Inspired by the long history of the vibrant arts & culture community in Aspen, Aspen Skiing Company created the Art in Unexpected Places program to activate art on the mountain and around town. The program sparks conversation through on-mountain art installations, artwork on lift tickets, artwork throughout the resort, and more.

Aspen Skiing Company has been recognized as a National Arts Award recipient for "Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America" by Americans for the Arts (2013), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

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Art In Unexpected Places

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The Background

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 Sarah Cain's large-scale, site-responsive installation at Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain for the 2017–2018 winter season is the latest in an 12-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.

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