Aspen Art Museum – AAM

We are so fortunate to have a world-class art museum in a town as small as Aspen. The museum brings beautiful art in the form of installations and exhibitions to the museum, they host events that involve the Aspen and international community and they have several education programs.

They describe themselves in their mission as: The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.

The AAM was founded in 1979and has been bringing art from around the world to our hamlet ever since. An early Japanese showing in 1979 titled “Tsutsumu: The art of Japanese package” set the tone for what would be an ever expanding definition of art in Aspen, Colorado. That same year they displayed work from resident artists at Anderson Ranch and the two have been in collaboration ever since. In the eighties classic work was addressed with shows including “Rembrandt’s Etchings” while a community connection was deepened with “Roaring Fork Annual” displaying work of local artists which has now developed into one of its most popular events known as the “Roaring Fork Open”. Early multimedia displays include “Soundworks” in 1981 long before this type of work was mainstream. Over the decades the museum has had shows for Clay, Photography, Stained Glass, Video and more, truly making it an encompassing art museum.

FREESTYLE! This no-holds-barred winter benefit for the Aspen Art Museum is sure to dazzle you and your guests with champagne, fine caviar, a top-shelf bar, and exquisite live auction items. Recent auction items have included such one-of-a-kind items as a Ferrari winter driving experience; a private getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This event is a cornerstone in fundraising for the AAM and is a party not to be missed by those in the know.

Art Crush another AAM Signature event where prominent artists, art collectors, curators, gallery owners, celebrities, and philanthropists from around the world gather in Aspen every year during the first week in August to celebrate the Aspen Art Museum. Featuring a celebrated wine tasting and auction, seated dinner for 350 guests, live and silent auctions of major works of contemporary art.

The depth of educational programs provided by AAM is truly impressive. From “Story Art” where AAM partners with local libraries is a free program that combines learning to read with art-making and activities that build visual literacy. To workshops held both at the museum and at local schools where children are introduced to creative ways to create art. There are family workshops to get the whole family involved to support programs for local educators.

The latest buzz is all about the new AAM building and location. Moving from off the beaten path to right in the core of downtown with a space designed and built specifically for the museum that will be a work of art in itself. The new space will be open for the summer of 2014!

Take a break for skiing or hiking, and all the parties and sink one level deeper in the international culture that Aspen has to offer at the Aspen Art Museum.