisioning and implementing the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.

Core Responsibilities

Overall direction and management:

  • Developing curriculum and programs.
  • Developing and managing an annual budget.
  • Participating in Ranch management, staff and Board of Trustees
  • Interacting with donors and students.
  • Supporting the organization’s outreach activities through studio tours,
    lectures and demonstrations.
  • Supporting staff, board and development office activities to create
    positive relationships with volunteers, cultivate donors and participate in
    board/staff committee work.
  • Representing the Ranch programs nationally to schools and conferences,
    and developing collaborative programming with other organizations to
    expand Anderson Ranch’s national and international reach.
  • Soliciting artwork for and participating in the Annual Art Auction.
  • Be responsible for and oversee these functions within the work areas:
    • Supervise, manage and collaborate with artistic staff to coordinate
      programming of the “Fab Lab” of digital fabrication technologies,
      including 3-D printers and scanners, CNC router, plasma cutter and
      other digital equipment.
    • Order major and minor area-related studio equipment and
      materials, and oversee installation and safe operations.
    • Oversee the safety protocol and maintenance within studios.
  • Be responsible for administering, supervising and implementing one of our core programs such as: workshops, visiting artists program, artist-in-residence program and/or gallery exhibitions.


  • Master of Fine Arts Degree.
  • Capacity to engage with professional artists and
    educators, and balance professional duties while maintaining and developing
    an artistic practice.
  • Extensive teaching experience as well as experience in managing and
    maintaining studios in sculpture, woodworking, furniture design and
    woodturning, as well as digital fabrication technologies.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and maintain equipment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including ability to multitask.
  • Self-directed individual.
  • Pro-active thinker with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity and experience with traditional furniture design, making techniques
    and processes.
  • Experience with CAD, Rhino, Mastercam and softwares appropriate for digital
  • Mac proficiency.
  • Administrative experience: the ability to manage and delegate to a team of
    studio coordinators and interns to facilitate successful program strategies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Team player with demonstrated skills.
  • Preferred experience in non-profit, entrepreneurial endeavors, fundraising and grant writing.

Compensation and Benefits

Anderson Ranch Arts Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package
and a supportive work environment. Salary depends on level of experience.

Compensation may include on-campus private housing. Relocation assistance
will be provided for the successful candidate. All inquiries and conversations will
remain strictly confidential.
Application instructions:

Submit complete application for Artistic Director position on-line at:
(note: slideroom has a $10 application fee.)

Application materials to include:

1. Resume/CV

2. Letter of intent indicating potential and desire in the position.

3. 20 images of personal artwork.

4. Artist statement.

5. 3 letters of recommendations and contact information.

Application due December 15, 2014. Review of candidates will begin
December 15 and will remain open until the position is filled. Start date flexible.
This job summary is not to be interpreted to be all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the
essential functions and qualifications of the job. The applicant may be required to
perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job
description. Certain functions not explicitly stated above are nevertheless understood
to be essential to this position. Anderson Ranch is an equal opportunity employer.


Anderson Ranch Arts Center Address:

5263 Owl Creek Road (street)

PO Box 5598 (mailing)

Snowmass Village, CO 81615-5598

If you have any questions concerning the position feel free to call: (970) 923-3181×209 or fax: (970) 923-3871