Creativity & Style at its Peak
A Thriving Community of Artists, Architects, and Designers Carries on Aspen’s Rich Creative Legacy
Aspen has long been a hotbed of creative activity. In the 1950s, Chicago industrialist Walter Paepcke spearheaded Aspen’s cultural rebirth. Bauhaus icon Herbert Bayer was Paepcke’s right-hand man, helping to found the International Design Conference in Aspen while infusing his ideas about art, architecture, and design into the campus of the Aspen Institute and the town at large.
In the ’60s, Aspen was home to the little known but significant Aspen Center for Contemporary Art, the brainchild of renowned art collector John Powers. For five summers, Powers, the retired president of a New York publishing house, opened downtown Aspen’s Brand Building to some of the most important figures in the art world at the time—today’s contemporary art giants. Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, and James Rosenquist were only a few of the legendary artists who found freedom and inspiration in Aspen.
Today, Aspen’s tradition of creativity lives on through organizations such as the famed Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass as well as through innovative individuals—artists, designers, and Aspen’s plethora of forward-thinking architects.
A Modern-Day Artists’ Colony