Colorado Art Ranch Residency Program
Colorado Art Ranch is a nomadic arts organization, founded on the belief that the arts are catalysts for change. In support of that belief they offer residencies for literary and visual artists, and Artposia for the public.
Colorado Art Ranch travels to Colorado towns each year to sponsor one-month residencies for artists from around the world. Colorado Art Ranch also hosts a public forum, called an Artposium, to promote conversations on how the arts intersect with land and social issues.
Their newest residency program expands beyond the reaches of Colorado.
Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute are hosting one-month residencies in six different wilderness biomes throughout the United States. Artists will be collecting data with researchers and creating their own work in response.
Passed into law on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act will mark its 50th anniversary in 2014. Their endeavor is an interdisciplinary collaboration of art and science designed to celebrate the lands, resources and opportunities protected by the Wilderness Act.
The project, entitled Aldo & Leonardo, is inspired by the scientific wisdom of Aldo Leopold and the artistic genius of Leonardo da Vinci. During 2013, the U.S. Forest Service’s Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) and Colorado Art Ranch will sponsor small groups of visiting artists and resident scientists for one-month shared residencies in or near six wilderness sites. The scientists and artists – visual, literary, and performing – will collaborate to produce a body of work that creatively illustrates the value of wild areas and honors the scientific efforts to preserve wilderness.