Friday, December 10, 2010

Anderson Ranch Arts Center presents James Surls, Joe Cornett and Jacquelynn Woodley exhibitions, December 14, 2010 - February 25, 2011

Anderson Ranch Arts Center presents
James Surls, Joe Cornett and Jacquelynn Woodley exhibitions
December 14, 2010 – February 25, 2011

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, CO – Anderson Ranch Arts Center is proud to present the following exhibitions James Surls: The Black Arts, Joe Cornett, Basketball Hoops: It’s All the Same and Jacquelynn Woodley, In a Nutshell, December 14, 2010 – February 25, 2011.

Anderson Ranch will host an opening reception on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 5-6:30 pm free and open to the public and concurrent with the Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House. The reception will take place in the Patton-Malott Gallery located on the second floor of the Dows Barn administration building.

James Surls: The Black Arts

James Surls: The Black Arts which will showcase the incredible artwork of Carbondale, CO-based sculptor James Surls. The exhibition will feature significant recent works which will include sculpture, drawing and the monumental woodcut print, Through it All, recently printed for the first time.  To commemorate the groundbreaking continuous drawing, To Touch the Center, made by Surls 20 years ago at Anderson Ranch, a similar large wall drawing, created on-site, will be on view in the Patton-Mallott Gallery.

In 1986, Surls cut a woodblock called "Cut Hands, Hurt Eyes" while working with printer Chip Elwell at Anderson Ranch. Chip unexpectedly died a week after the block was cut and so the block was never printed. This wood block was six foot by three foot and was the parent block for Through it All, which was cut in 1988.  This block was four feet by eight feet and due to its large size and inherent printing difficulties, the block went dormant and has been in storage for the last twenty-three years.

John Smither, print publisher from Huntsville, Texas and Surls have collaborated to bring this wood block back to life. They have printed an edition of 12 on Kochi Mashi Japanese paper at 52” x 100.”  The print is signed with a notation that the block was cut in 1988 and printed in 2010.  This print will make its debut in James Surls: The Black Arts exhibition at Anderson Ranch.

The exhibition will extend outside the gallery onto the Ranch campus to include large-scale sculpture on the grounds. On view December 6, 2010 - February 25, 2011.

For inquiries into artwork sales please contact Paul Collins, Chair of Exhibitions, at 970/923-3181 ext. 236 or email

Joe Cornett, Basketball Hoops: It’s All the Same - Gideon Gartner Project Space Solo Show

Basketball Hoops: It’s All the Same is a chronicle of travels throughout the Southwest, shooting basketball backboards and nets. This body of work is a collection of some his favorite basketball hoops and courts that he discovered traveling with his brother and father. Each hoop is aesthetically different and extraordinary in its own right, yet they all symbolize the love for the game of basketball. Joe describes his attraction to the subject matter in this way: “The players who play there still have their favorite sweet spots to shoot from and each court is shaped differently by the space that consumes it. Whether playing basketball in a gym, in an alley, on the desert floor or in a barn, the reason we all play is universal. The courts we play on will change, but as far as the game goes, it’s all the same.”

On view December 14, 2010 - February 25, 2011 in the Gideon Gartner Gallery.

Jacquelynn Woodley, In a Nutshell - Julia and Edward Hansen Gallery Solo Show

In a Nutshell features multiple delicate and poignant collages utilizing a combination of fey designs and figures in poignant combination. Jacquelynn is inspired by the flat pattern, bright color, whimsical designs, elegance and humbleness of folk art. In these fanciful, colorful and spirited compositions she uses the language of Folk Art to address the weighty truths of life and death in an unblinking straightforward manner.

On view December 9, 2010 - February 25, 2011 in the Julia and Edward Hansen Gallery.


James Surls
James Surls is one of the most preeminent sculptors in the United States. His wood-and-steel sculptures are in many major art museums throughout the country including the Museum of Modern Art, Albright Knox, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum. Surls has been the recipient of an NEA Grant and was given the Living Legend Award by the Dallas Visual Art Center in 1993. For more visit:

Joe Cornett
Joe Cornett is a photographer from Flagstaff, Arizona. He received his BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Joe now lives in Flagstaff, AZ where he is the Program Coordinator at Coconino Center for the Arts and teaches at Coconino Community College. For more visit:

Jacquelynn Woodley
Jacquelynn Woodley is a mixed media visual artist and a native of Colorado. She has studied and traveled extensively across the United States, Europe and Caribbean including the Rhode Island School of Design and the RISD European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. She currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. For more visit:

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a world-class learning community dedicated to creativity and growth through the making and understanding of the visual arts. We promote the personal and professional development of artists of all levels of expertise through year-round workshops, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, lectures, public events and community outreach. The facilities feature fully-equipped studios, galleries, café, dormitory and ArtWorks store. Anderson Ranch programs and activities attract thousands of artists, art-lovers, students, faculty and patrons annually to this historic and beautiful 5-acre mountain ranch near Aspen.

For more information on our programs, call 970.923.3181, email, write Anderson Ranch Arts Center, P.O. Box 5598, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, or visit our web site at

Holly Bornemeier, Director of Marketing/Communications
970.923.3181 ext. 216

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