Aspen Skiing Company recognized as National Arts Awards recipient for Best Businesses partnering with the Arts in America for 2013.

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced companies selected by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, as The BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America for 2013. The BCA 10 Awards and BCA Leadership Award will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 2, 2013, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.

“A core value of the Aspen Skiing Company business model is providing opportunities that define the uniquely Aspen experience —mind, body, and spirit. We support an initiative that brings our guests ‘art in unexpected places,’ and partner within the arts to foster connections between the cultures of skiing and art to engage, inspire, and to challenge expectations,” states Mike Kaplan, CEO Aspen Skiing Company.

Every year, Americans for the Arts, through the BCA, recognizes ten US companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership.

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Beginning in 2005, contemporary art and skiing became partners in Colorado through a forward-thinking collaboration between the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Skiing Company. Based on the goal of bringing contemporary art to audiences in innovative ways and in unexpected places, we are able to reach out to those that are least likely to engage.

Artist Teresita Fernández’s site-specific wall drawing at the new Elk Camp restaurant and Mark Bradford’s 2013–2014 limited-edition lift tickets are the latest in an nine-year series of collaborations between the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company that put art in unexpected places. Previous projects have included public performances, installations, limited-edition lift tickets, and participatory artworks by such noted contemporary artists as Yutaka Sone, Peter Doig, Karen Kilimnik, Jim Hodges, Carla Klein, Jennifer West, Susan Philipsz, Mamma Andersson, Mark Grotjahn, David Shrigley and Dave Muller. The AAM and ASC present works of contemporary art as part of the on-mountain experience. Every year, this collaboration grows stronger and richer.

Mark Bradford
2013–2014 AAM/ASC Lift Ticket Artist

In celebration of the ninth year of partnership with the Aspen Skiing Company, internationally recognized artist Mark Bradford has designed five different lift tickets for the 2013-14 skiing and snowboarding season, each featuring a text-based artwork reminiscent of his famous Merchant Posters series—artworks he created from community-oriented billboards, advertising posters, and signs removed from chain link fences in his Los Angeles neighborhood. Bradford’s compelling and varied artistic practice has garnered him such accolades as the 2009 MacArthur Genius Award. The Merchant Posters series was the subject of a 2010 AAM exhibition; the only exhibition to focus exclusively on this body of work.

Mark Bradford was born in Los Angeles in 1961. A traveling survey exhibition of his work was organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and premiered at the institution in May 2010. The exhibition traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Dallas Museum of Art; and a co-presentation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Other solo exhibitions include: Through Darkest America by Truck and Tank, White Cube South Bermondsey, London, UK (through January 12, 2014); Mark Bradford, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham (2012); ArtPace, San Antonio TX, (2008); Neither New Nor Correct: New Work by Mark Bradford, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, (2007); Mark Bradford, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2006-2007); and Mark Bradford: Niagra, LA><ART, Los Angeles (2006). Group exhibitions include: Prospect.1 New Orleans (2008 – 2009); Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International (2008 – 2009); Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, The New Museum, New York (2007); Brave New Worlds, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2008); Eden's Edge: Fifteen LA Artists, The Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles (2007), as well as the 2006 Sao Paolo Biennial, the 2006 Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea, and the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

Teresita Fernández
Exhibition: November 2013–Summer 2014
Elk Camp, Snowmass Mountain

The AAM and ASC also present a site-specific on-mountain mural project by internationally recognized contemporary artist Teresita Fernández, Golden Panorama (Snowmass), 2013, at the Elk Camp restaurant on Snowmass. Renowned for experiential, site-specific sculptural installations inspired by landscape, place, and diverse historical and cultural references, Fernández’s work is also characterized by her use of diverse materials and her interest in both perception and the natural world.

Golden Panorama (Snowmass) is based on an aerial view of Snowmass Mountain rendered in highly reflective gold Plexiglas and installed over a deep charcoal-gray painted background. The work replaces Los Angeles–based artist Dave Muller’s 2012–13 inaugural year Elk Camp project—a wall drawing entitled Aspen Skiing Company Music Survey Results and Generated Topography (The Hills Are Alive...)— which was based on a brief questionnaire given by the artist to Aspen Skiing Company employees in which he inquired about their top 10 favorite albums of all time, as well as their height.

Teresita Fernández was born in Miami in 1968 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, an American Academy in Rome Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Artist's Grant. In 2011, President Obama appointed Fernández to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the President, Congress and governmental agencies on national matters of design and aesthetics. Her work is included in numerous private collections, as well as the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art; MoCA Miami; Miami Art Museum; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, among others. She has exhibited widely since 1993, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Miami Art Museum, Miami; Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Site Santa Fe, NM; Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Artpace, San Antonio; The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and internationally at Place Vendome, Paris; Singapore Tyler Print Institute; and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain, among others. Fernández was honored with the AAM’s 2013 Aspen Award for Art during the museum’s 2013 ArtCrush gala celebration held this past August in Aspen.

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