Colorado Art Ranch
Arts + People + Place




Creativity is a process that can be observed only at the intersection where individuals, domains, and fields intersect.

  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Psychologist/Author



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Colorado Art Ranch

Art as a Catalyst for Change
Colorado Art Ranch is a nomadic arts organization founded on the belief that the arts are a catalyst for change. The creative insight of artists, in collaboration with the rigorous approach of scientists, can help solve contemporary land and social issues. In 2012, Colorado Art Ranch completed a ground-breaking transdisciplinary collaboration (Hardrock Revision) to envision uses for an inactive silver mine site in Lake City, CO.

Aldo & Leonardo: A Wilderness Science and Art Collaboration
Our current art-science collaboration is a celebration of the Wilderness Act. Passed into law on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act marks its 50th anniversary in 2014. Our project, Aldo & Leonardo, is an interdisciplinary collaboration of art and science to honor the lands, resources and opportunities protected by the Wilderness Act.

In 2013 Colorado Art Ranch has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service's Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) to sponsor artist residencies in or near six wilderness sites in 2013. The scientists and artists (visual, literary, and performing) will collaborate to produce a body of work that creatively illustrates the value of wild areas and honors the scientific efforts to preserve wilderness.





Carpenter Ranch 2015 Land/Water Residency
Deadline for Application: June 15, 2015

September 1-30, 2015
Artposita September 24, 2015


Aldo & Leonardo

A draft of the e-bookhighlighting the Aldo & Leonardo project is now available. It will likely change as new information gets added.