Lift Ticket Timeline

When AAM Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson first arrived in Aspen with a fresh outlook on the possibilities inherent here; she noticed the square white paper lift tickets dangling off ski jackets all around town. To Heidi, these lift tickets—utilitarian two-by-three inch cards—were an opportunity, blank canvases on which art could be presented. She approached Aspen Skiing Company with an idea for a collaborative endeavor: to invite contemporary artists to participate directly in the cultural life of the valley by creating new works for display on the lift tickets. Ever since, skiers and snowboarders on Aspen’s four mountains have worn ski passes displaying unique, contemporary, wearable art. ASC and AAM have collaborated to produce ski passes with artworks by such renowned contemporary artists as Yutaka Sone, Peter Doig, Karen Kilimnik, Jim Hodges, Carla Klein, Mamma Andersson, and Mark Grotjahn.


Laura Owens: created 11 different designs making a limited-edition series

The Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company continue their longstanding lift pass collaboration for the 2016-2017 ski season setting Aspen apart as a unique cultural/recreational destination. In celebration of this groundbreaking partnership, the latest edition features the artwork of renowned contemporary artist Laura Owens, with 11 unique, standalone images for the 2016-2017 ski season lift ticket commission. Born in Ohio in 1970, Owens is recognized for her distinctive abstract and almost historical style—in this series using flat stylistic characterstics of Pop Art while simultaneously incorporating a vintage still life, reminding us of the power of art to pose questions and challenge assumptions.


Murakami: Created four different designs making a limited edition series


Anne Collier: created three different designs making a limited-edition series


Mark Bradford: created five different designs making a limited-edition series


David Shrigley: created six different designs making a limited-edition series


Mark Grotjahn: created five different designs reflecting the five sculptures that were created and placed on mountain


Mamma Andersson


Carla Klein


Jim Hodges


Karen Kilimnik


Peter Doig


Yutaka Sone