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Aspen Art Museum



The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.

Early History

In 1976, a City of Aspen vote led to the acquisition and development of an out-of-use building at 590 North Mill Street that became the Aspen Art Museum’s first home until 2014. Built in 1888, the Hunter Creek Power Plant first served the city’s silver mining operations while also enabling Aspen to be the first city west of the Mississippi to have streetlights powered by hydroelectric energy. Supporting a recommendation that an art space would offer the most creative and adaptive community service, the City assisted efforts to rehabilitate the disused structure. By November 1977, the Aspen Center for the Visual Arts (ACVA) was incorporated within the state of Colorado, and in August 1978, the ACVA board selected its first director, Philip Yenawine.

On June 16, 1979, the ACVA opened to the public with the inaugural exhibition American Portraits of the Sixties and Seventies, featuring works by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol, among others.

The first year three years of programming featured a wide range of exhibitions, including one-person shows by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg. In 1984, the board approved a name change to the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) to better reflect its curatorial scope, established its AAM National Council, and became a nationally accredited institution through the American Association of Museums (now American Alliance of Museums).


Nicola Lees

Board of Trustees

John Phelan, Chair
Melony Lewis, Copresident
Amnon Rodan, Copresident
Mary Scanlan, Secretary
Justin Douglas, Treasurer

Barbara Bluhm-Kaul
Janet Crown
Domenico De Sole
Marcy Edelstein
Paul Edgerley
Joe Felson
Christy Ferer
Barbara Gamson
David Ganek
Steve Hansen
Toby Devan Lewis, In Memoriam
Nancy Magoon
Nicola Marcus
Paul Pariser
Kelli Questrom
Nancy Rogers
Jamie Tisch

Director History

Philip Yenawine

Laurel Jones

Annette DiMeo Carlozzi

David Floria (Curator/Acting Director)

Susan Jackson

Susie Hojel

Suzanne Farver

Mary Ann Igna (Interim Director)

Dean Sobel

Heidi Zuckerman


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