Anderson Ranch’s largest community event, the 38th Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic, will feature more than 200 works of art available for bid in live and silent auctions. A highlight of the Aspen/Snowmass summer arts and cultural scene, the event takes place Saturday, August 4, from 11:00 AM – 3:00PM at Anderson Ranch. The Annual Art Auction is open to the public and will be a fun morning and afternoon full of live music, children’s art activities, a picnic lunch and more as part of the art-infused experience.


Curated by Barbara Lee, the live auction portion of the event features works by top contemporary artists Christo, Mark Dion, Carroll Dunham, Shepard Fairey, Brad Howe, Dashiell Manley and Trevor Paglen. Alexander Berggruen, who is Christie’s Head of Afternoon Session, Specialist, Post-War and Contemporary Art, will serve as auctioneer.


“The 38th Annual Art Auction is a celebration of community, welcoming art makers and art lovers of all kinds to the Ranch,” said Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. “This community event has something for everyone. Most of the works in our auctions have Ranch roots—they were either created here, were part of a body of work presented here, or made by artists with a connection here. We are fortunate to have the support of such a solid Ranch family—everyone’s involvement means so much!”


All auction items will be available for preview at Anderson Ranch July 30-August 3; live auction works will be on view at the Ranch’s Patton-Malott Gallery and the Curator’s Choice and silent auction works will be on display at the Ranch’s Wyly Painting Building. Advance bidding for live and Curator’s Choice auction works is available via Paddle8 right now at until August 2.


For further information, visit or call Hailey Walsh at 970/924.5067.


The Annual Art Auction raises funds to help underwrite over 140 summer workshops, a spring and fall Artists-in-Residence program, community outreach, public programs such as the Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, a Visiting Artist program, scholarships and much more.