2021 Honoree Anderson Ranch
Intersect Art and Design has united three art fairs into one: Intersect Aspen (formerly Art Aspen), Intersect Chicago (formerly SOFA Chicago), and Intersect Palm Springs (formerly Art Palm Springs). Intersect Aspen believes that through art, and the diverse voices of their exhibitors and their artists, they encourage discussions that promote social awareness and foster positive change.
Intersect is a partnership of brothers Tim and Dirk von Gal, who are event industry veterans with more than 50 years of combined experience creating successful trade shows and conferences for business, consumer, and art industry sectors. The three fairs had been under the umbrella of Tim von Gal’s former company Urban Expositions (founded in 1995), which was acquired by Clarion in 2015.
The von Gal brothers’ launch of Intersect in April 2020 brings the fairs back under their management once again and reflects the dedication of its outstanding Managing Director Becca Hoffman, who joined Intersect Art and Design in April 2020. She was the Director of the Outsider Art Fair from 2013 – 2020 and received her B.A. in Fine Art Photography from Dartmouth. In these times of continued concern and unpredictability, the threat of the Delta variant and a fiercely divided nation, Intersect Art and Design is a voice of hope in a beautiful setting.
Intersect Aspect has united three great art fairs into a single voice, which may be a predictive model for the future as a great solution for the overabundance of pre-Covid art fairs.
Intersect Aspen (formerly Art Aspen) is an annual art and cultural event in the heart of one of the nation’s most prestigious collector communities. In 2020 it was an online-only event, replacing Art Aspen, which has been running since 2010.
Intersect Chicago (formerly SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art), the largest and oldest of the three fairs, takes place annually at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, fiber arts, and design. It has been running since 1993.
Intersect Palm Springs (formerly Art Palm Springs), which traditionally has occurred in conjunction with Modernism Week at the Palm Springs Convention Center, presents post-war and contemporary art and has been running since 2012.
Intersect 21, a virtual exhibition taking place in February 2021, presents a focused, curated selection of artworks from 21 galleries in the Middle East, North Africa, and southern California.
Intersect Art invites about 30 galleries to exhibit, holds a full calendar of talks, events, films and ends with a great Aspect August Gallery Night
Aspen Art Museum
Shigeru Ban Architects
In partnership with the Aspen Art Museum, Intersect Aspen, the Aspen Resort Chamber Association, Aspen Daily News, and Aspen Sojourner, Aspen galleries will keep their doors open late for a self-guided gallery crawl, featuring a last look of ArtCrush Auction Works at the Aspen Art Museum, as well as a special cocktail by artist Adam Stamp’s Slippery Slope bar. The crawl will also include the Red Brick Art Center’s opening receptions for Ineffable Green Thing and Griffin Loop’s Launch Intention.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center is worth the trip alone!
It was the vision of prominent American raku ceramist Paul Soldner combined with an incredible land opportunity that paved the way for Anderson Ranch today—one of the most respected visual arts programs in the country.
In 1966, just as the ski industry began to blossom, local resort developers envisioned an arts and cultural center for the valley and surrounding community. They called on Soldner, who chose the Anderson Ranch property as the location for that venue, to make it a reality. There was much personal sacrifice required to make those initial dreams a reality—one which continues to evolve and grow.
At Anderson Ranch, its mission is to recognize human beings’ lifelong need to develop personal creativity and to discover, learn and grow. Artists of all levels come from across the country and around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art making skills and engage in meaningful dialog at the Ranch. Both an international center and a close community, Anderson Ranch welcomes adults, art students, children and teens―from beginners to the leading artists of our time.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
This July, Anderson Ranch celebrated the extraordinary Simone Leigh as its 2021 International Artist and offered special appearances by The Guerrilla Girls, featured collaborations with Aspen Film, Aspen Words, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and much more!
Shoppable Objects presented by Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Carbondale Arts
Intersect Aspen partners with Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Carbondale Arts to present Shoppable Objects, a space to discover functional design and craft created by local artists, open to visitors of the fair daily in the Intersect Screening Room.
Intersect Aspen offers a memorable almost post-Covid experience!